It’s calories in calories out.
This is the truth!
It’s brutal for those convinced they are below their calorie count.
Every case involves under reporting, miss calculated requirement, unconscious grazing or a night out derailing the weeks progress.
The answer is to be more strict, more vigilant and stronger willed.
This is the stance you will hear from most fitness professional and nutritionists. What it does is it shifts the blame onto the follower rather than the practitioner.
Unfortunately as the number of failures begin to rack up it requires a degree of ignorance in order to maintain the ‘willpower’ stance.
What I have learned is that willpower is required, especially in the process of creating new habits.
What I have also learned is that our body has an unconscious set of instinctive drivers the job of which is to keep us alive.
These drivers are way more powerful than willpower.
Sometimes they can appear to be against us but they have our best interest at heart.
One such driver is Ghrelin.
Ghrelin- it is a vital hormone heavily involved in learning and growth.
It is also a strong appetite regulator, when produced in high levels it drives us to eat in order to accumulate fat mass.
It also helps to make gastric areas less sensitive to distension making over eating more likely.
Higher levels of ghrelin have been linked to anxiety and stress-induced anxiety.
Higher Ghrelin levels seem to correlate with with reduced sleep and disturbed circadian rhythm.
Circadian rhythm involves consistency of sleep as well as duration.
Try and regulate your bed time so it is the same every day. 10 or 10.30 and stay asleep for 7-8 hours.
Remember if you are finding sticking to a plan particularly difficult you might look at sleep and then re-evaluate.