Why dieting isn't everything...
If you have been following me for any amount of time, you know that I am a huge advocate on three things....
1. Eating Healthy 🍕
2. Strength Training 🏋🏻♂️
3. Sweet Potatoes 🍠
So, when I say "dieting isn't everything" it may come as a shock, but really, we just need to step back and look at what I mean by EVERYTHING.
This is Olive Oyl, she makes sure she eats the right things, getting enough protein, carbs, and fats into her diet as well as micronutrients to go along with it. She doesn't splurge on the things she likes very often though, because she will gain weight AND she doesn't strength train, because she doesn't want to look like a man. So, even though she is in a calorie deficit, she doesn't have any lean muscle either.
This is Diana Prince (Wonder Woman), she eats the same amount of food as Olive (probably more), but she also weight trains. She does heavy compound lifts, eats a lot of good food from natural sources, and splurges often. She may be in a calorie deficit just like Olive is, but since she strength trains, she's able to eat more food and splurge more often without gaining any fat.
Gal Gadot gained 17 pounds in order to play Wonder Woman in the movies!
MORAL OF THE STORY: You are not going to add muscle just because you eat more protein and have your nutrition in order. You can lose all the weight you want, but at the end of the day, you won't have enough muscle underneath to be lean at a healthy body weight. You'll be underweight and undernourished eventually. Can you do 10 pushups? Can you do 10 squats? Can you do 10 sit ups? Are you underweight? If you can't, and are underweight, DIET ISN'T THE ANSWER FOR YOU. Getting stronger and getting your nutrition in order is the answer for you. Focus on main lifts such as: squats, deadlifts, presses, rows, You will have to eat more food, but thats a GOOD THING, you will feed your muscles and also boost your metabolism.
IN CONCLUSION: Two people can eat the exact same amount of food and look totally different. You should make strength training a priority! Eating less and less won't work on its own, especially if you're not getting stronger. Eating less may be helping you lose weight, but is it healthy weight?