Everyone who is thinking about starting a diet come January 1, listen up: Australian blogger Madalin Frodsham recently proved that eating less is not necessarily going to lead to more weight loss. While that may seem counter-intuitive, let her explain.
“When I was eating 800 calories a day, I thought I was healthy. I was eating healthy food, but hardly any macronutrients. At the time 800 calories was keeping me full because that’s what my body was used to. After a while though, salad simply wasn’t cutting it, and for all the restrictions I was placing on my diet, I simply wasn’t seeing the results I had anticipated.”
Madalin then decided to reach out to a nutritionist who told her that her so-called “healthy” diet was in fact crap.
“When he first told me to eat 50% carbs I nearly died! I was eating about 10% carbs before and could not fathom how 50% carbs would not make me fat. I also freaked out at all the calories. I’ve been keeping an excel spreadsheet and in the first week of being on macros my average calories for the week was a little over 1000. I remember how hard I struggled to actually eat the size of my meals. I would just put my lunch next to my desk and eat it over the course of 3 hours as I couldn’t eat it in one sitting!”
That’s why her diet wasn’t cutting it: she wasn’t actually getting enough carbs, protein, and other nutrients she actually needed. Turns out eating twice as much food led to getting twice the results she was looking for — she even posted the photos to prove it.
“Don’t waste your time eating salad when you could be eating sweet potatoes and banana pancakes. Eat more and get fit. It actually works.”
Obviously everyone’s bodies are different and there is no cure-all for getting fit and healthy. But Madalin’s results can’t be completely unique to her. SELF magazine spoke with dietitian to get an explanation.
Nikita Kapur told them,
“If your body gets less calories than it needs to function, it can go into a conservation mode where it tries to hold on to as much energy as it can.”
She echoed the idea that not one diet will work for everyone, however.
“Bottom line? Each person is so different with varying calorie, macronutrient, and micronutrient needs.”
Still, we’re relieved to hear an experienced dietician explain why eating less isn’t necessarily the answer to all of your dieting problems. We’ll definitely keep this in mind when we’re making our New Year’s Resolutions!