You’ve made it past Thanksgiving but now the Christmas and New Years holidays are right around the corner. This time of year comes with many parties where there is never a shortage of food and drink. For many, it can be hectic as an internal fight ensues between your mouth that wants to taste all the goodies and your mind that doesn’t want to forget about your commitment to health and fitness. Which way do you go?
In reading through all the blogs we monitor and Facebook groups, rarely does a week go by when someone posts how incredibly frustrated they are because they have stopped losing weight. After hearing the specifics of what they are eating, it’s easy to see that their caloric intake is extremely low. When this happens, the body can very quickly go into starvation mode. Although there is much debate as to whether this is fact or fiction, I personally experienced this situation ten days into a cleanse and weight loss program.
For the first ten days I was dropping on average a pound a day but then it all stopped No more weight loss over the next three days. I immediately started doing some research and reached out to my social networks for help. In many cases, I heard very supportive responses like “Don’t look at the scale”, “Keep at it – be strong”, and “It’s the lost inches that matters”. Then one person asked me, how many calories are you taking in a day? Hmmmm….hadn’t really thought about that. I was following my weight loss program for two of my meals each day and then assuming they healthy lunch I was providing was sufficient. However, based upon USDA guidelines for my age and activity level I should have been taking in 2,600 calories a day. However, my math showed less than 1,000 calories a day. My new friend suggested something mind blowing to me, “EAT MORE”. My analytical mind could not rationalize how taking in more food could lead to continued weight loss. Continue reading
There you are, out to dinner with friends, they all order just about everything from the menu. Your level of anxiety is rising as the waiter makes his way around to you. Finally, it’s your turn – “I’ll have the garden salad with grilled chicken. Do you have fat free salad dressing? Water to drink please”. Whew, you got it out – now the countdown starts – how soon until one of your buddies who just ordered the 16oz cheeseburger, covered in cheese, onions and mushrooms, with fries and a beer asks “You on a diet?”. And there it is, the “diet” word. The word where the first three letters spell “die”, something you might just want to do while sitting in that restaurant. Continue reading