Why Losing Fat May Make You Look Fatter
I’ve seen this time and time again when people begin their fat loss journey. At some point while shedding the pounds, it is very possible that you may end up looking a bit flabbier than you previously did.
First off… DON’T PANIC!!
We’re going to talk about why this happens and what to do about it.
Why You Might Look Chubbier
A calorie deficit is king when it comes to fat loss. You MUST take in less calories than you burn to shed the unsightly fat.
This cannot be avoided.
However, when you are in a good calorie deficit, your muscles can also deplete their glycogen (Glycogen is essentially the carbohydrate fuel stored in your muscles for activity).
When your muscles are full of glycogen, you look more full and powerful.
When depleted of glycogen, your muscles can look flatter.
Think of it like filling a tire with air. The tire hasn’t lost material (muscle), it just has less air (glycogen).
Now this is crucial because when your muscles are depleted of glycogen due to your calorie deficit, it creates an effect where you look like