Fitness Training Gym in Hercules CA | Weight Loss Coach, Fitness coach Rodeo CA, Nick SMITH, Dedicated 2 Fitness LLC, (510) 375-7227


How important are calories to an active lifestyle?

One of the first things individuals who are looking to lose weight do when starting a new active lifestyle is to severely restrict their calorie intake in order to lose excess weight quickly. Even seasoned athletes may restrict their diets even further in order to slim down for an up-and-coming event. Whereas consuming fewer calories will definitely help you to lose weight, it is detrimental to those who are active. A few of the effects of a restrictive diet are:

Having sufficient amounts of energy is pertinent to anyone who leads an active lifestyle. Because calories and fat are your body’s main sources of energy, restrictive diets will cause fatigue because the body has nothing to draw energy from.

Testosterone is a sex hormone that can be severely affected by a restrictive diet. This cannot only adversely affect energy levels in men, but it can also drastically reduce their sex drive.

Leptin is a hormone that regulates energy production. It is also known as the ‘hunger’ hormone which signals you to eat. When levels of this hormone are low, your brain triggers your body to start eating in order to boost its energy levels. By severely restricting your calorie intake, you are setting yourself up to feel constant hunger, which can lead to binge eating later.

A diet that is severely deficient in calories places your body under tremendous stress, as it thinks it is starving. To compensate for this lack, the thyroid severely slows down the metabolism in order to preserve energy, which can actually lead to weight gain. You may also experience depression, brain fog, hair loss and constipation.

Muscle requires a high amount of calories in order to maintain itself. When you adhere to an extremely calorie restrictive diet, your body often times starts consuming its own muscle tissue in order to sustain itself. Fat provides your body with the energy it needs, but if it cannot be found, muscle tissue is the next best thing. This results in decreased strength and muscle atrophy. Even though you may perform strength training exercises, you will not see the results you want, simply because there are not enough nutrients to support the development of healthy muscle.

If you are trying to lose weight, a good rule of thumb is to consume as many calories as you can, and still lose 1 to 2 pounds per week. If you are an active person who is not seeking to lose weight, you should consume as many calories as possible until you start gaining weight. Then, reduce your intake to a point where your weight is stabilized.

There really is no magic number of calories one person should consume. Everyone’s body type and metabolisms are different, therefore everyone needs a different daily calorie set in order to achieve and maintain their ideal body.

Eat plenty of lean protein and fresh fruits and vegetables per day, and your body will receive the proper nutrients it needs. Eating healthy foods instead of processed ones ensures you are consuming the correct types of calories to keep your body functioning at optimal levels.

Personal Trainer in Hercules CA, Weight Loss Physical Fitness Training in Hercules CA,
(photo credit:


Learn more about Nicholas’ clients and how they have conquered their fitness goals.

Learn More →

Online Trainer, Fitness Training Gym in Hercules CA, National Academy of Sports Medicine in Hercules CA, Exercise Trainer Coach in Hercules CA

(photo credit:


Ready to take the next step? Start by calling or emailing to schedule your free consultation!

Find Out How →


With expertise in functional training, strength training, endurance training, and core training, Nick has helped clients achieve even the most difficult goals. He employs innovative training and motivational techniques that result in major body transformations. With a focus on functional movements that require little to no equipment, clients are able to train just about anywhere, without having to wait in a queue for gym equipment. (read more)


If you’re like most people, you’ve been on a million weight-loss diets, from Weight Watchers and Atkins to South Beach and celeb diets. You voraciously read magazines for their weight loss tips and gravitate toward the headlines that promise you can lose weight fast. The chances are good that you have, indeed, lost weight on many of these diets, but the chances are even better that you’ve gained it all back – plus some. Your skinny jeans become your tight jeans, and then they get tucked in the back of your closet, along with your fantasies of becoming a size 0. (read more)


“When I came to Nick I was over 300lbs. I tried doing all the other diet fads like Slimfast, The South Beach Diet, etc, but nothing really helped. I didn’t even like going out with friends anymore because I was so self-conscious about how I looked; however, after just one month with Nick, I lost almost 40lbs. I couldn’t believe it! Nick helped me so much and everyone at the gym was so positive and encouraging. They became an instant family and offered support. (read more)

Map data ©2023 Google