Monday, 19 September 2011
Aw, man! I gained weight again. Provided, it's only a pound, but it made me want to research if I should really be paying that much attention to the scale.
I found this site. This site makes me happy. It says things like:
"If you experience a sudden weight change, it is likely the result of some simple – and temporary – factors."
And what are these factors?
- Eating and drinking: This is the 'duh' one, but extra food and water in the body-- you know-- increases weight.
- Water: Being dehydrated or having excess sodium in the body causes water retention, adding weight.
- Glycogen: This is losing energy, not fat. This happens when one doesn't eat or is on a low-carb diet. The weight-loss is temporary and will come back once carbs are reintroduced.
- Salt: Again, extra sodium = extra water = extra weight.
- Exercise: Can cause a quick loss of weight, but this is temporary and usually due to water loss.
- Hormones!: Weight fluctuates around women's menstrual cycle, due to water retention.
So, what's the moral?
"The bottom line is that it doesn't pay to lament – or celebrate – every little change of the scale. Burning fat 'is a very, very slow process,' Piplani said. 'People tend to give themselves way too much credit when they lose a pound and beat themselves up way too much when they gain a pound,' he said."
So... this is all comforting, save for fat burning being a "very, very slow process." I want change now!
What really needs to happen is a change in my diet... which I don't want to do, you guys! It's getting cold now and all I want are the nice, warm carby-carbs that make me feel loved!
So I ask you in desperation:
How do you make a successful change in your diet?