Recently, I have learned new things about my personal weight loss, since I am trying to lose weight myself. In one of my previous posts, I stated that I had lost 21 pounds. On September 25th, 2017, I started Bright Line Eating, a program developed by Susan Peirce Thompson, in which you follow 4 bright lines, no sugar, no flour, measure your food, and eat 3 or 5 meals a day.
For the first month, everything did go very well: I lost the 21 pounds. After that, things slowed down for a while, even though I followed the program (not 100% strict). After another month, I had lost only 4 more pounds, which was a little disappointing to me.
Over and over I have wondered why people do not lose weight, even though they watch closely what they eat. And I took it to a more personal level: Why did I not lose more weight? I was going down so well and was so happy with my achievement, but then it suddenly slowed down.
Here are a few answers that I have been thinking of lately and definitely make sense to me.
1) Fatigue And Sleep Deprivation
You can find quite some research that if you go on a diet, you should be sleeping well and enough so your body can function and get those excess pounds off. There are 2 hormones in our body related to hunger and fullness: Ghrelin and leptin. When you sleep too little, ghrelin is released into the body, making you feel hungry and you are likely to eat a little or even a lot more than you would when you are not sleep deprived. When you are not sleep deprived, leptin can do its job and tell you when you are full.
Research also tells us that body fat is not going down when sleep deprived. Your insulin levels (insulin is the hormone that changes food into energy) quickly go down which means that sugars, starches, and others cannot be converted into energy, and are therefore stored as fat.
And lastly, research has shown that our body is on “conservation-of-energy-mode” when we make long days and short nights. Our body is trying to save up those calories for later and that explains why weight loss is not possible when you do not sleep well or are tired regularly.
Good news is that it only takes a few days to come back on track with your weight loss. You can find that within 14 days of good sleeping, your fat will dramatically reduce.
And why have I not been losing weight lately? I have been doing way too many extra hours of work in the last 2 weeks. I have stayed up every day until around 12:00 pm and got up at around 6:00, which is only 6 hours of sleep. Looking back at the first weeks of my diet, I slept between 8-9 hours daily. I have been eating pretty much the same over the past weeks but haven’t been able to put off some pounds, which is a little disappointing, but it tells me exactly what I should be back to sleeping if I want to continue on my journey successfully.
2) Sugar And Flour Are The Big Ones…
Why is that so? People will often say that those are the best things to eat. I am not convinced. I have been reading and learning about food addiction lately. Could it be that sugar and flour are highly addictive? That would explain why that is “the-best-food-ever”.
If you want to read about it about this food addiction yourself, click here.
My diet consists mainly of avoiding sugar and flour. I have been eating proteins and lots and lots of vegetables and fruit and also good fats. Do I see or feel a difference? Definitely! I have experienced in the past weeks that my cravings for desserts and bread are way less than what they used to be. There are even days when I do not care about those foods anymore. I can feed my small son cheesecake or a hamburger (which I should not be doing) and I do not feel like I am even hungry for it. I have been to meetings, where only sweet snacks have been served and I was able to say “No”. Something I had never done before.
Research shows that sugar and flour keep leptin to lower levels. That means that the higher intake of sugar and flour you have, the smaller the chance that your body will tell you when you are full. And what happens? You eat too much. Your willpower is down to zero with this food addiction.
Here is an interesting article about willpower. Click here.
The 21 pounds that I shed are directly linked to sugar and flour. I had been avoiding them for over 7 weeks. It does not mean that I have had nothing, but it has been very little. For example, on one particular Sunday during those weeks, I ate a small piece of cake, which was the only thing I had that week that was sweet or had flour.
If you have been trying to lose weight, try this one: Eat nothing that has sugar or flour in it. You will see the results very soon. My wife and I have both been on this diet, although she doesn’t have too many extra pounds. By only avoiding sugar and flour, she has now lost around 10 pounds in 8 weeks. Excellent proof that sugar and flour are directly connected to weight gain/weight loss.
If you want it or not, but drinking other things than plain water is a high intake of calories in most cases. Store-bought juices are high in sugar; therefore high in empty calories, which just quickly fill you up but don’t give you what your body needs.
In fact, belly fat is directly linked in part to sweet drinks. There is sugar in most beverages, and not only a little sugar, in many cases, it stands in first place. Click here for a list of drinks that are highly sugared and to learn more about the importance of drinking water daily.
I don’t drink much of sweetened drinks because I mostly drink water, which in this case could not be the problem with weight loss.
Is That All?
There are other things that definitely play a role in your weight loss success:
-Only recently did I learn that dairy products are great inhibitors of weight loss. Yogurt, butter, cream, cheese, and milk are not your friends. I have tried to cut them out and then putting them back in and definitely, no matter if you eat the number of calories that you usually would, if you have no dairy products in them, you will lose weight.
-Lack of physical activity. Who doesn’t know that? If you eat too much and don’t burn the excess calories, they are stored as fat.
I definitely need to be more attentive to these reasons why people don’t lose weight and see what happens after some time.
Hope you learned something new as well? Please leave your comments below. Share if you have experienced something alike? Do you think there are more reasons to not losing weight? And do you agree with the ones that I mentioned?
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