THANKS to its colloquial meaning and people’s almost-compulsive need to be exceptional, average has become quite the dirty word.
Describe someone as ‘average’ and you can kiss goodbye to that friendship. Yet when it comes to weight-management and fat loss ‘average’ can be the difference between success and failure.
In dietary terms your ‘average’ is what you’ve done at the end of the week or month when you take into account the good, bad and average days. Average is what is left after the blow-out meals, the binges and the purges.
For example, say you’re trying to lose weight and have a daily deficit target of 500kcal and for five days you come in spot on but over the weekend thanks to a normal social life you find yourself taking in 1500kcal more than you planned. Thanks to these two days you’ve now completely nullified the sacrifices you made Monday to Friday.
In fact across the whole week you now have an average daily intake surplus of 80kcal a day. Congratulations you’re now slowly putting on weight!