The middle of June I quit all efforts to diet. In fact, with the stress of the remodel I have pretty much eaten my way through a regular supply of sweets. And I haven’t kept up entering my weights on Spark People. Till just now. And, what an absolute shock!
Before these past two months my weight ticker looks like a mountain range - way up / then down. Well, the last two months that has totally stopped. In the last couple of months I have lost about 5 pounds, but my weight ticker has almost ‘flat-lined’. Just one little mole-hill in there. And, what is even more surprising is that my body fat percentage actually went down. And it’s not because of exercise, cause I pretty much dropped out of exercise these last two months also. I think it is because I am no longer stressing my body with dieting. I think the dieting / then bingeing I had been doing put more of a strain on my body than just the (milder) bingeing I have been doing these last two months.
I know there was plenty of cortical floating around my body during the remodel - as proven by lab testing. So, dieting / bingeing must cause even higher cortical levels. Still, I am utterly shocked that my weight stabilized SO MUCH, and that my body fat percentage came down some.
Now just imaging if I just conscientiously reduced my calories - without going on a diet??? And if I gradually added exercise in; gradually enough that I wouldn’t be overly stressing my body; gradually enough that my body would adjust well to it. THIS WOULD BE CALLED A *LIFE-STYLE*!
What I did differently these past two months. I almost always ate all my high-calorie foods before 2 pm. AND, I ate quite low-calorie foods after that. (So, I would eat anything I wanted for breakfast and lunch, then basically rabbit food, or a banana or something else that was 'light'. Like a really pig-out breakfast, a big lunch, and then sparse after that.) AND, most days I ate only 3 times a day, or I would eat 2 meals and 2 snacks, leaving ample hours between meals to utilize my ample behind for energy. I would wait until I was quite hungry before I would eat.
I really like this way of eating, as I never feel deprived. I eat literally anything I want in the amounts I want (I do want to change the TYPES of foods I eat though, to more healthier), and eating small in the evenings allows me to sleep without reflux. Win-Win.