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joel



Joined: 04 Mar 2008
Posts: 79

PostPosted: Mon Mar 23, 2009 9:11 pm Post subject: Weight loss Reply with quote

Don't fret too much. A 5lb swing in either direction is normal on any given day simply based on water weight alone.

There are 2 ways to do this. One is through strict dieting. Unfortunately, drastic dieting produces drastic changes in the hormones that control long term eating behavior so this is not optimal.

The second way is to establish a pattern of eating you can live with and let exercise get the weight off. This is preferable.

The thing you have to remember is that you need minimum of an hour day, ideally, an hour and 1/2 per day to really be effective. I wish there were some way to sugar coat this but there isn't.

Remember - hormones are everything! Fat cells act as storage compartments for the hormones cortisol, leptin and adiponektin. When you have too much bodyfat, what happens is your fat cells actively secrete excess amounts of these hormones into your bloodstream, the net effect being large amounts of excess bodyfat hormonally create a hormonal environment that wires the body to gain weight and make fat loss harder.

The way to combat a hormonal disadvantage is to give yourself as many hormonal advantages as possible. Exercise is a huge hormonal advantage. The benefits are far too many to list, but that hour to hour and 1/2 per day, gives you a hormonal advantage, where cutting calories only puts you at a hormonal disadvantage. The other way you give yourself a hormonal advantage is by eating more fats like extra virgin olive oil, EPA oil, avocado, artichoke and eating or cutting out entirely processed starchy/bready/liquid carbohydrates. Another way to give yourself hormonal advantage is through meal patterning. I can't get into that here but VEEP will automate all that for you.

Let me finish by saying that what you want is to make a 1 TIME INVESTMENT. You don't want to keep doing this. So it's going to ask more of you initially, but giving more up front negates the hormone rebound 1 year later.
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dzalar



Joined: 18 Mar 2009
Posts: 12

PostPosted: Tue Mar 24, 2009 2:37 am Post subject: Reply with quote

I'm sticking with this and I still haven't gotten to that 1 hr of cardio a day. The only positive is that it wouldn't be forever because 1 - 1 1/2 hr a day simply isn't realistic for me if it's forever. If this will switch the hormones and still allow me to eat like a human at that 1900'ish daily calorie, this is what I have to do.

I'm going to push for that extra 30 - 45 min this week and hope to see the scales move. I feel like I'm on the edge of success and need to close my eyes and just jump!!

Your input is a big part of keeping me motivated. The science and chemistry of this fat I've battled my whole life is sinking in. I just wish it was a little easier! Smile

Thanks! And on to a new day!
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tnino45



Joined: 01 Nov 2008
Posts: 43

PostPosted: Tue Mar 24, 2009 5:34 am Post subject: Reply with quote

dzalar keep up the good work. remember the winner of the race isn't the one who runs the fastest, but the one who keeps on running. i applaud ypu.
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dzalar



Joined: 18 Mar 2009
Posts: 12

PostPosted: Tue Mar 24, 2009 2:47 pm Post subject: Reply with quote

tnino - thanks for your encouragement. I'm heading to the gym at noon today for 30 and later for another 30. Getting that hour in is my priority this week.

Thanks for being a cheerleader!!
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joel



Joined: 04 Mar 2008
Posts: 79

PostPosted: Tue Mar 24, 2009 6:57 pm Post subject: more weight loss stuff Reply with quote

That level of cardio is not something you or anyone else can do forever. It's simply to get the weight off.

If we take a long term view of weight loss, the one constant for most people is gaining the weight back over a 2 year period. There are a number of reasons why this is so. Dean and I have a book coming out to explain all of the hormonal reactions involved, but the basic idea is simply HOW you get the weight off will determine if you can keep it off.

Going this route - eating a bit more and exercising more to get the weight off prevents a compensation down the line from the hormones that control food intake. Let's look at a pyramid of things you can do that will have an impact

- Cutting out processed carbs like liquid sugars (including juices) makes a nice difference over the long haul

- eating mostly whole foods will have a huge impact. I say "mostly whole" because nobody can eat whole foods all the time. But make no mistake, the heart of the problem is simply processed food. If we were all stuck on an island and could only eat whole foods in the form of nuts, fruits, roots, and lean meats from grass fed animals or seafood, no one would have a weight problem. It's only when we get into manufactured foods that we introduce a weight problem and a craving problem. These foods induce cravings.

- Using exercise to get your weight off will give you a big advantage over cutting calories.

That's the basic formula. Couple of minor things are take some minerals at bedtime and you may try some milk thistle to give the liver a bit of a lift.
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dzalar



Joined: 18 Mar 2009
Posts: 12

PostPosted: Mon Apr 13, 2009 4:21 am Post subject: back on the wagon Reply with quote

Well, after 10 days of total chaos and no exercise, I realized that all the time I thought nothing was happening because the scale wasn't moving, actually many things WERE happening. I felt better!!! Had to go out of town and had some crazy days with family and work trials, which led to ignoring my plan. Add the holiday weekend and pecan pie in and I'm more than ready to get back on track!! I've also missed the interaction and advice of this column.

Back to getting 100 lbs off!!
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dzalar



Joined: 18 Mar 2009
Posts: 12

PostPosted: Fri May 15, 2009 2:57 am Post subject: Looking for Motivation Reply with quote

I'm on day 4 of sticking to my eating plan. Now I need to get back on an exercise routine and supplements. I hope others are having success in their weight loss goals!
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GI Jane



Joined: 02 Sep 2008
Posts: 83

PostPosted: Mon May 18, 2009 5:06 pm Post subject: Reply with quote

Keep it up! 4 days is better than no days. Make the time, make the effort and you will be rewarded.
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