• Ben Yates

How to use MyFitnessPal for weight loss

Why am I not losing weight?

Calories are energy.

Your body uses calories for everything it has to do.

From intense exercise like running and weight training to everyday tasks like standing and tying your shoes and activities like gardening and walking... they all burn calories.

Did you know that your body actually uses a ton of calories every single day even when you aren't doing anything?

Keeping your body alive and functioning burns lots of calories.

Include things like walking, housework and gardening.

If your goal is to lose weight, you can either increase the number of calories you burn through exercise, reduce the number of calories you consume, or do both.

But, to lose weight, you must be in a consistent calorie deficit.

So, in answer to your question "Why am I not losing weight?"

You're not in a consistent calorie deficit.

Same goes for "Why am I exercising and not losing weight? I'm walking so much in this lockdown but my weight has gone up!"

You're not in a calorie deficit.

In fact, if you're putting on weight, despite moving more, you're in a calorie surplus.

What is Calorie Counting?

You must be aware of what you're eating when you're trying to lose body fat and what changes you can make to ensure the process is as efficient and fast as possible.

Tracking your calories opens your eyes and forces your buried head from the sand.

The number of people that tell me they undereat but can't lose weight or fat is truly remarkable, and then after two weeks of calorie counting suddenly see why that is.

We all under report what we eat, seeing it in black and white gives you the evidence you need to make changes.

Fat loss is only achieved through a calorie deficit, take the guesswork out of it and begin logging your food without much effort.

Being aware of how many calories you are consuming daily gives you flexibility in what you can eat and how much of it.

This way of eating provides dieters freedom in their food choices, which may help keep weight off over time and create a positive and healthy relationship with food.

How many calories to lose weight?

For general health purposes, you never want to make large or fast changes to your calorie intake.

Instead, you want to be very slow and very gradual.