Do you keep going on diets and losing weight only to gain it all back and then some? That was my story. I knew they worked because I always lost weight. And then I would go off the diet and it only took a little while and it was all back. I loved being “in shape” but I just could not figure out how to maintain it. I had clothes from size 10 to 16. I’ve been on just about every diet. There is no “miracle in a bottle”. You cannot “trick” your body or your brain to make you successfully lose weight and keep it off.
When I started eating right and getting exercise because I wanted to be healthy – not just to lose weight, not just to look good – that’s when the weight melted away and I have not regained it.
I‘d weigh 150 pounds. I’d go on a diet, lose 10 pounds or more and next thing you know I’d be 165 pounds. At 170 pounds I really did not like myself. It was frustrating. I was yo-yo dieting to lose weight quickly and as easily as possible, and it was very unhealthy. I did it over and over again; it always worked but didn’t last. In the long run diets really don’t work. Sooner or later you go off them. I always gained weight back, and it kept getting harder to lose.
You can starve yourself on a crash diet and lose weight temporarily. You can empty your fat cells but you won’t shrink them. As soon as you stop starving, your fat cells will re-expand. You can try very hard to lose weight but you cannot do it successfully or healthfully unless you eat right, no matter what all the weight reduction programs promise you. Your brain will call the shots.
The brain controls your appetite, your blood sugar, your metabolism, your hormones, and your blood pressure. Doctors can give insulin to lower blood sugar but they don’t cure diabetes. The brain keeps taking over again. You can’t fool the brain. It is in charge. The hypothalamus is controlling how much your fat cells can expand and shrink. I can eat 1800 or 2000 calories and I don’t gain weight. You eat 800 calories and you gain it. It’s not fair. Why the difference?
You have a lot of fat in your blood – it coats your red blood cells, interfering with them being able to carry oxygen to the brain, and it makes the circulation sluggish, so the brain is not getting enough oxygen. That’s why you feel sleepy after a high fat meal. The brain automatically switches to slow metabolism. My brain gets enough oxygen, with no fat in the blood so it can metabolize fast.
You have to convince your brain to turn up the setting. The only way you are going to do that is to convince the brain you are serious about protecting your body by eating right, exercising. If you are eating an unbalanced unhealthy diet, the brain knows. That’s why as you try harder to lose inches you gain more inches.
The brain takes a while to convince – maybe 2 or 3 months. What if it said OK too soon? Well if you go on a healthy diet and decide to go back to your old eating habits it will be dangerous. If you start to eat fat and sugar again you have no room to store it – the fat cells are full, and all that extra fat and sugar will back up into the blood. You could have a stroke or heart attack or get diabetes more easily.
That’s why gaining weight can be a good thing – it can save your life by getting fat out of your circulation and into your fat cells.
The brain is trying to avoid that kind of crisis. When it is sure you’re going to stick with it – it can tell by the way from endorphins you release as you enjoy taking care of yourself and have a cheerful attitude, – –then it gives the OK to lose weight, keep it off, and shrink your fat cells safely.
What happens when you starve yourself especially with a high protein diet? The body produces ammonia from the protein, and ketone bodies from the fat. It is unhealthy and can harm a fetus and you don’t want that in you either. They make you feel terrible. You lose water to get rid of the ammonia and ketone bodies. So far you have not lost any fat but you lost 2 pounds which is encouraging. It’s water. 2 days later you feel worse so you can’t exercise. You lose muscle.
At the end of one month -you worked hard – you lost 30 pounds. 12 pounds of fat – that’s good, and 18 pounds of muscle – that’s bad because muscle is what burns calories. So from now on you will burn calories slower. And when you eat the same amount of food you did before, your brain tells your metabolism to slow down. You emptied your fat cells, but now they will have to become bigger because of the slower metabolism. You don’t have muscle to burn calories and the brain knows it. So you eat 1000 calories and 6 months later your have regained 30 pounds plus 10 more.
What if you ate right and exercised? You would lose 15 pounds in total in 2 months, because you lost 30 pounds of fat and gained 15 pounds of muscle that will make it easier to keep the fat off, help your heart, protect you against cancer and improve your circulation.
A good diet along with other good health habits can help you live a better healthier life.
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