My partner is away on prac for his degree at the moment, and here I am stuck living alone for two weeks, minus the weekends.
I have noticed that my metabolism seems to have changed over time. When I was in high school I lived with my grandparents and we ate the same things every day, at the same time every day, I couldn’t have gained weight if I’d tried. I moved out of home and decided I was going to eat whatever I wanted, I was going to have all the things we could never have. Consequently I gained a lot of weight, 50kgs in total. After trying several diets, and having a lot of them fail I decided to make a few changes, and they are really the foundations that got my started and that have helped me sustain my progress, which is sometimes two steps forward and one step back. I lost 40kgs and in the process slowed my metabolism down, way down.
My beginning started with a bootcamp dvd that only goes about 35mins, I did this 3-4 times a week and changed the size of my meals. I ate smaller meals and tried to cut out too much packaged food. I lost 10kgs in a month, but I believe to this day this was because I was so big, as I have progressed I find it harder to lose weight.
Eventually I added other rules that seemed to be working, I cut as much sugar as I could, I avoided sugary snacks and drinks reserving it only for coffee. Over time the rules change but I try to eat as healthy as I can for the most part, we still have take out from time to time, and I have cheese and crackers with a glass of wine on my nights alone (usually once a fortnight).
So what are my rules?
- I have a slow metabolism so I have to watch how much I eat – no food before 11am only coffee or liquids
- No food after 7:30pm, this is when our metabolisms are starting to wind down for the night
- I try to limit my carbs to one meal a day
- Avoid sugar
- Try and move every day – yoga, a walk, the gym, something that helps elevate your heart rate
I have tools I use to try and keep me on track, I use a meal plan, and try to stay as organised as I can be. I don’t buy snack foods I’d rather avoid.
I think the secret to success is the realisation that there is no great big secret. You really just have to learn about what’s in your food, you need to eat less of the bad stuff and move more. Once you realise this it’s so much easier, that combined with some willpower. I guess for the most part people really do know what they are eating isn’t good for them, but the taste and gratification is too much for them. One day you just have to wake up and decide you’re about to do something great for your body, and stop putting it off until tomorrow. Make a few good changes and sustain them, once you have mastered them make a few more.
Once you realise there’s a formula you’ll understand why all of those other diets never worked. While they can get your weight down, they don’t help you keep it there. It concerns me that weight-loss surgery isn’t teaching people anything, as usual when there’s a problem we remove a persons access to it. Is it really necessary to surgically remove your capacity to eat much more than a cup full of food? When you think about the side effects, you struggle to take in enough nutrients and protein, to the point your hair can fall out and you need to be on multivitamins.
Obesity and malnutrition are a huge problem, causing other issues such as cholesterol, stroke, high blood pressure, diabetes… All things that can have huge effects on your body. Ever since I started nursing I began to realise just how much we abuse our bodies, abuse that is irreversible. So now I try to make a difference wherever I can. Food is meant to be how we fuel our bodies, it’s an added bonus that we enjoy it, otherwise we might not be as efficient with it. I try to enjoy my meals, but make them nutritious.