Face it, we all love electronics. They’re usually a ton of fun to play with (at least for me), and they almost always make life easier. But like most things in life, there comes a point when they just stop doing what they’re supposed to do. So, how do we fix them? We hit the reset button! Now, what if I told you that you can do this same thing to your body when it plateaus, or stalls during your weight loss journey? Sounds pretty hokey right? Well, it may not be as simple as pushing a big red button, but I just found out that there is a way to reset our body when it stops losing, and that is what I am about to embark on myself! For the past couple of weeks, my body has been stubborn. I have been sitting at 148lbs no matter how hard I try to keep losing! I’ve cut more calories, I’ve changed my routine a few times, and I’ve even tried increasing my fiber intake – but, nothing! So, after consulting my online trainer Kim (www.iron-kim.com), she immediately knew what to do – it’s time to reset my body! At first I was puzzled, I believed that the answer to continuous weight loss was through constantly cutting calories, but that isn’t always the case. You see, when you’ve been dieting (eating in a caloric deficit) for as long as I have (8-9 months), and you’ve slowly been cutting back on calories, your body begins to retaliate. It’s almost like it’s screaming out to you, “Hey! You keep taking away my food, so I am going to stop shedding your fat! Take that!”. Now, although it does this as a way to protect itself, it can be rather discouraging for the average person looking to lose more fat. So, the way to get around this is to trick your body. For 4 weeks, or so, I am going to give my sneaky little body all of the calories and macros it needs to satisfy itself and maintain it’s size – this is called my maintenance caloric intake. Then, just when it starts to get comfortable, I’m slowly going to begin scaling back the calories again – much like I did when I first started my journey. Why does this work? Well, the body stops freaking out, for one, and instead it becomes comfortable with the idea of shedding again. And because it feels like it’s not at risk for starving anymore, cutting a couple calories here and there (afterwards) no longer shocks it– giving me the ‘upper hand’ again and allowing me to continue losing fat. Like it is for most women, this type of change to my diet can be very nerve-racking. Over the past 8-9 months, my brain has been programmed to keep cutting back, but it’s important for me to remember that this is part of the process. Yes, I will gain a little weight along the way, but if I do it the right way and avoid treating it like a big cheat month (making healthy choices instead), I will only gain water. This means that as soon as I begin cutting again, it will fall right off! Yay!So, here I go! I begin my maintenance calories today! Check back in the diet section, where I will soon be posting all of the details. If you’d like some more information on pushing past a plateau, read this article – I think it explains it well. Enjoy!
For the past 2-3 weeks, my stats haven't moved and I'm getting frustrated. I'm sitting at 168lbs and 34% body fat. So, after speaking to the good people of bodybuilding.com, I am now beginning to contemplate a refeed.
What is a refeed you ask? Well...I'm not 100% sure exactly. That is why I am going to do a bit of research before I dive in feet first.
My understanding of a refeed it that you basically "shock" your system by consuming a WACK load of carbs (clean carbs) to restore your, probably deplated, glycogen and leptin levels.
So what is glycogen? Dictionary.com describes it as a "polysaccharide consisting of glucose units: the form in which carbohydrate is stored in the liver and muscles in man and animals. It can easily be hydrolysed to glucose Also called animal starch"
And what is leptin? Dictionary.com describes it as a hormone that is thought to suppress appetite and speed up metabolism.
So basically, what I'm guessing is that by restoring these levels (by increasing my carb consumtion for a breif period of time - 12-48hrs) it will "refeed" my body with the energy and hormones it needs to burn fat again.
If I'm wrong, someone please correct me! lol
Anywho, I'm going to do more research and then probably take a crack at it this weekend. I do know that there can be some negative side effects (like water weight gain), but they are temporary...and in my mind, worth the risk.
Stay tuned! I'll let you know how it goes.
So, like I said in my posting a couple of days ago - progress seemed to have been slowing down for me. But, since I changed my diet and workout routine I feel like that is beginning to change.
I'm not sure if there is any connection, but I feel like when I really nail my meal plan and workout routine on the head, my body gets particularily hot.
For instance, when I eat a really good, clean meal (like sweet potato, chicken and salad) I instantly start to sweat! It's like my metabolism goes VEERRRROOOOMMMMM!!! Maybe it's just me, but I don't notice this kind of heat when I eat something crappy for my body.
Anybody else notice this?
Anywho, today has been a good day. I have had a bit more caffeine then I probably should - but otherwise it's been a great day.
So, granted, I've come a long way since I began my journey on January 15th 2010. But, I can't help but feel like I've somewhat stalled!
Lately, when I step on the scale the weight has barely shifted. Luckily, it's still going down...but only like .2, .3, .4 lbs at a time! Maybe I am stepping on the scale to much.
Anyways, it's a little frustrating, but I know I just have to keep on pushing and changing things up, which is why I have revamped my workout routine, re-incorporated more cardio and switched up my meal plan.
I'm ready to start burning even more and I'm even more ready to prance around in my cute bikini!!