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An interesting thing happens when one starts burning stored energy.
(An aside, stored sugar, in the form of glycogen, will always get used first.)
To express this in the most general way: there are products, and by-products of the process of using stored energy. One of the products is water. This happens in two ways. For one, I've heard it said that when 1 gram of sugar is stored, 4 grams of water are stored along with it. For another thing, some of the oxygen we breathe ends up as part of that water during the "burning" process.
Some people will shed this water right away, others hang on to it longer. This is dependent on lots of things, like body type, metabolism, and diet.
If a person is on a high-carb diet, for example, a lot of that water gets stored again, along with the sugar. If a person eats a lot of salt, water is retained to keep the salinity level at optimum. And so forth.
Water weighs more than fat. When a person burns fat, the weight reduction shows up on the scale only after the water is excreted.
And this is one reason why it often takes several days to show a difference on the scale.
A chemist could explain this more clearly than I can.
thanks so much for all your support, I know it will happen but I'm just so damn impatient! Your kind words and advice really do help.
I'll use the positive visualisation idea, waning moon is only a few days away. And thanks for reminding me I actually have to eat, my calorie count was waaaaaay too low for a few days there, and my body may have started thinking it was starving - I've upped my number of meals today but kept my calories within the limit, hope it kickstarts my metabolism again.
I'll keep at it, I'm nothing if not stubborn!
I have to agree with the other ladies here.
Fast weight loss is not always a good thing, in the long run it can also lead to other health problems.
A healthy lifestyle change is best. To lose any weight one must expel more calories than is consumed. It is a balance tho- like most things in life, you have to also eat to lose.
Be persistent in challenging yourself and consistent in your exercise.
It will pay off. You are worth it.
hang in there, you will start seeing change if you stick with your plan. The way I'm staying motivated is, whether or not I'm losing weight, I'm improving health, feeling better, looking better, etc. But the biggest thing is, if it's not a temporary change but a permanent one, then it doesn't much matter how long it takes. Cause even after you lose weight you will still be on the same plan. ya know? So just keep doing what you are doing and you will see progress over time.
A spell that worked for me in the past is: celery stick once a day, drizzle a small bit of honey down the length of it, and a small drizzle of Tabasco sauce. As you eat it, visualize yourself growing smaller and smaller (as the celery grows smaller). Obviously best done on the waning moon....
Take courage and stick to your plan, you are definitely worth it!
Edited by: CRANBYRRE at: 8/4/2009 (18:42)
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I haven't found a spell for weight loss yet. I have found that I cut out sodas (regular and diet) and replaced them with water and started walking as much as possible seemed to work best for me. I think baby weight can be some of the hardest weight to loss no matter what your age. Just hang in there and it will start disappearing. Oh one thing else I did was get rid of the scale, it can be so undermining. I only weigh myself once a month.
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Well, I'm feeling a little frustrated.
I have always been able to lose weight quickly in the past, but having completed my first week and seen no weight loss (not even a GRAM!) I'm now trying to accept that things have changed.
So I'm in my mid 30's now, and I've had a baby, but I really feel like my body has started to work against me! Aaaarrgghhh, this is going to be harder than I thought.
Any ideas about a spell / ritual that might help kickstart my weight loss?