A letter to a dedicated dieter…
To those who are abiding to a diet –
Recently, you’ve made a commitment to exercising and losing weight. Perhaps a few clarifications will help eliminate some of the confusion. You can lose the weight successfully if instead of getting caught up in the details you nail down the principles that may be missing.
“Self-discipline” and “hard work” may be in vain if you aren’t approaching your eating in a way that works to deplete fat savings.
These are the three principles that you want to wrap your head around. They will make this easy, and it really is easy once you’ve eliminated the layers of irrelevant diet information.
1. STABILIZE YOUR BLOOD SUGAR LEVELS – what this means, is minimize carbohydrates, substantially. Fruits and vegetables ARE carbohydrates, Madeleine, though you seem to believe otherwise. They give your brain more than enough glucose, and they ensure insulin is not being released as much or as often. This makes minimizing MUCH easier.
The purpose of reducing carbohydrates is three-fold. Firstly, cutting back on dense glucose prevents insulin from storing useable calories as fat. Secondly, by preventing high blood sugar you also prevent the subsequent lows, thereby reducing cortisol levels and cravings. Finally, when you cut back on carbohydrates, you cut back significantly on calories, which is the second weight loss principle.
2. MINIMIZE YOUR CALORIE INTAKE- the way you actually lose weight is by USING stored fuel as energy. This ONLY happens is if you aren’t obtaining enough calories through food. You can be disciplined all day, all week, but STILL not create an ongoing deficit.
Think of your body as a business with an abundant amount of product in storage. You want to move that product rather than continuing to fill your already full stockroom. How do you get your body’s extra storage? Simple. You eat only the most fibrous, water-dense carbohydrates with small bits of protein and fat to keep your brain from going into a tizzy. Minimizing means NOT eating enough, which is very different than simply eating “healthy”.
3. MAKE MUSCLE AND USE IT – This is the final principle, not because it isn’t vital, but because exercise is the long term investment. When you build dense muscle, your body will move its extra fuel storage from fat to muscle, and you will have much more leeway with what you eat. Everyday exercise, in the meantime, boosts metabolism, helping with storage depletion.