Freedom from "the Creep" (lbs that creep back after reaching weight loss goal)
Saturday, June 15, 2019
As a member of the SP team At Goal and Maintaining or Transitioning to Maintaining, my teammates and I struggle to stay within a reasonable number of pounds of our goal weight. We call it "the Creep" because those lbs can creep up so stealthily and turn into that dreaded yo-yo weight gain. Some struggle more than others. My struggle started 6 mos after reaching goal on June 15, 2011. Despite all my truly disciplined compliance with all the standard maintenance tips, eating clean and daily intense exercise (crossfit), the scale would easily creep up on me and I felt like I would be at goal for a "minute"--the next day the scale would bump up, seemingly for no reason.
Until .... drum roll... last October. I discovered the secret for me and this body! It started with my husband's colonoscopy and my decision to "sympathy fast" with him prior to his procedure! Without drinking all that icky stuff, though.
I felt better after fasting a day or so-- and I discovered Dr. Jason Fung's books and podcasts about "hormonal" model as opposed to "calories in, calories out" model. The hormone most responsible is "insulin", which tells our bodies to do one of two things: store fat OR burn fat. It tells our bodies to burn fat when we have burned through the readily available glucose and must seek out our stored energy reserves, namely, our stored fat. Check out Fung's website for details.
What happened to me when I changed my way of eating to 18-6 (fasting for 18 hrs, eating my two meals during 6 hrs, that is one at noon, one at 5:30), no snacks, no sweetner in my coffee: I dropped over 10 lbs, body fat decreased from 27.6% to 19.7%, muscle mass increased from 61.7% to 63.5%. AND the fat came off my trouble spots, hips and thighs. The scale rarely moves now. I cured my insulin resistance. The inflammation in my shoulder is basically gone. Autophagy ate away the icky cells. The increase in human growth hormone did its magic with muscle increase. I'm rarely sore after intense workouts, done at 6 am during my fast. Mental clarity has increased. I don't get sleepy after lunch like I used to. At age 66, I feel the best I ever have.
Learning WHEN to eat was the key for me. Stopping the stevia. I feel like I am taking better care of my body and my brain. My blood results are great. No downside, no expensive diet plans or food. Actually buying LESS food, so spend extra savings to buy BETTER food. I have extra time since I'm not making/eating that third meal or any snacks.
I wanted to share how I have slayed "the Creep" in the hopes that it could help someone else who has struggled with weight loss or maintenance.
Here's to good health for all!