Why Clients Eat Less And Gain Weight with Stefan Ianev

Under-eating increases cravings, lowers metabolic rate and increases fat storage enzymes. Watch and find out why and what we recommend doing about it.

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As a personal trainer, you’ve probably come across those clients that exercise regularly, eat very little, and still can’t lose any weight. Well, in this video, we’re going to show you why under-eating can actually be counterproductive and sabotage your clients weight loss efforts.

 

What’s In This Session?

  • Why can’t your clients lose the weight (0:44)
  • Here’s what’s taking place (1:35)
  • What about clients who chronically under-eat (2:00)
  • What happens when your client is in a calorie deficit for too (2:26)
  • Clients who are falling off the diet wagon into binge city (3:03)
  • The real problem that causes people to gain weight when dieting (4:23)
  • Our recommendation  (5:04)

 

Show Notes & Resources Mentioned


The Full Transcript

As a personal trainer, you've probably come across those clients that exercise regularly, eat very little and still can't lose any weight. Well, in this video, we're going to show you why undereating can actually be counterproductive and sabotage your clients weight loss efforts.

And what's up everybody. I'm Stefan from theFitnessBoss.com helping you take hold of those 166 hours that your clients try to undo when they're not training with you. We publish Brand new videos every single week, so make sure you subscribe to our channel. And if you like this video, we would greatly appreciate it if you give a thumb’s up and leave your comments below and let us know what you think.

In today's video, we're going to talk about why undereating can actually be counterproductive for weight loss and sabotage your client's efforts. We've all had that one client or those few clients that supposedly do everything right. They exercise regularly, they eat very little, and yet they still cannot lose any weight. Why is that? Well, for starters you want to make sure that client genuinely is undereating. As mentioned in past videos, a lot of people are mistakenly under the impression that they actually eat a lot less than actually do. Now, generally the people that do genuinely under-eat, those are the ones that are properly tracking their food intake, and their very meticulous with their food intake. If you look at the total energy intake in comparison to what their predicted energy intake should be, they're eating drastically less, yet they're still not losing any weight. And they're wondering why they're not losing any weight and what's going on.

Here is actually what is taking place. You have to keep in mind, with severe caloric restriction, there's going to be also severe compensation with a person's metabolic rate. Now generally, the reduction metabolic rate is never great enough to completely close out the deficit. There's still a small deficit, so undereating in and of itself cannot make a person gain body fat. A person cannot gain weight out of thin air.

However, if someone has been chronically undereating, their metabolic rate is suppressed, the deficit has been closed-in. Now typically that compensation of metabolic rate also comes with a host of negative metabolic adaptations, such as the declined metabolic rate, but also the cravings, low energy, things like that. So typically, these people at some point, whether intentionally or unintentionally, they're going to overeat.

What also happens is an increase of chronic caloric restrictions, it increases fat storage enzymes. So the body is actually preparing, because the body is starving, it’s preparing itself to store fat, the minute that excess food or more food becomes available.

Now at some point, whether intentionally or unintentionally, even these individuals who are super strict, are going to overeat. Because what we know from starvation studies, if you keep starving someone, and you don't feed them, they keep losing weight. The metabolic compensation is never great enough to completely close out the deficit or stop the person from losing weight.

However, most people that are not in that type of setting, will at some point, Like I said, even intentionally because they believe it's beneficial for their efforts, or intentionally because they're just craving and ravenous, or due to social events or anything in that nature, they'll go off their diet and just binge! Well, during that binging period, when the metabolism is heavily suppressed, the fat storage enzymes are up regulated, and all of a sudden you slammed down a whole bunch of calories, and the body's going to onto everything it can at that point in time. Because a body thinks its starving, so once you have that excess energy reserve available for next time that you go back to that deficit. The biggest problem with that is, acute increase in caloric intake has no impact on metabolic rate. So even if that person acutely increases their calories, even if metabolism increases slightly for that particular day, the very next day, their metabolism is going to plummet back down to nothing. So they're just taking all that excess food, their body has held on to the excess energy, because it's holding onto those energy reserves, and their metabolism is still at the same point as it was the day before from the chronic periods of undereating.

Okay, so it's not the actual undereating that causes these people to gain weight. But what it does, it ramps down metabolism, it ramps up fat storage enzymes, and then when they do overeat at some point, the body will hold onto that excess energy. And that's why these people are continuing running this pattern, and even for the most part, they're very strict, even for the most part they are undereating, over every time they binge, basically reversing all their efforts, and just undoing everything they had done for the period prior. That's why these people lose any weight.

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We post new videos like this every week. Providing you with tips and practical tools to get ahead with business building, client training and social media. Today, we talked about how undereating increases cravings, lowers metabolic rate and increases fat storage enzymes.

So, when your clients eventually end up binging, they're more likely to hold on to that extra fat.

That's why we recommend using only a moderate calorie deficit instead of an aggressive diet.

Now if you have any questions or comments please leave a comment below as we'd love to hear from you. Thank you for watching and I'll see you next time!

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