Monday, August 25, 2014
I find that I don't understand metabolism at all. You would think that cutting calories to the minimum allowable (1200 if you are a woman; 1500 if you are a man) would cause great weight loss. The fact is, that if you cut them too low, you'll experience starvation mode and won't lose. If you keep them too high, you won't lose. So what to do?
My trainer says to cycle calories between a minimum (safe) number and a maximum number that still shaves calories. I've been unsuccessfully doing this for a while. I say unsuccessfully because, in the beginning, it worked. Now I find myself snacking too much and eating things not on my sparkpeople planner for the day. Worse, I have been having sugary things such as drinks and cookies (God forbid!).
So what happens after three or four days of cheating? I drop to a new weight loss low. I mean, the lowest weight I've been in years. All I can say is "Wow. I don't understand how cheating got me a bonus, but wow."
I don't see this mentioned in any of the Sparkpeople articles. But how does this happen? When can I know when it's okay to eat extra and when it's not?
One difference last night is that I worked out on my recumbent bike for 30 minutes before bed. It's not a hard workout and probably burns far less than 100 calories. But did that cause my body to burn fat overnight?