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You mean under eating won't make me more weight?!

Thursday, March 10, 2011

This logic gets me every time. I know in my head that the goal set for me is a good one. But for some reason I have a tendency when I exercise and burn off calories to eat under what I should.

See my logic? I burn lots o' calories, then I don't eat them should = maximum weight loss.
*buzz!!* Wrong!

Wait, what?!

But but...

How do I wrap my head around that?

Yet, the proof is right in front of my face and undeniable. I pick up my gym routine, and I don't eat any of the extra calories. I eat like a bird, likely hitting around 1000-1200. I burn at least 300+ calories per session. When weight in comes around, I don't lose or I lose very small.

Of course inside, I am throwing a tantrum like a two year old. Because after all, I've behaved in the face of temptation. I under ate! I pushed myself to my limit, and for what? That's right. For not much. ... But the media as always told me that if I ate hardly anything and exercise like a fend that the pounds would melt away. ... Wait, they lied?!

Yep. First, it's not a healthy behavior so it makes sense for no healthy rewards. We know this. Second, what do you suppose is happening? Those remaining calories are hanging onto my love handles for their ever loving life, screaming at the top of their lungs... "we're given' her all she's got captain!"

My body doesn't recognize that we will get more. It only sees that it has to go into stealth ninja survival mode and it is loath to get rid of those extra pounds. Now, when I behave myself and stay in recommended calorie range and not go under? Whadda know! More loss!

But the logic is hard to get my head around. That it is okay to eat. It feels.... like I am cheating. But I am not cheating. It would be cheating if it were a diet, but this is a life style. Life long. This is how it is going to be, day in and day out.

Feeling hungry here is not reward and if you push through it, there is no badge waiting for you. So, we need to eat when we are hungry, but make smart choices about what we are eating. Stick to our calories/points, and choose wise foods. Fiber. Filling foods. Good fats. Avocado's, nuts. That kind of thing. And once in awhile, yeah, the donut can come along too or in my case, something with bacon.

Knowing this is one thing. Putting this into practice is much harder.

.As a result, after my one mile swim (YAY!!), I had a full fat bacon burger. It was delicious. I've got it tracked down, and you know what? It felt good. I am through punishing myself for those few extra pounds to my milestone. I started this journey from love, and it has to stay with love.

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    You know, I didn't start losing weight until I started eating around 1000 calories a day. That's because I am short. So, I just keep eating that until I stop losing and then I go back up again around 1400 calories, so my body doesn't go into starvation mode (trying to conserve any calorie in the body) and keep it there for a few days (usually weekends) and then go back down to 1000 calories and I start losing again steadily.

    The thing is not to undereat for more than 4-5 days and go back to maintenance calories for a day or 2. That's how you trick your body not to go into starvation mode.

    I love your writing style. You are a very-talented writer!!!
    3711 days ago
    Yes, under-eating is painful in many ways. And you don't want your body to get used to so few calories or you will not be able to keep your weight stable once you reach your goal. Seems like our systems "like" a certain weight so once you are down, you can have an occasional splurge without devastating consequences. Good luck!
    3711 days ago
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