Up .5lbs today. I’m not unhappy – AT ALL. I’ve lost 27.75″. Period. However, the jury is still pondering the effectiveness of “apple day”. Thanks to my intelligent co-workers – I have been enlightened to the fact that the required 1Gallon of water is NOT 2L of water – it’s 4L of water! LOL! Oops. So the water intake will now be increasing by 2L/day. We will see how that changes anything.
As promised…today my topic is fat! Yesterday I was asked how my muscle mass has changed – how weak am I? I actually don’t feel weak at all. I’m still able to tote around 13 month old, who refuses to walk. I’m able to run up/down stairs to do laundry – my legs don’t feel fatigued. On any other calorie restricted diet – by now, if I made it this far (which is highly unlikey), I would be dog ass tired, and weak. Why is this different you ask? Well…let me explain a few things first.
Say you consume 1500 calories a day, everyday for a year. Your pretty sedentary (don’t exercise). So your body thermostat (resting metabolic rate) is set to consume 1,500 calories every day. Your body needs 1,500 calories a day to do what you do everyday. Get it?
Enter the word “energy”. Your body needs energy to function. Your body will use three different energy sources to fuel it – the food (calories) you eat, your fat stores, or body muscle. So throughout the day, your body uses the 1,500 calories you eat to keep you going. Sometimes you have days where you are busy and skip a meal and only eat 1,000 calories. Your body will use 500 calories of stored fat to make up for the 500 calories you forgot to eat. Why? Because your “thermostat” is set to 1,500 calories. Your body will find a way to consume that much energy using the three methods I mentioned.
Enter “fat cells”. I understand there are four different kinds of fat. I’m going to talk about 2 of them. Healthy fat stores and unhealthy fat stores (the poison that is surrounding your organs and slowly causing diseases). Fat cells have memory and never go anywhere. When they are not being used (as energy), they just shrink-up, nestle in and get comfy in your body. If you consume more energy (calories) than your body needs every day, it gets stored as fat. This can accumulate quickly if your not careful.
You discover your packing on the pounds and decide you need to lose weight. If you have tried ANYTHING to lose weight, you know that in order to lose weight – at the end of the day calories in must be less than calories out. You can accomplish this formula by consuming less calories, or exercising more to burn more calories each day. So you do one of those two things. Let’s say you decide your going to track your calorie intake and only consume 1,000 calories a day. So Monday morning you wake up and start eating only 1,000 calories a day. Very quickly your body realizes WHOA…your starving me and you may never feed me again!! Your unhealthy fat cells physiologically hide, thinking your going to starve to death. Your body first uses the 1,000 calories you eat as energy. Then your body uses your healthy fat stores for more energy. Remember, you set your thermostat to 1,500 calories a day. You start losing weight, but your healthy fat stores also become depleted, eventually. This is the moment when your body has to use your muscle fibers as energy. Enter symptoms like exhaustion and weakness.
According to The National Institute of Health, it takes 3,500 calories to make 1lb of fat. On this program the first phase is loading – consume thousands of calories of high fat foods. Myself, I gained 5.5lbs. Do the math – 3,500 calories x 5.5lbs = 19,250 calories. I didn’t physically do anything different, so that is a lot of excess calories in 3 days. Which, obviously gets stored in my body for future energy. The interesting thing is, the “drops” I take while loading, through their vibrational signature blend blah blah…allow those fat cells to stay open (not shrink up and hide like before). So when day 4 came along and I dropped my calorie intake to 500 (**GASP – don’t forget I’m taking the best nutritional supplements out there**). Obviously, my body still needs energy to get through the day – definately more than the 500 calories I’m consuming with food. So clearly, my body has to use my fat stores. Thanks to the “drops” leaving them open, my unhealthy fat stores are now accessible to my body to use as energy. So every day for 30 days, once my body uses the 500 calories in food I eat, it then uses the fat I have stored as energy. If you calculate…19,250 calories by 30 days = 641 calories a day. So add together 500 calories in food and the 641 calories in stored fat energy, I’d say my body is using about 1,100 calories a day. So hypothetically, I supposedly have shocked my body through this process – and reprogrammed my hypothalamus to need about 1,100 calories each day to do what I need to do to get through my day. The true test will be once I hit my maintenance phase and slowly add back 200 calories a day. Once I hit a comfy calorie intake, I will start my normal exercise regime. And supposedly, I should be able to consume 1,800 calories (or whatever I calculate to be my required calories for my body weight) and maintain my goal weight. Make any sense?
Tomorrow I plan to talk about body image, self-esteem, and why I care so much to be slim. If you haven’t noticed – I’ve stumbled upon some interesting articles. I’ve added links under the “blog-roll” over there on the left.