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When do I start seeing results from my weight loss strategy?

Responses to weight loss approaches are highly individual and depend on various factors such as body diversity, behavior, and environmental factors. Setting a weight target and the associated calorie deficit does not always lead to immediate and exact results.

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Written by: The Athlete’s FoodCoach, on 8-03-2024
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Why do I not always directly see results?

FoodCoach applies an energy deficit to match your weight loss target based on theoretical models proven in elite sports. In theory, a deficit of 500 or 250 calories leads to a weight loss of 0.5 or 0.25 kilograms per week. However, in practice, results can vary or even differ from week to week, since various factors influence the results:

  1. Body diversity: Every body is unique and responds differently to weight loss interventions. Factors like genetics and hormones play a role, which we can often not fully control. Therefore, exact results will vary from person to person and even within an individual itself at different times.
  2. Behavior: Results are largely determined by behavior, such as skills and knowledge, social environment, emotions and more. Don't hesitate to seek help from a FoodCoach if you encounter difficulties.
  3. External factors: Finally, environmental factors can directly or indirectly influence the results of your weight loss intervention. High stress, extreme weather conditions or a highly demanding training schedule may consequently affect your metabolism and exact weight loss results.

How can I bring my weight loss strategy on point?

Always keep in mind that the set weight loss target with associated calorie deficit can only roughly estimate your exact weight loss. It is wise to monitor your process to reach your weight loss goals:

  1. Weighing: Weigh yourself 1 to 2 times per week at a fixed moment and day, with comparable circumstances. For example in the morning after using the bathroom, before eating and exercising. Using a fixed moment allows you to compare results.
  2. Keep a log: Write down the date and your weight. Additionally, write down the external factors which may play a role in how you are doing, such as stress, training, and even your environment when it has changed drastically.
  3. Adjust your weight in profile settings: As your weight drops, adjust it in your app profile settings. This ensures FoodCoach updates your nutrition plan to match your new needs, as daily energy requirements are correlated with your weight.
  4. Give it time: Results don't come overnight. Often your body needs time to adjust to the new energy intake to make adaptations. Again, results are highly individual and may occur sooner in some individuals than in others.
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