Saturday, October 30, 2010
I read an article several months ago that I ran across again today that is relevant to some issues I have been having. For the past 2 months I have been on a plateau that I cannot seem to break through. I have been having a lot of painful issues with my shoulders that wakes me up several times during the night.
I am watching my calorie intake and have a good exercise program. According to the BMR calculator I should be dropping 2-3 lbs/week, based on my calorie burn vs calorie intake. I should be at least 10-14 lbs lighter now, but I am only 5 lbs lighter.
I picked out two of the main culprits that may be contributing to my lack of weight loss for the last 8 weeks..
The article from SparkPeople, Sleepless Nights Stop Progress -- By Laura Bofinger, Staff Writer
" How Sleep Loss Affects Weight Loss
2. Sleep loss results in less deep sleep, the kind that restores our energy levels. Losing deep sleep hours decreases growth hormone levels. Growth hormone is a protein that helps regulate the body’s proportions of fat and muscle in adults. With less growth hormone, we reduce the ability to lose fat and grow muscle.
3. With a loss of sleep, your body may not be able to metabolize carbohydrates as well, which leads to an increased storage of fats and higher levels of blood sugar. Excess blood sugar can lead to insulin resistance. Insulin resistance means that the body has trouble disposing of glucose in the liver and other tissues. It is a trigger for serious health problems such as obesity, cardiovascular disease, and type II diabetes. "
I am a Type II diabetic, diagnosed 7 years ago, controlled by medication. The 60 lbs I have lost to date has allowed me to drop one of the medications and hopefully, soon, the remainder medication. I have had my diabetes under control for several years but may still play a key part of the equation for lack of weight loss. I feel if it had not been for diabetes I would have been at goal weight now. I think diabetes has caused me to work extra hard to get to where I am today.
I am a very analytical individual, by training and career, and may be micro managing my program with to much emphasis on weight-loss calculators, charts, indicators....BMR 101, BMI, MHR....etc. But I have to stay with what has worked so far and look for more tools to add to my toolbox.
So with that being said I think it is time to make a Dr's appointment and see what is going on with my shoulders. I have a feeling he will say my past dirt-bike days of racing and football days are catching up to me in my senior years. Since I am running in the C25K training program, and upper-body strength exercises, which seems to exacerbate my shoulder problem, he may tell me to back off for a while.
I need more restful uninterrupted sleep.