Start Weight:(29 Jul 11) 176.0 lb
Current Weight:(21 Jan 15) 137.0 lb
Goal Weight:137.1 lb
following: It's Not a Diet! It's a Lifestyle!
performance: Steady

Proudly in "maintenance" mode.

I'm a mom of 2 in my late 40's. My husband and I are watching what we eat for better health and weight loss. Never really overweight most of my life as I got older the weight just didn't seem to shed as easily. I made modifications to my diet going from a high carb diet (rich in cereals, breads, rice, pasta) to a better balanced diet of quality meats and lots of veggies.

I chose intermittent fasting to lose/maintain my weight. I follow the either the 16:8 (16 hr fast, 8 hr normal eating) or 5:2 way of eating (2 days, 500 calories fasting, 5 days normal eating). My "diet" or lifestyle as far as eating includes lots of nutrient-rich foods focused around fresh veggies, berries, nuts, quality proteins, good fats. I still eat some refined/packaged foods and sugar but on a limited basis.

My journey started when saw a vacation picture and realized it was nearly degrees and I was covered head-to-toe in clothing. I was so angry when I saw that picture and from that point was determined to make a change.

FatSecret member since: 30 Aug 10

mrspackrat's Weight History

mrspackrat's Latest Member Challenges

  Making It Through The Holidays Part 1 Halloween
status: Completed
ended: 31 Oct 11
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  10 lbs in 10 weeks
status: Completed
ended: 08 Nov 10
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mrspackrat's Buddies

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mrspackrat's Cookbook

cals: 301kcal | fat: 10.26g | carbs: 23.87g | prot: 26.33g
Turkey Enchilada Casserole
Sensational layered tortillas and ground turkey with enchilada sauce and reduced fat cheese.
cals: 378kcal | fat: 6.71g | carbs: 65.09g | prot: 16.97g
Mexican Style Quinoa and Black Beans
A yummy, healthy main dish with black beans and quinoa.
cals: 124kcal | fat: 1.11g | carbs: 11.90g | prot: 16.46g
Chicken Soup with Whole Grain Noodles
Perfect for cold and flu season, with plenty of natural flavor and vegetables.
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mrspackrat's Latest Posts

upper body melt down
If you tend to gain belly fat easily and have a difficult time getting rid of it, there’s a strong likelihood that you’re producing too much cortisol. Here's just a few things to consider:

- Get 7-9 hours of quality sleep
- Eat foods rich in or supplement magnesium, Vit C and Zinc, all help balance your body’s production of cortisol
- Eat more omega 3 fats/cut bad fats, omega 3 fats reduce corisol levels, improve insulin sensitivity and improve metabolism.

posted 26 Jan 2015, 15:32
Carb counting
You would just log what you eat and this site will give you net carbs (total carbs - fiber grams). I typically keep my grams between 50 and 150 daily and get most from vegetables but do eat foods like brown rice or quinoa. Many are surprised how quickly carb grams add up so check labels.

When going low/lower carb, there is the obvious of dropping processed foods which contain a lot of sugars and are high in calories with little nutritional value. Even watch breads which can be loaded with sugars and fillers. Skip artificial sweetners which also spike insulin. You should get most of your calories from lean proteins and good fats. Omega 3 fats plays a key role in improving insulin sensitivity and metabolism.
posted 26 Jan 2015, 15:10
Total calories is important and don't make fat your enemy, it's really processed foods (breads, cereals, sugars, muffins, etc). Those foods are higher in calories and are high on the glycemic index. You'd be better off consuming more vegetables and of your fat grams, get more from good fats.

I posted this before:
Omega-3 fats are so important because all the cells in the body are made up of a double layer of fats, and the fat that makes up those layers dictates how well your metabolism will work. If the cell layers contain omega-3 fats, they will be more permeable and sensitive to insulin. This allows the cell receptors to bind more easily, which improves energy use and fat burning.

If your cells are made up of unhealthy fat, they will not bind with insulin easily, which leads to fat gain and elevated cortisol—the stress hormone.

Also, you may want to consider eating within an 8 hour window. So many people eat from the minute they get up til the time they go to bed. By doing a mini "fast" of 16 hours, you increase a hormone called AMPK which helps burn body fat.
posted 23 Jan 2015, 08:55
Am I gaining weight or muscle ?:/ or it's just weight fluctuation
Read this about the myth that muscle weighs more than fat.
posted 22 Jan 2015, 09:52
That's how I lost most of my weight last year and kept it off. The thing fasting taught me was I was eating when I didn't need to/want to and how my serving portions were way out of whack. Counting calories is important, nobody loses weigth by overeating. But fasting does something extra for the body which aids in weighloss, the production of a certain enzyme called AMPK which:

- Increases fat burning process
- Increases mitochondria production, so we can generate more energy (ATP) by using fat as as fuel source
- Inhibits sugar production so we can use fat as energy instead
- Inhibits insulin which promotes more fat to be mobilized and burned off

posted 22 Jan 2015, 09:48
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30 May 2014

Just had the worst lunch ever. If everyone was forced to eat my cooking, the world would NOT have a weight problem :)

02 February 2014

Despite being laid up, holding steady :)
on diet It's Not a Diet! It's a Lifestyle!  steady weight

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