Sorry fellas, this is another one for the ladies. That doesn’t mean this information can never apply to any of us gents, just that most women will find it more useful than most men.
If you have been listening to our podcast or sniffing around this site for any length of time, you have probably heard me talk about calories and fat loss, and you were probably initially surprised to here me say that most (actually, nearly all) women with fat loss goals are not eating enough to facilitate those goals. To briefly recap, consuming too few calories, especially when coupled with exercise, has the tendency to condition a body toward a slow metabolism and efficient fat storage. In other words, starvation and cardio are the fast track to yo-yo dieting and metabolic damage.
If you have a history of not-so-healthy weight loss pursuits with caloric restriction and the kind of exercise that is intended to “burn calories,” the only way to produce any sustainable results is to heal your metabolism, and that requires eating enough to get your body out of the stress that has become its norm and the source of all your frustration. This usually won’t happen overnight, and it might even require gaining a little fat while your body learns some new norms, but I have never seen anyone fix a broken metabolism while her body struggled to adapt to semi-starvation.