Yay!! I’ve lost 25.6 pounds total so far with 54.4 pounds to go to reach my goal! My BMI has dropped from 36.9 to 33.1 and my goal BMI is 24.9.
Natural Weight Loss
Too Many Yo-Yo Diets
If you’re reading this blog, I’m willing to bet you’ve given this weight-loss thing a go or two in your lifetime.
About 75% of Americans are concerned about their weight, but most aren’t addressing it the right way.
A survey by the International Food Information Council found only 15% could accurately estimate the number of calories they should be eating for their height and weight.
That lack of knowledge sets us up to fail.
People go to crazy extremes to lose weight.
They cut out entire macronutrients, like carbs or fats.
This is BAD, BAD, BAD.
This type of dieting directly disrupts your hormone balance, sending survival messages to your body to store fat and slow down your metabolism in case the state of famine persists.
Most “weight cyclers” – aka yo-yo dieters – have been on diets all their life.
This pattern of eating starts as early as the teen years.
One study done at the University of Minnesota tracked 2500 teens – both boys and girls – for 5 years and found those who dieted were 3 times more likely to be overweight and 6 times more likely to be binge eaters than their peers who’d never dieted.
Another study found severe weight cyclers, those who’d lost at least 20 pounds 3 times within the past 4 years, gained an average of 10 pounds more than those who’d kept a more stable weight.
Weight cyclers typically prefer to “diet” to lose weight as opposed to eating proper portions of the right foods.
This becomes an even bigger problem when paired with a lack of exercise.
Not only is this up-and-down pattern frustrating, it makes each weight-loss attempt more frustrating than the one before – especially if you lost weight by starving your body.
You have to work out when you diet to keep your muscle mass.
This “calorie partitioning” ensures that the calories you do consume go toward rebuilding and repairing your muscles.
If you don’t work out, once the diet is over, it becomes apparent pretty quickly you’ve just screwed yourself.
Starvation diets are catabolic; they prompt your body to cannibalize your muscles for fuel.
Your body, wisely, is thinking about long-term survival and wants to hold on to all the calories it can in case of a prolonged famine.
Without that muscle, your metabolism is slower, plus your powerful metabolic thyroid hormones are lowered.
And the most significant change in thyroid and resting metabolic rate comes when people make the most drastic cuts in their calories.
So many people get themselves into a fast/slip-up/binge pattern.
You desperately want to lose pounds for the big day and figure a couple of weeks of 800 calories a day can do only good things.
Well, first of all, your metabolism downgrades itself incredibly fast.
Then you go back to what would be considered normal eating of roughly 1600 to 2000 calories a day, and you’re toast.
Your T3 levels have plummeted.
Your sensitivity to leptin and insulin has taken a hit.
Your ghrelin has shot through the roof.
And on and on it goes.
Come join me on my weight loss journey! I’d love to have you along!
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