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Why Calories Don’t Need To Change This Month

By August 28, 2021No Comments

The ideal weight loss journey will include periods of weight loss and weight maintenance until we achieve our target weight.

It’s common to lose weight quickly in the first several weeks. This is due in part to the fact that when you limit calories, your body first obtains energy by releasing glycogen, a type of carbohydrate found in the muscles and liver. Because glycogen is primarily composed of water, when it is used for energy, it releases water, resulting in mostly water weight loss. 

Another reason why weight loss stalls are because of water and gut content which will eventually normalise after a couple of weeks. Fat cells fill up with water to replace glycogen that may have been burned for energy. Also, When you consume too much salt, your body retains water, which can cause weight gain and risk your weight loss attempts.

Graph showing water retention
Graph showing water fluctuactions aftera couple of days of overeating

For someone who has been consistent with their calorie intake but still hasn’t seen a shift in weight, just hold out and let the body adjust to the new normal. You will see that the right amount of weight will then be lost at the right speed. 

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