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Episode 109: Will You Gain Weight When Reverse Dieting?

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What’s up, my beautiful peach? Today, we’re going to talk about gaining weight during a reverse diet. Should it happen? Should it not happen? I feel a little goofy today, but I’m very excited about this topic. I’ve been in the macro and reverse dieting industry for over 15 years, supporting women in sustainable fat loss and learning how to track their macros. I have a bachelor’s degree in nutrition and dietetics from Clemson University and a master’s degree in sports nutrition and exercise science.

Now, let’s address the question of whether you should gain weight during a reverse diet. The main goal of a reverse diet is to gradually increase your overall intake, focusing on tracking macros and properly increasing them. This helps support metabolic function, increase energy levels, libido, muscle growth, and overall nutrient intake for long-term health.

If someone claims to have gained weight during a reverse diet, it usually means they didn’t follow the process correctly. Adjusting macros improperly or not following the specific adjustments can lead to weight gain instead of metabolic healing. It’s important to understand that weight gain and fat gain are not the same thing. Weight can fluctuate daily due to various factors, and it’s essential to focus on body composition and overall health rather than just the number on the scale.

Water weight also plays a role in weight fluctuations. When we increase carb intake, our body stores carbs as glycogen, which requires water. This can lead to temporary weight gain, but it’s important to remember that it doesn’t necessarily mean fat gain. Additionally, muscle weighs more than fat, so seeing the number on the scale go up could be a result of muscle growth and body recomposition.

It’s crucial to shift our focus away from the scale and towards how our body feels and looks. Tracking measurements, energy levels, and how clothes fit can provide a more accurate representation of progress. And remember, gaining muscle is difficult in a calorie deficit, so increasing intake during a reverse diet can promote muscle growth and improve metabolism.

In conclusion, gaining weight during a reverse diet is not the ultimate goal. The focus should be on overall health, body composition, and sustainable progress. Don’t let the scale dictate your journey, and trust the process of properly adjusting your macros to achieve long-term success.

If you want more information about reverse dieting and metabolism, feel free to reach out to me. And don’t forget to grab your free metabolism report to understand your specific needs and goals. Stay confident and proud of the woman you are becoming!

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