How Eating Less is Keeping You From Losing Weight

SHOW NOTES: Episode 32

Have you been “on a diet” for as long as you can remember? Jumping from one diet to another, seeing success for a while and then stalling out? By continuing this diet cycle and eating less and less, you may actually be CAUSING your body to hold onto the unwanted weight. 

It’s time to talk about going on a “reverse diet.”

Reverse dieting is often referred to as the diet after the diet. It is a way to gradually increase calories over a few weeks or months to allow you to eat more food after you’ve been restricting calories or not eating enough. It increases your metabolism and prevents fat gain.

I know what you are thinking — wait, ladies…eat more?! Yes!

When you go through restrictive periods, it is common to see weight loss plateaus. When you decrease your calories and can’t anymore, your body stalls out. When you limit the amount of fuel you are taking in, you experience hormone changes and this is where your body will start to suppress or release hormones. Your body is literally saying “feed me!” This even causes your digestion to slow down to absorb nutrients and calories. Your resting metabolic rate decreases which causes your body to redirect all focused energy on vital organs to keep you alive. This is why you will often see brittle nails and hair loss. Your body is focused on keeping you alive, not thriving. Your energy will also deplete.

The good news is you don’t have to stay there.

If you want to eat more without gaining weight or are someone who has been dieting for a long time and you’re ready to maintain your current level of body fat, then the reverse diet method is right for you.

The hardest part is the mindset. We have been told to restrict and over-exercise and this is simply not how God intended us to be. God created your body to work for you and not against you. Guel your body properly, take care of it, and it will respond. 

If you are in a weight loss plateau and feel like you can’t restrict anymore – book a call and let’s chat more about it. Amanda and I would love to help you learn how you can actually eat more (fueling your body properly) and not rely on a restrictive lifestyle.

Thank you for tuning in! I hope this episode helped you. I’d love to chat more about it on Instagram (@rachelmeigsking)!

In this episode, I cover:

  • Reverse dieting
  • How eating less is keeping you from losing weight
  • How you can actually eat more and lose weight 
  • Properly fueling your body
  • Living in food freedom


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Feed Yourself: Healthy Habits for the Mind, Body, & Soul is all about learning the key components of overall health based on Biblical principles. When most people think about getting in shape and becoming “healthy”, they immediately think about their physical health: losing weight, making exercise a priority, possessing flexibility and endurance, and remaining disease free. But Scripture makes it clear that physical wellness is not the only area that impacts health. In order to be TRULY healthy, we have to focus on four areas: spiritual health, emotional health, mental health, and physical health. 

This podcast dives deep into the tools and head knowledge you will need in order to create lasting results, but it also looks at the element that truly ties it all together – the heart knowledge that incorporates faith in God in this area of our lives and how to apply it when things get tough (and they will!).

I wanted to create a space to let you know you are never alone on this journey. Through years of experience in doing everything the WRONG way, I am here to share my journey of getting healthy from the inside out – ditching the restriction and diet culture and truly learning to treat my body as the temple God intended it to be. 

Grab a cup of coffee and join me as I discuss healthy habits to incorporate in your daily life to propel you forward and FEED YOURSELF on your journey to health in all areas: mind, body, and soul!

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