Reading Your Body Like a Map for Quicker Weight Loss
The problem with most weight loss advice is that it takes a one-size-fits-all approach. The general idea is that if you move more and eat less, you will lose weight.
But is this true?
To some extent it is, but it fails to take into account many other highly relevant factors that will impact your weight loss. In order to consistently shed the stubborn fat until you reach your ideal weight, you’ll need to proactively observe and analyze your thoughts, feelings, and actions during the process.
The importance of journaling
The best way to do this will be to keep a weight loss journal. You’ll record down the foods you eat and track how they make you feel over the day and the following day. You’ll also note down the times of your meal.
Over two weeks or so, you’ll notice patterns emerge. You might even be shocked to find out that having breakfast early in the day makes you eat more throughout the day while having just one meal in the evening leaves you feeling satiated and with fewer cravings.
Most weight loss is determined by the levels of insulin in your body. When there’s insulin in your blood, your body will burn glucose for fuel INSTEAD of fat. This is one reason why so many people struggle to lose weight. Their insulin levels are too high because of their excessive carb intake.
If you observe your body closely, you’ll notice that when you’ve not eaten for several hours, you start to feel tired and your body craves food. That’s because your insulin levels are low. You crave for carbs.
If you give in to temptation and eat the carbs, you’ll spike your blood sugar levels, cause the body to release insulin and this will result in weight gain.
The best way to remedy this is to observe how you’re feeling, acknowledge the issue and eat a protein or fat. It may not be as satisfying as gorging on pasta, bread or rice, but you’ll not be skyrocketing your blood sugar levels.
Observing how you feel
Initially, when you’re transitioning from burning glucose for fuel to burning ketones for fuel, you’ll not feel as good as you normally do. You may feel moody, lethargic, or even experience flu-like symptoms.
This is normal and to be expected when you reduce your carbohydrate intake. For most people, reducing their carbs will single handedly drop their weight faster than any other method out there.
With a low carb intake, you could exercise just once a week and you’d still lose weight. It’s recommended that you exercise daily, but this is an indicator of how effective the method is.
Most weight gain is the result of eating too many starchy carbs and processed foods that contain hidden sugars. Eliminating these will put an end to the problem quickly, but you’ll be battling cravings for about 2 to 3 weeks.
Reading your body
When you get most of your carbs from vegetables (excluding white potatoes), the insulin in your blood will decrease and you’ll be more likely to lose weight. If you feel like you have less energy, just understand that your body is adapting.
All discomfort, cravings, lethargy, etc. that comes about when you cut your carb intake is just your body adapting and your hormones are craving what they’re used to getting.
The key is to make changes gradually so that your body has time to adapt. If you’re struggling to fight cravings in the night, you’re cutting your carbs too drastically.
Watch how your body reacts and the difficulties you’re facing. Adapt and tailor your approach in a methodical and gradually progressive manner. The goal should be to make many small positive changes until you reach your goal.
You should not be fighting yourself every step of the way. Slow and steady will get you faster results. That’s the secret of all successful long-term weight loss.