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Saturday, October 24, 2009

Dynamic Weight Loss Phase

Induction sometimes brings out the rebel in one (I know this too well, unfortunately). One starts out great and then falters a week later. That can happen, especially when stresses in one's life are distracting. Losing weight is a mind set that has to be with one 24/7 during that process. What one is seeking is the dynamic weight loss phase. When the body enters this phase, weight comes off fairly easily and fairly quickly. Whatever you do, if you enter this phase, don't stop the ball rolling. It might be months or a year later before you get back into that phase again, and I'm not kidding. One gets there, the weight is coming off, and one is distracted, adds in no-no carbs, weight stalls - end of weight loss! No wonder the late Dr. Atkins said that eating anything off the diet was "the kiss of death" for weight loss.

Remember veggies and protein, veggies and protein every meal with some healthy fats - leave the carbs to add in later, when you don't mind weight loss slowing down. However, if you add in the carbs - like bread, potatoes, cookies, higher carb fruit, even low-carb baking too soon - game over, possibly, for quite a while, until one gets serious again.

Remember to keep reading the book. Keep the momentum going and keep focusing on the task at hand. Join a forum, plan meals, keep a journal, count carbs, etc. - whatever it takes, keep focused. If there is a slip-up, forgive yourself, and jump on the wagon the very next snack or meal. Don't wait until the next day or the next.

The goal is to get into a "dynamic weight loss" mode where the weight comes off seemingly effortlessly and at regular intervals. All the best to anyone reading this!


P.S. I know the previous post is a contradiction to this post, however, take or leave that one - this post is much more important. There are a few things that I listed there that would help make very low carb eating more palatable, especially if one continues after the initial two weeks with 20 to 30 grams of carbs a day.


Sandylp said...

You are so right! Losing the weight is easy if you adhere to the diet by eating a minimum of carbs (and keep the ball rolling). Once you reach your ideal weight, however, it becomes tricky. If you add too many carbs to your diet, you'll start to gain back the weight. It's up to each person to experiment and find how many carbs can be added before the weight starts to creep up. Good luck on your weight loss journey.

Jennifer said...

Thank you for your comment, Sandy. :-) I would like to lose 10 lbs. Why is that last 10 lbs always so difficult to lose?

I'm very blessed in that I can tolerate a high level of carbs (however, it is not good for my body inside, if you know what I mean), so once I lose the weight, I can usually maintain fairly easily. I mean I will put on weight, if I'm not careful, however, it is so much easier for me to maintain my weight, than to lose weight.

Everybody is so different though.

Karen Lindsay said...

Oh, man! You were speaking to me with this one. I started induction last Sunday because I just wasn't getting anywhere just doing low carb (I had only lost 10 pounds in three months). By Wednesday, I was caving due to stresses in my life and I fell off the wagon big time with a bag of Reese's peanut butter cups. Even though I experienced pretty severe stomach cramps/pain every time I age three or four, I repeated as often as I felt the stress and anger at myself until the entire bag was gone. I intend to restart induction tomorrow. Wish me strength. :)


Jennifer said...

Hey, Karen - 10 lbs in 3 months is pretty good in my book. I'd love to do that! Don't be in too much of a hurry. You were losing weight and that is the main thing. What does it matter if it takes you longer to get to your goal? You're in this way of eating for the long haul. Don't let impatience derail your efforts. I think you're doing great. Forgive yourself for the slip-up and keep on keeping on - you'll get there! Persistence is what is key, even in the face of a few slip-ups. Don't ever give up!