• Nathan Waters


If you’ve ever worked with a coach or Googled a nutrition plan for yourself, you’ll see that most will recommend altering your calories/macros at some stage. Everyone that’s tried to diet and lose weight would have been exposed to this at one time or another. You can download apps like MyFitness Pal that can set your calories for you once you’ve given them your target weight, time frame, activity levels and current body weight.

My issue with coaches and clients that work with the calorie model is that a lot of them neglect external factors such as hormones, sleep, gut health, stress, etc.

Sure, the calorie model does work, but not all the time and not for everyone.

Have a look at this example:

You’ve been dieting for some time now, you see some results then you don’t, so you keep altering your calories and your macros but you’re not seeing the changes you want. Why? What can you do? You can further reduce your calories, cut your carbs, increase your activity; but what happens if you still don’t see what you’re looking for? Do you keep cutting? How low is too low?

Taking food intake and activity levels out of the equation, there are still a lot of factors to consider:

  • Sleep

  • Cortisol production

  • Hormonal imbalances

  • Xeno-estrogen exposure

  • Poor detoxification

  • Leaky gut/gut disorders

This is just a short list, but I will guarantee once you address these factors you will start to see the results you’re looking for whilst still eating ample amounts of food without restricting your lifestyle.


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