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The Science of Weight Loss Convo

Tuesday, January 12, 2016

I was excited to see I had dropped 6 pounds in a day since Sunday on the scale. However I didn't like how I did it. My son and I had the most horrible disgusting virus. We were both miserable. My husband had to take off from work to take care of us. And thank goodness for zofran. I spent all day in bed. At first, I thought I was going to have to go to the ER at 3AM because I was physically unable to drink water to keep up with the amount of water that I was losing in diarrhea. I belched this sulfur smell all night and when I threw up at 5AM, it smelled of sulphur. All things that point to my gallbladder having potential issues. I spoke with my GP's nurse yesterday who agreed that potentially some of my problems could be gallbladder related. I will have a Hida Scan on Friday to find out for sure. But for now my son and I are better. I am hoping my husband doesn't get this. I'm still getting over it and I wouldn't wish this on my worst enemy. LOL.

But that's my stomach issues update. Moving on to my subject.

My husband and I had a great conversation about weight loss. You know all these years, I've lost weight, I've never known how my body does it. I assumed it had to do with urination or poop and perhaps pushing out more fat when I go. It turns out it has nothing to do with that. Maybe you already knew that. Maybe not. However my husband told me after doing some reading about the issue is that people who have dealt with obesity have a larger number of fat cells than those who are thin. And unfortunately fat cells don't go away with weight loss, they only shrink in size which is why its so easy to gain weight back.

The way we lose weight is simply from our bodies using energy to shrink the fat cells. Your body requires so much energy everyday which is in the form of calories. If you consume less than your body needs, it should naturally begin to burn your fat storage. Adding exercise will only boost the amount of calories that your body needs for energy.

And so my poop or pee has nothing to do with it. LOL. Now this short synopsis I'm sure is still up for debate or discussion in the science field but it makes a lot of sense to me and it helps me understand what is going on within me better. Now if you deal with an issue such as hypothyroid, this would certainly explain why trying results in less weight loss than someone who's body is not hypothyroid. Of course I've seen a lot of inspirational weight loss stories involving hypothyroid and PCOS. If you are curious about those stories, let me know and I will share them with you.

But yeah, that is all I wanted to share for now. Have a great day!
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    SP has loads of good science-based articles.
    1596 days ago
    Finding out the mechanics of weight loss can definitely be discouraging, but don't give up. I'm so glad you and your son feel better.
    1597 days ago
    I hate those kinds of viruses. I have not had one for a while and hope it misses my loved ones.

    Eating too many calories is still the problem and all calories are not created equal. Eating too many simple carbs causes your blood sugar to spike and fall which leads you to want to eat more. Fat and protein, on the other hand, tend to satiate and cause you to feel full.

    Exercise is important because diet isn't enough to maintain health. There aree thin people who are sedentary and in very poor health and overweight people who are active and in good health. Exercise also allows you to eat more calories if you chose to or lose weight faster if you don't.
    1602 days ago
    Thanks for sharing - glad you are feeling better.
    1602 days ago
    Thanks for the info! Glad your feeling better!
    1602 days ago
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