Considering Other Options

Tuesday, February 05, 2013

Finally, a day off! For some reason this past work week has been especially long and draining on me. I'm glad for some relaxation time! I was planning on going to a local art museum to check out a Frank Lloyd Wright exhibit that's about to end, but the person I was going to go with flaked out on me at the last second. Then when I offered to take another friend to lunch for his birthday, I was met with silence. Well, fine then! Honestly they're probably just off doing something together, which is the story of my life, haha. Might as well stay home and get some productive things done.

At the moment I'm currently considering what other options I have to revive my weight loss. I weighed the same this morning as I did Friday, and I doubt I'm going to be able to squeak out a loss for the week - again. I'm wondering if I might consult a dietitian or nutritionist to see if I'm doing anything wrong with my diet. What I've really been considering, though, is to start using a weight loss supplement of some sort.

So far my research has told me that I'm already covering the basics in the weight loss supplement department - I already take a multivitamin that includes calcium on top of green tea extract in my drinks (tea, duh) and eating fiber rich foods like spinach, broccoli, and whole grain oatmeal. The only other FDA-approved, non-whacky things I'm not currently using are meal replacements and Orlistat (aka Alli), so I'm considering what those could do for me.

I'm not really interested in the meal replacement thing like Nutrisystem or Medifast or whatever - that seems pretty expensive and, well, not real food! I wouldn't be opposed to doing like a Slimfast or protein shake as a meal every once and awhile (maybe once a day or for two days out of the week?), simply because it would be quick and easy way to make sure I'm keeping my calories low and getting some good vitamins, but any more than that would detract from my whole natural foods goal. Plus the drawback to most meal supplements is that they aren't designed to help you through the maintenance phase when you've reached your goals: If you don't permanently accept the food and eating habits you use to lose weight, there's a significantly higher chance you'll revert to old ways and gain the weight back. A couple of shakes/meal bars every now and then is something I think I could do.

As far as Alli is concerned - I don't know. It's extensively researched and FDA approved as a supplement, which is good, but I'm hesitant. Maybe it's because of all the stigmas I associate with any "magical" weight loss product, or the fact that I have reservations about dropping that kind of money on something I'm not 100% on. I've never known anyone who used Alli and really don't know anything about it other than what the internet tells me. If the pill is all about blocking fat absorption in your body (25% they say), then how is that any different from only consuming a certain amount of fat everyday? It just seems to me like it's a quick fix for people who don't want to count their fat grams everyday, but that could just be my ignorance.

Of course eating right and exercising are going to be key if I want to get back on track. I just hope I'm not unwittingly sabotaging myself because I'm not eating the right foods or my calorie goals just aren't working for me. I'm sticking with 1200-1500 for the past several days, and so far all it seems is that I'm maintaining rather than losing. Perhaps I need to be more strict? Hmm.

If I have a fault, it's pondering too many things at once and getting lost in all my questions. Even so I bought a case of Target brand Slimfast shakes, maybe try having one for breakfast or for a snack here and there and see if the nutrients and whatnot help. We'll see! Nothing to do but trial and error. Slow but sure. Etc etc.

Well turns out my friend was so excited about going to birthday lunch he got dressed without texting me! So I'll be off!
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    Medifast and Nutrisystem are vastly different in that Nutrisystem is just a reduced calorie type thing, and Medifast puts you in Atkins-style ketosis. There's a whole ton of controversy there I'm not even going to touch :P

    I haven't tried Alli, mostly just because it's expensive. What they tell you on the site is true. It blocks your body from absorbing fat in your food by binding with it. If you are already dieting and exercising, then it essentially stops you from absorbing an ammount of the calories you've eaten, causing you to poop them out instead of hang onto them. So basically, it lowers your calories after you've eaten them.

    There's a serious downside, though:

    If you eat a LOT of fat, and it binds with all that fat, you will suffer the consequences. Remember the unholy wrath of olestra? Same thing. If you're eating too much fat and take it, the fat slips out the back end. Thats' why one of the side effects is "anal leakage," same as you might get from eating way too much fish at once, or from that olestra stuff. That alone is enough to put people off of it. lol. I think if you aren't eating a ton of deep fried stuff to begin with, it'd probably be ok, though.

    The only other thing that concerns me with Alli is that it seems like it would be impossible to tell if you were blocking an unhealthy ammount of fat, and no longer getting what you need for brain function, etc.

    My husband, the pharmacist, trusts the FDA testing on it, though, and says it's the only weight loss supplement he'd suggest to anyone. That herbal stuff is crap. Things like hydroxycut rely on high levels of caffeine and herbal stimulants, now that they can't have ephedra. It's all very sketchy and unhealthy.

    My only real suggestion for you would be to look at your documentation with a critical eye and see how your numbers compare. How many calories do you burn when resting at your current BMI? How many are you burning through exercise? How much do you need to eat to stay at your current weight, and how much would you need to eat to lose with a -500 cal deficit? You know.. the basics. That's the first place to start with a plateau. If you know for a fact all your numbers match up and you don't need to adjust anything, then you can move on to other stuff like changing up your exercise. (I know you just started it back up again not that long ago), or varying it with strength, etc.

    When I hit a legitimate plateau, some calorie cycling helped me out a lot. I try to keep it around 1400, but I'd spike as high as 1800 for one day a week, and it seemed to help a lot when I could keep it under control.

    I know it's all the basic plateau rigamarole, but hang in there. These things happen, and as much as they suck, everything has it's end.
    1868 days ago
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