So I’ve written about how nutrition has really been the thorn in my side for years and years. At first I really didn’t know how to eat, pre surgery when I was “trying” to diet and exercise to lose weight. This WLS journey has been such a rewarding, challenging, glorious experience for me personally. I’ve learned sooooo much about myself, food, exercise and my body. It’s been priceless.
So as I sit here 30 lbs from my goal weight, I am looking down the road realizing, I’ve eaten in such a way; while goo, clean and beneficial, it’s not necessarily how I will continue to eat for the rest of my life. I’ve shared here my mental process with this food journey. So I thought I’d share my latest experiment……
So before now (like 2 days ago, haha) I was eating 5 small meals a day because “omg, you have to have your metabolism burning because THAT’S how you lose weight!!!!!” bullcrap, I call bullcrap…..I’ve done EXTENSIVE research on metabolism over the last couple of weeks and the verdict is out on this argument. YES there are schools of thought out there that would say you should eat 5 to 6 meals a day to lose weight…….ok, BUT I found I was eating when I WASN”T hungry…….just so that I could “keep my metabolism burning”…..then I started intermittent fasting.
Well guess what???
you have periods of time where you DO NOT eat with IF
it totally worked!!
So do you see my confusion?
HOW could NOT eating help you lose weight??
Especially when most people in the fitness industry say you MUST eat.
NOW hear me….
.you absolutely HAVE to eat the RIGHT foods,
YES I wholeheartedly agree….
Get rid of the sugar, grains, dairy from your diet, increase veggies, lean protein, and low sugar fruits coupled with exercise yes you will lose weight.
Replace whatever sugary drink you are drinking with water and unsweet tea and YES you will lose weight…..
I get it,
I agree absolutely!!!
But at the end of the day, you have to find what works for YOU!!! it may be 5 to 6 small meals, it may be 1, I don’t know, but you and your body know….so go with that!!
So my current experiment, as of yesterday is that I’ve stopped eating 5 meals a day and am only eating breakfast, lunch, dinner and a snack if needed. I’m LISTENING to my body so I eat only when I’m hungry. Some days that’s high calories and some days it’s lower. I’m choosing not to be ruled by calorie fear and allowing myself to enjoy “my weekends off” where I can enjoy a cheeseburger if I want to on Sundays.
I feel really liberated and I’m hoping and praying this new approach will lead me to a 30lb weight loss this year and ultimately be how I eat for life. At this point, only time will tell, but I no longer have this internal pressure to conform to the patterns of this world. God is doing an amazing work in my life and HE is the only one who gets all the credit because seriously without Him I would still be fat, sick and miserable