Learn why Be Strong are introducing a Tapered Calorie Deficit from today!
If you have been following Be Strong for a while, you will already know that the most important part of absolutely every weight loss programme is creating a calorie deficit.
This is when you consume fewer calories than your body burns, or burn more calories than you consume, it’s exactly the same thing.
This puts your whole body into a negative energy balance. As a result, your body doesn’t have all the calories it needs to perform its daily tasks, such as standing up, stretching, breathing, digesting food, walking etc.
Your body needs find the missing fuel to undertake these tasks from somewhere, so it’s forced to burn your own stored body fat for energy instead. Once the fat has been burned, and leaves your body, you lose weight – well actually, you lose fat.
Creating a calorie deficit is absolutely crucial to weight loss, otherwise it simply cannot occur.
Tapered Calorie Deficit
This has only made possible after four years of research, into calorie deficits, in a live environment with real people. We can now provide you with a robust nutrition plan that will work better for you, at every stage of your weight loss journey!!
How we previously estimated a Calorie Deficit
We would calculate a person’s Basal Metabolic Rate, then apply the widely adopted Harris Benedict formula to calculate the daily calorie intake to maintain their current weight. You can read more about our calculations here.
Then we deducted a fixed number of calories and applied an upper ceiling – the exact same rule for everybody. It worked extremely well, and we have been really happy with the progress people have made using our nutritional advice.
However, we have always felt that it could be massively improved and be more aligned with our ethos, which is to promote lifelong lifestyle transformation.
The case for change
People with a lot of weight to lose were thrown into some pretty huge calorie deficits; which meant the immediate change in diet could be drastic.
Those nearing goal weight had the same size calorie deficit as those who still had lots of weight left to lose. This made it very hard for some people to complete the story!
Unless you’re extremely creative and disciplined, consuming 600 calories less than maintenance each day can fuel a miserable existence that is difficult to sustain.
And those somewhere in between mostly consumed the same number of calories as each other, due to the cap. No matter how much different they were to each other.
The Tapered Calorie Deficit Model
Our new calculations are still aligned with the NHS and fully meet NICE guidance. However, they will remain a closely guarded secret!
Top-Range Weight Loss
People with more weight to lose will do so at a more consistent rate. It will not be such a drastic change at the start. They will find success easier to achieve, which will fuel their motivation! It will be easier to sustain, and they will be able to remain connected for longer periods of time.
Mid-Range Weight Loss
For those people in the mid-range, their nutritional requirements will change slightly, after each and every weight difference is recorded. As we are able to forecast the most challenging periods of weight loss, their allocation will be more generous to support them at these times.
Low-Range Weight Loss
People who are close to goal weight, will be at a lower risk of losing motivation, as they will have a more manageable number of calories each day. Their calorie intake on the final stages of their weight loss will actually increase!
This will ensure there are no issues with hunger and mood, less metabolic problems, and for those who are exercising – little to no impact on training and recovery.
There is a very good chance of everybody starting well, remaining connected, finishing their story and completing their legacy!
Existing members – review your revised nutrition estimates
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