I can still remember that moment that losing weight first crossed my mind. Twelve years old and realizing that my thighs touched! I had ‘fat legs’! Then two babies, bad eating, more weight ……pretty sure you get the picture. I’m guessing you can say ‘bin there, done that’, right?
Over the years, you tried deprivation diets, grapefruit/egg diets, high fat, low fat, juice cleanses, mostly meat……which ones will work? Which ones won’t leave us feeling hungry or deprived? And most importantly, which ones work if losing weight and being healthy is the goal?
Any kind of crash dieting sucks! You aren’t meant to live on 1000 calories or sometimes less per day. If you eat less than you need to function, all kinds of things happen to you and none of them are good.
1. metabolism slows down
2. while you’re losing weight, you have less energy
3. you’re getting fewer nutrients
4. you begin to burn muscle as well as fat when you’re losing weight, including heart muscle
5. you’re hungry all the time
6. you become irritable while you’re losing weight(you’re hangry!)
7. you often feel cold all the time because there’s a fuel shortage in your furnace
No wonder we all hate dieting! And it shouldn’t surprise you that when you’re done with that lousy diet, you almost compulsively want to begin eating again just like you did before. After all, you’re starving right?
Sure you might lose the inches and fit into that new pair of skinny pants or that clingy little black dress. But what else have you accomplished by taking a run at crash dieting? Researcher Darcy Johansen, Ph.D., R.D., and assistant professor at Pennington Biomedical Research Centre has pointed out some potential outcomes with typical diets that are designed for losing weight quickly:
8. you’ll probably regain that weight because weird eating habits are unsustainable
9. your metabolism might remain slow which means that even if you improve your eating habits, you might burn calories at a slower pace, so it would be the same as just eating more food. Now that’s a serious bummer!
10. your bodies insulin sensitivity could get so screwed up, that you might be at an even greater risk of diabetes. Especially if you try losing weight again in the future.
11. the muscle tissue that was burned for fuel while you were losing weight, might not come back as fast as the fat does.
So does losing weight really have to be this hard? Or is it possible to learn a better way to fuel your marvellous machine (otherwise known as your body) so that not only do you lose those extra pounds of yellow, jiggly fat that you’ve collected, but you can be stronger and healthier as well?
I think the secret is to look at how your body is made to figure out what that better way is. The other part of that secret is to not only understand , but to strategically change your diet so that the way you eat matches the machinery. And to quit thinking of it as a ‘diet’, but instead to realize that what you really need is a systems upgrade. My post …Eat the Colours, Steer Clear of Health Problems, will help you figure out how to do what’s worked for me.
As always, I’ll just remind you that while I’ve spent the last 20 years focusing on and learning to ‘grow’ my own health, I’m not a medical doctor nor a credentialed dietician. What I’m sharing here is based on my own experiences and the things that I’ve learned from the real experts who see the actual patients in their practises and write the medical and research reports. My goal is to motivate and help you find the best way to live a healthier and more peaceful life. Neither Ageless at Sixty nor I can be held liable for any resulting injury or adverse change in health status.