Why it's harder for short girls to lose weight & what you can do about it!

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Are you 5ft 4" or under? 🙋‍♀️

Did you know that it's not only more noticeable when we gain weight but research shows that our metabolisms are actually slower.

I've recently been tracking my calorie intake based on my weight and height and what energy my body needs. It's not something I usually do as counting calories isn't healthy and can become an unhealthy obsession, but it is eye opening!

Smaller bodies need less energy and burn less energy. I was surprised at how much I was eating prior to this and surprised at how, if I'm eating right, how much less I need for my body to function well, and better.

If you're a #shortgirl like me then here's a few things you can implement...

  1. Start to become aware of you portion sizes and eat for your height - It's easy to plate up your food the same as the tall person next to you but be mindful of when you're full and what you actually need to fuel your body. Using the app My Fitness Pal will give you an idea of how many calories you need per day. Without obsessing, this will give you a rough idea of what you need. Maybe track it for a week so you become more aware of where you're over eating and what your portions should look like. Once you know you'll find it easy to to maintain.
  2. Take up resistance training - Shorter people generally have less muscle mass. The more muscle you have the more fat you burn. Don't worry you won't bulk unless you're training in a specific way and even then it's hard for women to bulk. Just adding some resistance training to your workouts will help burn fat and increase muscle mass. I have some strength based workouts being added to Sweet Petite Fitness on Demand very soon!
  3. Up your protein - Upping your protein will help to keep you full and decrease blood-sugar mood swings. Protein will also help to build muscle & therefore increase you metabolism.

You can get access to high protein recipes and meal plan with all of our programmes and in the nutrition section of Sweet Petite Fitness on Demand so make sure you take a look when you start your 7 day free trial! 

 

 

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