Regrouping. WITH SCIENCE.
Tuesday, May 02, 2017
OK, my last post was kind of a downer. I get it. But I am better. I've decided to ditch my RD in favor of someone who will work with me. I did some research and found the GW Weight Management and Human Performance Lab just 10 minutes away from my house. They have a program called the Starting Line that includes:
"... a DXA scan for body composition, an RMR for metabolism and a meeting with us
to design your nutrition plan. We use the metabolism to create a calorie goal and the body composition helps us figure out the specific nutrient needs within that calorie goal. Our goal is slow and steady fat loss while trying to maintain or grow muscle mass."
THIS is what I wanted from the first RD. Science to back me up. I suspect my RMR is ridiculously low and even though I exercise like a maniac, I'm not burning as many calories as a normal person would expect.
I also suspect in the end they're going to tell me I should eat like 19 calories per day and I'm going to be a cranky mofo because I really like food. But at least I'll have numbers to back me up.
I can't help but think of this old XKCD cartoon.
I'm in this awkward part of the spectrum. I'm not morbidly obese, I don't need nutrition 101, I don't need bariatric surgery or crazy restrictive diet plans. But there's obviously something going on that is preventing me from losing weight. I need someone who will really listen to me and work with me to figure out what I can/should be doing differently. I like that this place focuses not just on weight loss but also on helping endurance / high level athletes reach peak performance - maybe it means they're not just focused on pushing surgery or magic diet pills. My first trip to a "nutritionist" culminated in some lady trying to teach me the difference between a carb and a protein. (Hell I'm pretty sure I know as much about nutrition as most RDs at this point.) This last one was much, much, much better, but she didn't want to do the metabolic testing and her advice was basically, "you need to either eat less or move more." (Thanks, hadn't thought of that.) Here's hoping the third time's the charm and these are the people to work with me on *my* specific needs.
My appointment isn't for another couple of weeks, so in the meantime I'm going to keep plugging along with what I've been doing and see if I can beat the everloving crap out of this plateau.
I went to boot camp this morning. This afternoon I'm going to take the dog for a hike. A little twofer Tuesday will be good for my mental health after being so frustrated.