Expectation vs Reality
If you had the option of losing weight quickly to put it all back on again or to lose weight over a longer period of time and never put it all back on again which would you choose.
Now as much as the "get rich quick" scheme sounds good it is most definitely not going to be the correct choice for life long results.
Taking your time investing in yourself by dieting in a way that doesn't even feel like dieting.
A smaller calorie deficit will not only still get you results but you will see a greater change in your bodies physique.
Allowing your body to change slowly is a much more beneficial way to make (and keep) those much needed results.
So why is having a smaller calorie deficit better for long term results? Let me explain.
If you work out your maintenance calories to be at 2000 per day and you find yourself gaining weight then the chances are you are hitting a minimum of 2100 every day (best case) although that number could be well into the 3000's. The larger a calorie deficit you put yourself on the more of a sudden change it will be for you body and mind to take in.
Like it or not your body is going to let you know that you're eating less by tell tell signs such as hunger pains and a foul attitude.
So lets say that you manage to get through your 1st week or 2 on this large calorie deficit and you have lost some incredible weight already (will not be all fat, but that's for another day) Eventually you will get to a point where you will step on the scales and see only 1-2lb dropped. You'll ask yourself how have you lost 12lb in 2 weeks only to have lost just 1lb this week.
Now that 1lb lost is still an incredible result however you have been drawn in by the false expectations of losing all your weight quick.
What most people (in my experience) will do is shy away from telling people their results because they are ashamed. I mean you have worked so hard for it and to then tell someone that you have only lost a lb... well surely those people are going to be talking behind your back claiming you must now be cheating.
Well that will not be the case.
When most people diet they thrive off the attention that they get from telling people. Whether in person or over social media the feedback they get can quite often spur them on to continue on their journey. Yet this one week can let it all come crashing down on itself. You need to remember that when you diet, you are not doing it for your friends or family or likes and shares, no, you are doing it for yourself and your health.
This can quite often then lead to a few more slip ups along with just giving up all together.
So how does a smaller calorie deficit help?
So how does a smaller calorie deficit help with long term results?
When you put yourself on a smaller calorie deficit you will find that the difference between what you have been eating to what you are now eating will be a smaller gap.
What we want to achieve is minimal amount of fight back from you body craving foods and all the other "naughties"
With a higher amount of calories, while still being in a deficit, you will find that you will still be able to enjoy the foods that you really love, all be it to a slightly smaller scale.
Taking away the things you enjoy is never a good thing to do and the way that the whosthisguy lifestyle plans is allowing you all those things while being sensible.
Not many diets will you learn what your body ACTUALLY needs to obtain its goal. And this is exactly what you can achieve with a lower calorie deficit.
By learning how your body can react on a daily basis is essential to understand that a maintenance of weight one week is not the end of the world.
This journey should be seen as a marathon and not a sprint.