Frequently Asked Questions
How does a calorie deficit work?
A calorie deficit works by ensuring you are burning more calories than you are consuming. Every day, even if we do no exercise at all our body needs a wealth of calories to simply work and more for any extra activity we do. By understanding your lifestyle and looking at your body scan, we can work out roughly how many calories your body needs every day and offer you a calorie guide that is slightly less than that, meaning you are burning more than you are consuming - the best way to lose weight.
Why do I have to track what I eat?
Tracking what you eat can be something you need to get used to and we understand why people ask this question, but there are two main reasons it’s incredibly important. One - it helps us know what you are eating. Although you could just manually work out your calorie intake every day, by tracking what you eat we can see exactly how your intake breaks down and give you better advice. Two - it’s really hard to know exactly what you’ve eaten. By tracking everything, you can get the most accurate representation of your intake. Without it, it can be easy to miss a splash of olive oil here or a quick snack there and then you won’t actually be eating the calories you think you are.
Am I on too many calories?
Everything we do at Absolute focuses on getting you sustainable results. Yes, we could tell you to just eat rice cakes every day and you’d pretty quickly drop some weight, however, that’s not a sustainable lifestyle and it’s just not healthy and you’d quickly put it all back on again. Our nutrition plans for weight loss and muscle gain are intended to be achievable and sustainable, giving you results that’ll last a lifetime, rather than a few weeks.
What if I go over my calories?
It’s alright, we aren’t expecting you to be perfect, we know that we aren’t! Whether you get tempted by a birthday cake at work or a BBQ with family, we know there are occasions where it’s just not possible to stick to your plan and that’s okay. However, if you do seem to be going over your calories more than staying under them, we will work with you to find out why that is and how we can help make your plan work for you.
How can I put on muscle whilst losing weight?
With the right combination of training and diet, you’ll not have to worry about losing muscle mass whilst losing weight. We know that for some of our clients, wanting to build muscle is a priority and so we ensure our plans help you do that. Whatsmore, your body scan will be able to give us accurate data on whether you’ve gained muscle during your time with us so we can monitor your progress and adjust your plan accordingly if we need to.
Will I just best eating chicken breast, brown rice, sweet potato etc?
No - unless you want to. The great thing about our nutrition diet plans is they can be tailored to your tastes and wants; we simply give you the outline to success. Provided you are sticking to your calorie guidance as much as possible and meeting your macronutrient needs, you can eat whatever you want so you don’t have to feel limited to “healthy food”. This gives you complete control over your meal plan and lets you eat what makes you happy.
What are macronutrients?
Macronutrients, often referred to as ‘macros’, are the nutrients that we need in larger quantities to function properly, which are found in the food we eat. They are protein, carbohydrates and fats. When we give you your nutrition plan, you’ll get your recommended calorie intake and your recommended macro intake, depending on your goals this may just be protein, or this may be all three macronutrients.
Will I have to take protein supplements?
No - unless you want to. We know that for some people the world of whey protein products and protein powders can be very foreign and it might not be something you want to add to your diet and that’s fine. We want this plan to suit you and your personal taste and won’t make you eat anything you don’t want to.
If you do want to try a protein shake or bar, we have a great range at the studio which you are welcome to buy directly from us. Wonderful for a post-workout snack or just if you want to enjoy something sweet, talk to your trainer about the products we have in stock.