(04-13-2012 11:46 AM)navywife2001 Wrote: I found this article which I think is really interesting:
It makes sense to me. I think I'm taking in too many calories- 1800-2000. So I'm going to try and shoot for 1500-1700 (going to the higher end on workout days). So far today I'm making small cuts and see if they are noticeable. For example, I was eating 3 eggs, scrambled, with an oz. of cheese and 4 sausage links. Today I had 2 eggs, 1/2 oz of cheese, and 2 links and I feel just as satisfied. We'll see as the day goes on.
The key, I'm learning, is to change from the mindless "eating because it's there and tastes good" to "eating because I'm truly hungry". It's hard to retrain yourself to know what that feels like when you've spent a lifetime ignoring your body's true needs.
Yesterday I had a really "hungry" day where I just felt hungry, especially in the afternoon! So by the end of the day my calories were over 2000. Plus I was out for lunch at McD's and had 4 hamburger patties which for the calories and fat were not worth it. I don't think I will gain from a day like that since the carbs were still very low, but obviously I can't be eating like that every day and expect to LOSE.
Eades is basically right. I'm still a bit taken aback and offended a little about people saying that stalls are due to people eating for fun, or lack of control like a drug addict (food reward). I know that these things happen, but so do a lot of other things too.
Some people are actually trying and following up on every clue they can, measuring everything they eat, and still struggling. To simply dismiss this as gluttony without proof for each case is just more fat-hating from thin people. It's really annoying.
I think for people that stuck to a good plan and stalled, the explanation that calorie requirements go down as weight goes down makes more sense. It's easy to forget that once you lose like 1/3 or more of your body weight. You tend to cling to what has been working, then it stops working.
I'm male, 51, 5'8", 188, and I would gain fast on 2,000 cal a day. That's a lot of food for someone wishing to lose! I'm doing about 1,500, but that is adjusted down due to the ex-hormone wreck thing.
LCHF enables you to get away from eating on time and a certain amount per meal out of habit. If you ate SAD, you learn from experience that if you skip a meal, you are miserable by the time the next meal comes around. If you have adapted to LCHF, you can get past this because the body can switch to burning fat instead of waiting for a cookie.
Of course if you keep eating a lot, you bypass the weight loss process that you did LCHF to put into place.
Again, people are getting a "process enabler" (LC) mixed up with the process itself (losing weight).