Weight Loss vs. Fat LossWritten by Vernita Sherman
In order to lose weight, your body must burn more calories than it takes in, but keep in mind that your body needs calories for energy and when you exercise; your body needs even more calories. Before I talk about energy, first thing you must understand is that losing weight and losing fat is not same thing. Just because you lose weight, does not mean you lose fat, and just because you lose fat, does not mean you lose weight. When people talk about losing weight, what really want to do is lose excess fat on their body and obtain an attractive figure. When you eat, body uses most of calories for energy. If you eat more calories than body uses, it will get stored as fat. If you do not consume enough calories per day you will lose weight, but you will also lose energy. When you do not consume enough energy (calories) for your body, it will start using up your energy stores to make up for energy deficiency. Unfortunately, energy stores used is not your stored fat, but instead itís protein and carbohydrates (carbs) that will supply most of energy (stored fat makes up a very small percentage). Your body will take protein and carbohydrates from your muscle cells; causing your muscle mass to reduce (say good by to that toned attractive look) which forces your metabolism to decrease (a low metabolism = slow or no fat burning). When this happens your body requires less energy to maintain its new lower body weight (remember body weight is lower because you loss muscle), which is why your body conserves energy by slowing down metabolism. In other words, body has adapted to new lower energy (calorie) intake which means that you will no longer continue to lose weight. Keep in mind that weight you had lost in first place was mostly water weight and you will eventually gain it back in form of fat, not muscle (in order to get your muscle mass back to way it was before, you have to work on rebuilding it). When carbohydrates and protein that are already in your body are used as energy source, your body will lose water weight because both carbohydrates and protein hold water in cells. In essence, you are dehydrating yourself to lose weight. So yes scale will go down, but approximately 75% (if not more) of it is water instead of fat. And just so you know, exercising while consuming a small calorie intake just makes situation worse. This is because when you exercise, you start burning off more energy and more you workout, more energy your body needs. I already told you above where energy comes from, and if you do not give your body energy it needs, it will just feed on your muscles even quicker now that you are exercising. So eat more food! In addition to this, when you cut down too much on your calorie intake, your body will start storing calories because it doesnít know when you will eat again. The calories that are stored will be stored as fat. So in other words, when your body is storing energy, itís basically storing more fat. To summarize my point: Not eating enough calories results in muscle loss, dehydration, slower fat burning, and your body will always adapt to a lower calorie intake.
Co-Dependency and Food: Trying to Fill the VoidWritten by Zo Houseman
Nice girls donít speak up. Nice girls take care of and support others. These are just a few of messages girls often receive as they are socialized. Often in adulthood, these ingrained messages turn into full-blown co-dependency. Years can go by. Unmet needs build up energy; they demand attention. But without learning skills in setting boundaries, letting others feel their own pain and making oneself a priority, food often becomes hassle-free, soothing balm to take edge off and release that pent up energy momentarily, that is until guilt sets in.
We are in one of following roles when we are co-dependent Ė victim, rescuer or persecutor. Following are a few examples of how these roles play out in our relationship with food:
Victim: You eat too much food. You gain weight and then canít eat what you want. No matter what you do, what diet you try, you canít lose weight. No matter how you eat, you seem to continue to gain weight, feeling worse and worse.
Rescuer: The dessert makes you feel better, especially chocolate. It makes you feel loved. You feel comforted and nurtured when you eat certain foods. You reward yourself with food over smallest perceived successes. Or someone may rescue you when you claim you canít lose weight. ďYouíve tried hard. Itís not working for you. Go ahead and eat it. Youíre not losing weight anyway. You can try that new diet tomorrow.Ē
Persecutor: Youíre great at beating up on yourself. No matter what you do, you canít lose weight. Your tortured thoughts go something like this: ďIím never going to lose this weight; itís too hard to lose weight. I hate myself because I canít control my eating. I hate myself because Iím not following this diet perfectly. Iím fat. Iím ugly. I hate myself.Ē
How do you get out of your co-dependent relationship with food? First, pay attention to your thoughts Ė I mean really notice. What are you saying to yourself about food, your body, your weight, yourself? Likely youíll find that you wouldnít say those things to your worst enemy. Secondly, write those thoughts down. Ask yourself if any of your thoughts are really true about you or do they come from unconscious, past patterns. Next, ask yourself if you wish to continue to believe these thoughts. If not, forgive yourself for believing them and replace those thoughts with ones you want.