globetrotter's Journal, 05 January 2011

I am so close to 75 lbs lost I can taste it, ha ha. I am a breath over 6 pounds away from that milestone goal. My skin is getting tissue papery, my breasts are empty tissue paper sacks, and my hanging gut is appalling. Nevertheless, I was able to pour myself into a pair of size 16 Lee jeans and an XL blouse from Old Navy.
The puzzler though, is that the last 8 pounds I've lost, I lost over 8 days and during those 8 days I ate eggs benedict, christmas cookies, bacon, rich cheeses, and more!
Yet, when I followed the letter of the law with diet and exercise, I could barely lose a pound a week. During those 8 days my carbs were probably really high (I also stopped tracking during vacation), my protein was probably really low, and my water intake was minimal.

So, here is my dilemma - I'm back from vacation and am no longer eating like that but - do I go back to the letter of the law, when we know that I barely lose on that regimen. What to do?

Diet Calendar Entry for 05 January 2011:
837 kcal Fat: 34.39g | Prot: 78.10g | Carb: 56.42g.   Breakfast: powdered scrambled eggs, ham steak. Lunch: garlic and herb chicken breast. Dinner: beef meatballs, garlic toast. Snacks/Other: syntha 6 , vitamin D whole milk, peanut brittle, chocolate chip cookie. more...


Hey Globetrotter, I am pretty impressed by your results but even more by the sustained efforts you are making! From all the reading I made on the subject + explanations from people training and dieting hardcore, the fact that you increased your fat and carbs intake during these 8 days could actually be the reason you lost weight. It is worth doing some research about it, but basically your diet has the effect to lower your insulin level which in return lowers your leptin levels - leptin makes you burn stored fat. When insulin and leptin levels are low, the body fights back and tries to the same job with less calories, resulting in having to lower the number of calories again to loose weight. Not really sustainable over time. But when at some point point of your diet you have a "cheat day" (here you had 8 in a row!), you increase the intake of carbs and fat. The result is an increase in insulin and leptin which gives your body the signal to act normal again. Hence the need for cyclical dieting, especially when you reach a plateau. So hopefully now that you are back on your "normal" diet, you should keep seeing your weight drop. But don't take my word for it, research it :-) 
05 Jan 11 by member: geeraldine
thanks geeraldine, I wish I had a doctor or nutritionist telling me exactly what to eat and how to eat it and why, every day! 
12 Jan 11 by member: globetrotter


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