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Toughing It Out

Report:

S – 975 kcal consumed, 0 miles walked, 0 kcal exercised:  0 pts

S – 960 kcal consumed, 0 miles walked, 0 kcal exercised: 0 pts

M – 1800 kcal consumed, 2 miles walked, 0 kcal exercised: -60 pts

T – 1200 kcal consumed, 2 miles walked, 0 kcal exercised: 0 pts

W – 990 kcal consumed, 2 miles walked, 0 kcal exercised: 20 pts

T – 990 kcal consumed, 2 miles walked, 0 kcal exercised: 20 pts

Last week’s weight: 102.8 kg

This week’s weight: 102.8 kg

Weight difference: 0 kg (+0 pts)

Total ponts: -20

Toughing It Out

Not the greatest week I’ve had, weight-loss wise, but certainly not the worst either! It’s been a tough week, with some fairly stressful activity going on; more on that later, possibly. And, as is my wont, I’ve succumbed to comfort eating to get me through it.

What’s interesting is that, somehow, it doesn’t seem ‘real’ until I do this writeup. Even though I KNOW when I’m eating more than I should, because I tend to avoid the scales until the end of the week it doesn’t FEEL like I’m eating too much. But, once the figures are there in front of me, and I look at the chart, I can actually quantify the lack of progress.

As I’ve mentioned before, the key is not to get frustrated. What I need to do is address the root cause of my problem – namely, the stress. Remove the stress, and you remove the ‘excuse’ to begin comfort-eating. What do you do, however, when the source of said stress is just something you have to put up with for a period of time?

I’ll be honest, I don’t rightly know! But what I’ll be doing over the next week is figuring out what I can do to mitigate the desire to eat. In this instance, I don’t think sublimation is going to work, as the desire to eat is in itself a sublimation of the anxiety I’m experiencing. Any suggestions on actions to take would be greatly welcomed!

M.

3 Responses to “Toughing It Out”

  • Dan says:

    Hi Chris,

    Well done the last few months on taking the effort to understand the In’s and Out’s of health. I have been in your situation and it is tough to change the mindset that you have lived with all your life. I don’t like to refer to what you are doing as dieting as I don’t like the negative connotations that come with the word but when you think about it everyone has a “diet”. What you are trying to do is find the right foods to eat that will lead to a healthier lifestyle and will in turn help you reduce the weight you’ve gained from years of leading an unhealthy lifestyle, Right??

    In my opinion, I think the path you have chosen, limiting your intake of food, is destined to fail. Your approach is not sustainable as you are not providing you body with enough food and nutrients it requires to get through the day.

    My recommendation for you would be to focus on eating Low Glycaemic Load foods (GL Diet). The book I gave you is a complete guide as to what you can eat and what foods are best avoided.

    The aim of someone on a low GL diet is not to reduce food intake but focus on eating Complexed Carbs, Protein and the right Fats and to get rid of process sugar from your diet. Excess sugar (NOT FAT) is actually the main cause for health issues Americans are having today (obesity, diabetes, etc).

    Explanation:
    – Hormones regulate fat accumulation.
    – Easily digested Carbs (ie: sugars) = More insulin in our bloodstream. Complex carbs (ie: vegetables) take longer to break down therefore they don’t cause a spike or rush of insulin.
    – More insulin in our bloodstream = More retained fat in our fat cells
    – Therefore, it is the easily digested Carbs (Sugar) in our diets that make us fat.

    It’s not just sugar that spikes our insulin. Scientist in America carried out tests on the differences between eating Bread and eat Pasta, using the the exact same flour to make both. They found that when participants of the tests ate the bread their insulin spiked but when they ate the pasta their sugar level gradually increased over the space of a few hours, i.e. The bread was easily broken down by the body but the pasta took longer for the body to process. The conclusion is that the process of baking the bread (high heat) does the job of breaking down the flour into a simple form of carbohydrate.

    The hardest thing I find when following a low GL Diet is that the body craves sugar and I overcome this by adding sweetener to tea or I buy a chocolate bar, take one square and then give the rest to someone else. This way I have satisfied my bodies craving for something sweet but haven’t done any harm. It’s difficult when you have a stressful job or unforeseen events so planning ahead with regards meals for the week is essential.

    Trevor Cabral has been has some great ideas and has made amazing gains with intermittent fasting (8hr eating windows a day) but that should only be looked at once you’ve cut out the sugar from your diet.
    Sorry for the length of the comment, I’m just very passionate about optimum health and nutrition as I’ve spent many years not understanding why I was overweight.

    Best of Luck,
    Dan

    • Dan says:

      Hi Chris,

      Sorry I wanted to elaborate on the point I made about the bread and pasta tests I mentioned. The point I was trying to make was that both foods will have very similar nutritional content on their packages as they were both made with the very similar ingredients, however both foods have completely different reactions in the body. Therefore the best way to measure what you eat is to monitor the GL of the foods rather than their nutrition or calorie Values. Gary Tubes wrote a book called “Why we get fat” where he says think biology not physics when dealing with food intake.

      You seem to making gains but from your last message you seemed frustrated. All this my opinion and what works for me might not work for you but i hope some of it helps you on your journey towards optimum health.

  • Dan says:

    SORRY, I LEFT SOMETHING OUT OF THAT EXPLANATION
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    – Hormones regulate fat accumulation.
    – Easily digested Carbs (ie: sugars) = More insulin in our bloodstream. Complex carbs (ie: vegetables) take longer to break down therefore they don’t cause a spike or rush of insulin.
    – More insulin in our bloodstream = More retained fat in our fat cells (AS INSULIN TRIGGERS THE HORMONES THAT REGULATE FAT ACCUMULATION)
    – Therefore, it is the easily digested Carbs (Sugar) in our diets that make us fat.