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You may have heard me say before that weight loss is not easy. It’s a hard pill to swallow, but it’s the truth. And if you learn to accept that, your body weight goals will be a piece of cake!

I have had dramatic results with my clients by teaching them the secret behind navigating the various symptoms of weight loss. Once I explain this process, nearly every single client of mine busts through weight loss plateaus.

As a protective measure, your body has intelligent systems in place to prevent you from losing weight. Yeppers. Your biological body believes that weight loss could lead to extinction. Now, your brilliant and beautiful mind knows that’s not true. Weight loss does not mean you’re going to die, although sometimes it feels that way.

Once you grasp the concept that weight loss requires you to move through some uncomfortable symptoms, you’ll be free forever. Weight loss occurs in stages and there are distinct symptoms at each stage. Every woman has different symptoms.

This week’s special Blog content:

Every woman that I’ve worked with has different and unique symptoms. Yours are most likely as original as mine! Below are some of the most common symptoms that I see in my clients as they navigate the stage right before your body drops off some of that extra weight.

Common symptoms of weight loss

  • Sluggishness and fatigue
  • Brain fog and short attention span
  • Edginess and short fused
  • Cold body temperature
  • Heightened sense of smell around food
  • Disinterest in working out
  • Strong cravings for sugar

Check out this week’s video below for more thoughts on this topic!

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As always, I’d love to hear from you. What symptoms do you experience around weight loss? Please share your thoughts in the Comments section below!

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  2. Shirley
    Shirley says:

    Hi Holly! Once again, your message is so timely. Yesterday I was in tears. I feel like I’ve been working hard all summer and my weight hasn’t budged a bit. I don’t understand if I’m eating 1300-1500 calories a day and doing ellipitical 45 minutes 6 days a week along with your Newbie strength training program why I’m not losing weight. I’m 55 and I KNOW I’m dealing with hormonal issues. I weigh more than I ever have (even pregnant). It is incredibly frustrating. A dietitian told me I wasn’t eating enough. I’m scared to eat more. I’m scared to stop what I’m doing for fear that I’ll get even bigger. I’m 5’6″ and 183 pounds. What am I doing wrong? In admiration, Shirley

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    • Holly Perkins
      Holly Perkins says:

      Hello Shirley,

      Don’t be so hard on yourself for not being able to loose the weight. I’m sure you aren’t the only one with this problem. I am here to help you out as much as I can and thank you for always reaching out. Since you are doing the Newbie strength training program, have 3 meals and 2 snacks throughout your day. Try not to go more than 3 hours without eating and drink plenty of water. It sounds to me that you are calorie goal is close to accurate. I would suggest eating 2,000 calories per day as long as you are accruable tracking your food. Its pretty important to utilize a program like my fitness pal to ensure that you tare accurate. Additionally, I suggest that you aim for a macro nutrient breakdown of 40/30/30 (%40 carb). I wish I had the perfect answer for you, and weight loss is never easy.

      Stay committed, keep going and you WILL get there.

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      • Shirley
        Shirley says:

        Thank you so much, Holly! I greatly appreciate your taking time to answer my questions. I truly feel found I found the answer with Lift to Get Lean. It just makes sense to me and I love seeing the progress and moving that pin on the weight stack. ???? I will incorporate all of your advice. I’m my previous comment I said I was in tears, I was also cold that night and I was grouchy…BINGO…today I was down two pounds!!! You are AMAZING!! I love your book and I think you are just amazing. Thank you so much for your gift to all of us…YOU!!

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        • Holly Perkins
          Holly Perkins says:

          You’re SO WELCOME Shirley!

          I love being able to help when I can. I would love to hear how you are progressing in your fitness journey, so feel free to reach out.

          Stay Strong!

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          • Shirley
            Shirley says:

            Today is my first workout in the 3rd stage of Newie! Radical transformation is next. I’ll keep you posted. Hubby is noticing muscles where there used to be flab. ????

          • Holly Perkins
            Holly Perkins says:

            Awesome! Keep up the good work and keep me posted. Can’t wait to hear about your transformation!!!

            Stay strong,
            Holly

  3. keren
    keren says:

    i also have the peanut butter thing…lol and actually, I think youve just share the reason Ive been binge eating late at night lately….i had all those symptoms, and then i binged at night…so fortunately last night i didint…something must have broke…-good !.
    I really appreciate what youve shares here. My fat is in my legs, saddlebags, and i am at the desirable bmi and body fat percentage…so its been very difficult to craft the body of my dreams. i am not skinny and there are clear visible fat sitting on my thighs…..any suggestions ? also, i have been training 6-7 days a week both cardio and some weight lifting, and i have been eating 5-6 times a day…but am experiencing sever constipation..i am drinking about 1/2 my body weight in water…any ideas… ? i do eat protein shakes, and real food..im vegetarian and i do eat fish…thank you for all you help Holly, I truly appreciate you and you are very helpful and inspiring, love Keren

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    • Holly Perkins
      Holly Perkins says:

      Hi Keren! LOVE your message here! So glad that the video and blog helped you in your journey. The symptoms can be evil at times! Thighs: they tend to respond very well to cardio efforts. Be sure to get a variety of intensity levels. Strength training is always super important. Try to incorporate some deadlifts, squats and goblet squats. Constipation: You might not be drinking enough water, or, you may need to add in some salt to make sure that you are holding on to the water that you are drinking. High quality, unrefined sea salt is best for minerals. Also, be sure to incorporate some lightly steamed dark green vegetables like kale, spinach, collards. I always use psyllium husks from time to time – love them.

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  4. Laura
    Laura says:

    Love your polka dots! So….. After a lot of hard work, I have lost weight and am at a good weight for me; however, my body fat is still high. Can you recommend a good balance of protein/fat/carbs for me to lose the fat and gain lean muscle? Ugh….. Thank you!

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    • Holly Perkins
      Holly Perkins says:

      Hi Laura! Sorry for the delay here! With my clients who are active, I generally recommend a macro breakdown of 35/35/30 to optimize fat loss. While diet can preserve your lean muscle mass, you’ll want to lean on your strength training to actually increase it! Thanks for reaching out and being part of my awesome community!

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  5. kathy
    kathy says:

    Menopause makes it so so so so so much harder! This is a great way to resist those symptoms mindfully. Used to be able to eat “healthily”, exercise, and lose weight. Now, I have to eat minimally, exercise a lot, and MAYBE lose weight. Ugh!

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    • Holly Perkins
      Holly Perkins says:

      Yes! Menopause definitely changes things, and, it is still absolutely possible to move closer to your goals. Stay strong, use these tips and keep on moving forward! So glad that you’re part of my community.

      Reply

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