TIME TO SHOCK THE SYSTEM
Vals a personal fitness trainer getting in shape for a big competition later on this summer. Shes been blogging about her transformation as she goes through weeks of physical fitness training. I dont know about you, but I find her journey really inspiringnow I just have to get up and get out of my comfort zone, again! Gulp SK
So I went to see my nutritionist for my weigh in last Wed….NOT IMPRESSED!
But not surprised. I lost only 0.3% body fat and 0 lbs !! That part was even more depressing. But in reality, looking back on the last 2 weeks, my gym time was scarce and my eating was only 90% perfect…yup, I had overwhelming cravings, although they were in very small amounts, I caved !!!.
So after our meeting , JF Gaudreau (my nutritionist) suggested I try something different. Since I have time to play with (the competition is 15 weeks away) I can test different things out. This next approach actually put a smile on my face!
I am now allowed one cheat meal once a week… that’s one cheat MEAL – NOT one cheat day. In other words, I can pick one meal on any one day and that’s it for that week.
Let me explain the logic behind it in very simple terms.
When you eat a certain amount or certain things for a period of time , your body and metabolism will adapt . It’s like exercise, when you do the same routine over and over your body adapts and you stop seeing change… you’ve hit a “plateau”.
Well it’s the same for your diet. You’ll get to a certain point where you’re just not losing weight anymore, even though you are eating all the right things. Now is when you need to “rev up “ your metabolism. So by introducing food that your body is not used to eating ( food NOT part of your diet) your metabolism kicks in in order to process or digest all that food. Now, since I m only doing this for one meal , what I am hoping to do is to trick my body. My metabolism will go into overdrive and hopefully stay that way for a couple of days since it’s expecting more of it to come . In the meantime, I will have gone back to my “diet” and my metabolism will be burning more calories which will lead to additional weight loss.
So I chose Saturday night. I had a dinner party planned for 7 people that I was hosting. In my head I was going to go all out cooking and baking for them and I would eat my plate of baked chicken, sweet potatoe and roasted broccoli. So when JF told me about my cheat meal , I literally got so excited that I started planning a crazy menu. I would be eating everything and as much as I wanted that night…. And of course I did !!
I had to weigh myself Saturday morning ( I weighed in at 177lbs , down 3 lbs from my 180lb weigh in on Wednesday, due to perfect eating and going to the gym twice since then). Sunday morning, after my cheat meal extravaganza, I weighed in at 179lbs. So I was up 2lbs because of my cheat meal.
I now have to weigh myself for the next 2 or 3 days and see what happens. Then I will do this again next Saturday night ( already planning another dinner party…. who wants to come?? LOL) .
I will keep you posted on the results of my experiment.
On another note, a very good friend of mine ( Donna Saker from Q92 ) has gone through a big weight loss and life style change . Shes changed her whole approach to what she eats and now trains consistently. She called me a couple of weeks ago very frustrated. She explained to me that she was still working very hard at the gym and was eating perfectly, yet she had stopped seeing the weight drop and felt very bloated all the time.
I told her that she had to do something different, change something up.
She said she couldn’t work out more than she already was and that there was nothing left to cut out of her diet..she was being so careful with everything she ate. I asked her what she was eating … everything seemed great until she mentioned dairy. I told her “that’s it cut out the dairy for a couple of weeks and see what happens “. She was skeptical at first, but I explained to her that sometimes when we eat foods that we are “intolerant” to our bodies react in different ways. It doesn’t mean that we are allergic to that particular food it just means that our bodies don’t tolerate it well. I personally stopped eating dairy more than 6 months ago, because of my intolerance to it (I was tested by means of a blood test) and cutting out the dairy has allowed me to get leaner on my legs (which had ALWAYS been an issue for me ). I heard back from her less than 2 weeks ago and she told me that her stomach was flat (no more bloating) and that the weight had started coming off again .
If you look at all the diets out there, they are all pretty much the same, but WE ARE NOT.
Just because we think that the foods we eat are “healthy “ does not mean they work for us in a positive way. Each one of us is different and what works great for one person doesn’t necessarily work for another. My best advice is to know your body and how different foods affect you. Eat as “clean” as possible. The less a food item has been manipulated by humans, the better it is for you (ie: eat a fruit as opposed to fruit juice.) And as far as dairy goes, try staying away from it and see what happens!
If you have any questions or comments I would love to hear from you.
Until next time, or my next weigh inLOL take great care of yourselves, this is the only body you have, so treat it right!