I have often said that folks trying to gain weight often over-report their caloric intake, while those trying to lose weight often under-report their caloric intake. It turns out that there is a mountain of evidence and studies to support this, which I have linked at the end of this post. Multiple studies have shown that when all things are accounted for when it comes to a good meal plan or diet, that folks who claim “no diet works for me / I’ve tried everything and nothing works!” are often under-reporting how many calories they’re eating, sometimes to an incredible degree.
One study found that obese people in the study were under-reporting their caloric intake by a whopping 47%. That’s more excess calories needed than if you were trying to gain intentionally.
Another study found that folks with a BMI greater than 30 also severely under-reported their caloric intake.
These are the things that come to mind when weight-loss clients claim that they just can’t lose weight even though they’re following the meal plan “religiously.” Honestly, if you were following it religiously, you would be losing weight by natural law. If you aren’t losing weight, you are not in a caloric deficit. That’s not an opinion. That’s a cold, hard fact, Jack.
I mean, you’re talking to the guy who up until a few months ago would eat burritos, apples, brownies, ice cream, jerky, etc. in bed right before I fell asleep. No amount of exercise will overcome that. You HAVE to stay dedicated to tracking your intake if you want to reach your goals. That means adding in every sauce, drink, dressing, and condiment. It all matters if you have goals to achieve. If I, a lover of eating all the time, can overcome that, then so can you. I am here to help if you need it, but I can’t do all the work for you. It takes teamwork.