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My Body Rebels Against Me

Saturday, April 06, 2013

When I say calorie in minus calorie out doesn't work for me, I mean it. My body will adapt my metabolism to nearly any input I give it. In my past two years of maintenance, I've learned a lot about how my body responds.

If I decrease calories and increase exercise, I get sleepy. That's my body trying to preserve my calories so I use less fuel. How do I reverse this? I have to eat. Almost immediately after I eat, I feel more alert. Whenever I feel my energy dragging or needing a nap, I know that my body is trying to put me into low power mode. It's rather frustrating because there's all these calories in my fat just doing nothing, and my body would rather I took a nap.

I cannot eat 200g of carbohydrates, whether that is simple or complex carbs. That causes my body mechanisms to override my appetite control. I don't have a shutoff valve. Wheat grains causes my stomach to bloat. Starches are ok in moderation.

I wish I understood how to get my body to burn the stored fat better. If I exercise more, it wants to put me to sleep. If I eat fewer calories, I'll start maintaining on fewer calories. It's really hard to keep the calories high when I eat only clean freggies and protein. Grains are extremely calorie dense and it's easy to go over 2000 calories, but it's pretty darn hard when you don't eat grains.

I lost 2lbs this week, but my bodyfat and measurements are the same. It was probably just water loss and not any real gains. But I know I AM stronger as I am pushing a heavier weight than before. So, how can some muscle not have been built? I'm scratching my head.

I think my bodyfat is not really what I estimate it to be. I use bioimpedence, and yes, I know it is inaccurate. I just want a ballpark figure, but I think my ball is out of the stands. The reality is more likely my body shape isn't what I expected it to be because my bodyfat is higher than I think it is. 28% is the high side of normal, and if it's higher...well...then I'm still overweight.

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I'm a little farther from my goal than I thought when I woke up this morning.

So now what do I do? Work on strength, or fat loss? I don't believe I can do both. Even if I theoretically lost all the fat today, I'd still have a body shape that I don't want.

I have an idea...but...I'm going to do an n=1 experiment before I say more.
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    I like the picture comparision idea that someone had earlier!
    1803 days ago
    Then my bodyfat should be a lot lower. I definitely carry the weight in all the wrong places!
    1803 days ago
    Any body fat estimate is going to be inaccurate. Besides, for women the "healthy" ranges are nearly meaningless because a % cannot take into account WHERE the fat is stored. We have breasts, bigger butts, and padding to protect our reproductive organs, and that skews the numbers. So, my point is: focus on strength training. You may not be able to change what your body does to store fat, but you can certainly change what your body is capable of doing!
    1803 days ago
    Leigh Peele (leighpeele.com) had a blog where she posts pictures of men and women at different body-fat levels, and suggests that pictures may be a better way of estimating body fat % over time. Do you have comparison pics you could use to see your progress? I started taking pics a while back, and when I did my recent deficit to lose some body fat, I could really tell the difference. And it also showed on my bioimpedence scale (which for me I think overestimates my body fat %). I went from 27% to 23% while losing 10 lbs. And feel really good about how I look now.

    I know you can do this! You have such a great way of experimenting with your habits, so just stick with it, give it the time, and watch the results!
    1805 days ago
    I think it's really cool how well you know your body!
    1806 days ago
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    Have you ever read Covert Bailey's "Smart Exercise"? He describes the Krebs cycle in very simple terms, and talks about the best time to take in carbs while exercising to burn more fat.

    But, as we all know, everyone's body reacts differently. I hope you find what what works for you.
    1806 days ago
    Work on strength and worry less about the fat loss. The fat loss will happen when you gain the strength. If you gain muscle, you'll be changing your BF%, regardless of whether you lose fat (but you will).

    Maybe eat more bananas? I eat 1/2 a banana in a breakfast protein shake, or 1 banana in my shake after I work out. In the evening I have another one with more protein. I'm finding that I'm gaining muscle on about 1900-2100 calories/day. I'm sleeping well at night, and my muscles are easily recovering.

    I think you're off from what you'd expect because you can't have gained muscle yet. You might feel the pump, but not real muscle growth. And you're probably retaining some water in your muscles. Try to eat to maintain your body weight and just focus on strength training (not fat loss) for four-six weeks. Then you'll have a better idea of how things are going, and can make adjustments from there.

    I've done this for a month, and I'm not cutting calories yet, but I am trying to eat better food.

    Some ladies on the NRoL4W FB page were talking about how to eat enough calories, and some just use a lot of coconut oil, avocados, etc... I eat a higher fat diet to compensate for the lower carb, and it has done me well, I think. The grains are just too addictive, and not at all satisfying.
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