I’m usually pretty good with sticking to a diet when I start one, but that wasn’t always the case. I used to think I could be disciplined enough to avoid the junk food in the house and just focus on the foods allowed in my diet. I found out pretty quickly that if junk food was in the house, it would soon be in my stomach. The phrase if it’s in the kitchen I’m going to eat it, has helped me a lot and avoiding bad junk food purchases.
Carbohydrates provide your body with a major source of energy by being broken down into glucose, which is just a fancy word for blood sugar. The reason eating carbs at night is bad is that we are inactive, and when you eat those carbs and don’t burn off the glucose; it is converted to glycogen. We store excess glycogen as fat.
Some people think they can just skip meals or starve themselves and they will just power through the weight loss. You might get away with that, for one or two days, but this almost always leads to failure. Our body is a finely tuned machine, and when we skip meals too often, our body goes into survival mode because it is receiving signals that food is scarce, causing our metabolism to slow down and goes into preservation mode.
Another effect of not eating for prolonged periods is our bodies produce large quantities of cortisol, which is the stress hormone and I don’t know about you, but I like to eat when I’m stressed.
When you are on your weight loss journey, it can really be hard not to weigh yourself every day to the point it becomes obsessive. The problem with this is you are handicapping yourself because weight loss takes time.
Your weight can fluctuate wildly throughout the week based on what you ate and how much water your body is holding. Muscle also weighs the same as fat, so if you are someone who is exercising, and you lose a pound of fat but gain a pound a muscle, the scale will not change, but your body definitely did for the better.
I hope this helps someone out there.
Thanks for reading.