Tuesday, June 25, 2013
Eating a lot of the wrong foods, and not exercising enough was a recipe for weight gain. No news flash there! Now that I eat how my body likes and get enough exercise, I seem to eat constantly without gaining weight. I can't eat just anything, though. If I ate pizza, hot dogs and beer, I would be in trouble. Fortunately, I like --and my body likes-- protein, veggies, and a nightly glass of wine.
I always thought maintenance would be hard, but I actually think it is the easiest. Our bodies are constantly adapting for us to come into stasis anyway. We all eventually plateau when dieting because our bodies adapt to our food and exercise stimulus. Happens all the time, every day. Our bodies want to be the most efficient with our energy consumption and expenditure.
Weight gain is easy. All I have to do is eat the way that made me fat to begin with: little exercise, processed foods, sugary alcoholic drinks, and junk food.
Weight loss is the hardest. Stop the presses! Shocking, I know.
I haven't put much focus on weight loss for the past few months. I've been busy with classes. Hubs and I don't have any vacation plans, so there's no bikini urgency. I've mostly just maintained with food and walking. Sadly, my weight training routine has fallen on the wayside. I need to get back on it.
I know that my body is heavily programmed to maintain my weight. It won't start storing fat unless I overload it with poor nutritional quality food and/or excessive carbohydrates.
I am going to restart my weight training routine this week. However, that in itself is not going to reduce body fat. There are plenty of heavy weight lifters with high body fat.
Burning fat means my body has to have a reason to draw out extra fat energy. The best way for me is to withhold carbohydrates. If my body doesn't have all the glucose it wants, it has to use more fat. Without dietary glucose as a primary fuel, it switches over to fat.
I'm not eating many carbs at the moment, anyway. I have good success when I eat more avocados and cook with coconut oil, so I'll add more of those in. Hubs and I are going to start riding our bikes after he gets home from work.
I don't feel an urgent need to lose weight, so we'll see how I do without it being a necessary goal. I'm not going to track anything with numbers, and see how things progress naturally.