Implementing reset days or a reward meal will help your metabolism operate at a higher rate while you're in a calorie deficit.
You might be wondering how eating MORE calories while you've been in a calorie deficit actually HELPS you lose fat.
It’s a great question that has a physiological explanation! When you want to lose body fat, you have to create a calorie deficit.
Meaning, you have to eat fewer calories than you burn. After a period of time in a calorie deficit (burning more calories than you consume), you might start to notice your weight loss progress plateaus and your weight loss either slows down or stops.
A little thing called adaptive thermogenesis happens—our bodies become more efficient at expending energy.
- Your metabolic rate (the rate at which your body burns calories) decreases to accommodate for your lower calorie intake, so you can preserve more energy.
- This means a deeper calorie deficit is required to continue seeing results: either by consuming even FEWER calories, or increasing exercise.
Your body is actually more interested in preserving energy to function than it is in a six-pack—bummer, right?!
So, to combat this, you want to periodically build in calorie overages to reset your metabolism and make sure that it stays healthy and humming along.
It's also important for helping repair muscles and other tissues. This is where the Reset Days and Reward Meals come in!
Once you have your day of increased calories, or that one delicious meal that is higher in calories, you go right back into that calorie deficit and take one more step closer to your goals.
Reset days and reward meals help keep metabolic rate high so you can stay on the fast track to weight loss. You get to eat the “treat meals” you love, and when used as part of an overall plan, they will actually HELP you reach your goals. WIN-WIN!!