Dont you think starving is easier .. I do and i workout
no, not at all.
it can cause irreversible damage to your heart and brain and is simply something that cannot be sustained for a long period of time without dire consequences.
as many of my earlier blog posts illustrate, i’m totally against starvation as a means of weight loss (i will never be a fan of the abc diet, diet coke diet, or any of the pro-ana diets out there).
seriously, it’s okay to eat— that’s something that i wish everyone could remember.
what does that mean? well, your body tries to naturally maintain a certain number/weight on the scale.
and according to some research, vigorous exercise (e.g. a workout regimen prior to a special occasion, like a wedding) followed by periods of inactivity (after the wedding’s over, and you get lazy) can raise your fat levels and put strain on your system.
basically, instead of yo-yo dieting, you’re yo-yo exercising— which is just as bad.
so what should you do? adopt an exercise regimen that you can sustain year-round. allow yourself some rest days, but don’t fall into the habit of sitting on your butt for too long.
How many calories do you eat per day?
in all honesty, i’m probably somewhere between 1500-2000 calories a day, but it definitely varies on a day-to-day basis. still, i haven’t done a food diary (i.e. checking my caloric intake) in a while, simply because weight loss isn’t my goal.
as long as i’m eating right, exercising regularly, taking care of my body (teeth, hair, skin, etc.) to the best of my abilities, and feel good (that’s the most important), i’m satisfied. :)
My mom has been overweight for most of her life and almost two years ago she went to a doctor and he told her that it doesn't matter what you eat, it's how much you eat. Although eating healthy food is important, it's also about portions. Overeating is overeating. He told her to eat 4 times a day and whatever she was eating it has to be the size of her fist, you can eat whatever you want. It might sound difficult at first but you get used to it! She has lost almost 40 pounds!
yeah, you’re definitely right! overeating is overeating, regardless of what particular food is being eaten. however, i’m more concerned with the inside than the outside of one’s body.
while it is indeed possible to lose a lot of weight by simply eating junk (and i’m no way saying that that’s what your mom is eating), i don’t like it.
when it comes to weight loss, yes… it does come down to the numbers.
without considering exercise/calorie expenditure, here’s an example: you can eat 3000 calories of fruits and vegetables and the good stuff every day, or 1800 of ice cream, chips, and candy. obviously, you’re gonna gain weight with the former because your caloric intake is higher, even though the food is better for you.
and while obesity in itself raises one’s risks for certain diseases, the “ice cream diet” isn’t much better, as it ups the bad cholesterol levels in one’s body in addition to increasing other health risks.
the fist-size portion four times a day probably works simply because it prevents overeating. that and it’s easier than having to count out one’s calories per meal.
since it’s working wonderfully for her, sweet! but for others, it’s just as easy to achieve the same result by monitoring one’s daily caloric intake (though it takes some practice and a little bit of thought).
tell her congrats on the 40 pounds though— that’s quite a feat! :)
i haven’t tested it myself yet, but it’s something to try/consider.
based on what i’ve been reading though, once you get good at eating with your non-dominant hand, the effectiveness may lessen haha.
I've got a quick question: I'm not interested in losing weight, I'm comfortable where I am and with my size (5'8" and 143-152 lbs depending on the day and how much I ate the day before), but I do want to lose some of the leftover fat I have on me that I haven't been able to get rid of even when I used to work out hard 5-6 days a week. I mainly do bodyweight exercises at a quick pace but I've had little to no results losing the fat. Any advice? You can touch on anything you deem necessary :)
hey there, nick!
before i unleash all that i know, i have a few questions for you.
1) what does your diet look like? how many calories/give me a general idea of what kind of food you eat.
2) do you factor in aerobic exercise into your workouts? if so, how often/how much/how long?
3) describe your “bodyweight” workouts. give me a lil detail about how many sets/reps you do.
thanks in advance! :)
i've been running 2-3 miles 3 times a week for about 6 weeks + weight lifting and i still see no results. i guess i'm in the 'healthy' weight (i'm 5'2'' and 123lbs) but i'm really flabby and i just want to tone. workout suggestions?
hello! well, first off, kudos to you for working out regularly! :)
you’re most likely in the zone where weight loss through exercise alone is difficult. since you didn’t give me any details regarding your diet/nutrition, i can only guess that you’ve been focusing solely on your workouts.
obviously, you are improving health-wise in terms of aerobic capacity and strength, right? you’re definitely toning your muscles underneath the “flab” (though i doubt it’s really that bad— your weight to height ratio is perfectly fine!).
what i’d suggest is to begin looking at your diet and making changes. remember: the most effective way to lose weight is by making adjustments to one’s diet.
you’re probably all toned up underneath but need to make a few small changes with your caloric intake and meal/snack decisions.
keep up the good work with working out, and eat right! good luck.
I've changed my school lunches to salad with minimal dressing (vinaigrette) and some fruit from pb&j and a granola bar. I've been doing this for over a month. Why haven't I lost any weight?
even though i applaud you for making such a change, there are many other factors to consider.
although there is a possibility for health improvement, depending on if the rest of your diet has stayed the same, your caloric intake throughout the rest of the day (your breakfast and dinner meals as well as snacks) also determines weight loss.
because salad isn’t exactly filling— and i’m not sure how big of a serving size you are eating— you might be over-compensating for hunger with your snackage and dinner/late meal.
for a few days, try to actually count your calories and see how much is going into your body. oftentimes we don’t realize just how much we’re eating, so it’s important to check your intake every once in a while to help keep you on track.
after checking your intake, adjust accordingly. (if you need help with making adjustments, feel free to message me again.)
best of luck to you on your journey to good health! :)
your blog=my life lol love it<3 helping with my eating disorders so much<3
yay, i’m glad!!!
i hope things are working out wonderfully for you— feel free to message me if you ever need help/advice.
i’m always here to help. :)
Hi. I just want to reply your post about Starving. You said: When you starve, you lose muscle mass, and icrease your fat mass... One of the characterystics of anorexia is that you lose your period. And guess why? BECAUSE YOUR BODY FAT PERCENTAGE IS TOO LOW. Just saying.
really? i can’t believe i’d ever make that great of an error… i’d truly appreciate it if you could link me to this mistake.
perhaps you misunderstood?
i’m sure i’ve iterated on numerous occasions the dangers of anorexia and how muscle deteriorates through starvation (after the body has used up all of its fat storage). i’d say i have a good grasp of how amenorrhea is due to low body fat… #justsayin
but many thanks, i hope you’re able to provide me with the proof because honestly, if i did say that, i’d be pretty embarrassed… haha :)