## Saturday, June 5, 2010

### less food=weight gain?

I am not understanding why if losing weight is a simple math formula. "In order to have a loss you need to create a calorie deficit. Meaning less food in and more activity causes weight loss." Then WHY when I don't eat and I exercise my butt off, I am not losing? (I mean don't get me wrong I have lost 50 pounds.) But with that math formula I should be losing way faster and more. Just saying. Doesn't make sense to me but oh well. Just another mystery.

1. The body is a strange machine! You've got to eat enough calories in a day to get your metabolism going. If you don't have enough calories, your body will go into starvation mode and try to hold on to as much fat as possible. Something as simple as eating 200 more calories a day might be your ticket to dropping the pounds more quickly. I wish you the best!!!

2. I am with you on the math confusion. According to online formulas, I should be able to eat way more calories and still lose. But nope. Sigh.

3. Oh...if it was only that easy :(

4. It's never as easy as the math...or else no one would be heavy!
Plug your fingers into your ears and refuse to listen to the "reasons" of people who mean well, but don't really know what's going on, either.
Just do what you know works for you!
And you can't go wrong.
I fast all the time...not always for weight loss, but to give my guts a break!

6. Lesia... are you tracking the foods you are eating? Writing down everything?

7. Friend, I'm with you on this one. Hang in there - you have come so far!!!! Hugs!!

8. hang in there I saw your nifty bike.. I like

9. Here is my take on it. I don't think the equation is just about creating a deficit. Yes, you need to have more calories burned than eaten, but that doesn't mean that you should not take in calories at all. If your not taking in calories at all then you are missing part of the equation! Your body needs those calories to function on! If you don't eat, whether it's because you forget, or you don't want to, or you just want to lose more weight, in the end you could be doing more harm then good. And I know you know (because I heard you say so at WW) that when you don't eat, your body thinks it's starving - which if you haven't been eating, then it's starving! So whatever you do eat, instead of using what it needs and letting the rest go, it hangs on to everything, just in case it might not get it tomorrow.

For me, if I want this to become a lifestyle change and something that I will live with forever, I know I have to get to a place where its not so much about the scale number anymore (I'm not there yet, but I see it in the distance). It becomes more about being healthy, treating my body with respect, and having a healthy realtionship with food. In that I understand what food is for - to give me energy, to keep my brain functioning, to keep my organs running, etc. It is not for me to give my control to (whether that means the fattening stuff getting me to binge, or me being afraid to eat anything because I might gain weight), to stuff my emotions with, to celebrate with, etc. My friend, I think this might be where your getting stuck. Food is not the enemy, food is good, food is from God. There are lots of wonderful things that we are meant to enjoy. You are doing such a great job and have come so far. Maybe the next step to get over this next hump is to understand your relationship with food, and decide if it needs to be tweaked at all.

Ana from Vegan Ana and I were talking about what an amazing person you! You are so strong and have come so far - keep up the awesome work. You're an inspiration.