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Metabolism reset and regret, ugh
07-29-2015, 05:58 AM
Post: #11
RE: Metabolism reset and regret, ugh
(07-28-2015 11:20 AM)AnitraSoto Wrote:  Yes, if you are going to be working out at home, take a peek at Cathe Friedrich's DVDs. If you check out her website cathe.com you will see she has short clips of the content of each DVD so you can see "what you are getting in to".... The first one I ever tried was Muscle Max and it is a perfect place to start. I would also highly recommend Gym Styles. Once you get further along, STS is definitely the best of the best, but I wouldn't necessarily start out with that one. Muscle Max will give you a feel for her style of DVDs (and what equipment you will need). Dumbbells, resistance band and a bench or step to lay on will be enough to start. She uses a barbell, but dumbbells can be substituted on any of those moves.

Strength training is definitely the way to go, and becomes more and more important as we age, as the body naturally loses muscle mass each year. We really need to fight to keep it, not only to keep ourselves fit and strong, but to keep our metabolisms chugging along as well... Running (and any other form of steady-state cardio) can tend to break down the muscle we are working hard to build as well as being fairly hard on the body. For cardio, short (20 minute) HIIT-type workouts are really best. They get the heart rate up there and will tend to raise the metabolism for a longer period of time after the workout (plus a lot less wear and tear on the body..) Walking and simply staying physically active is obviously great too!

We all understand your feelings of being terrified. We were all there (and many still are!). The best advice I can offer is to take it slow. That initial 3 - 5 pound gain is totally normal, and like I said before is water weight as glycogen stores are being refilled. As far as any future gains, just make those increases slowly and wait for your weight to stabilize before pushing it higher and you should be able to minimize those gains.

When you start to strength train, you will see even more fluctuations on the scale as your muscles retain water after training, but you will get used to them and start to expect them. But remember, water weight does not equal fat. Not all gains on the scale are bad, just like all losses are not necessarily good. Low calorie dieting and excessive cardio result in a scale weight loss, but often at the expense of muscle loss. Metabolism-fueling muscle.......

Please know we will be here to support you along the way and look forward to your success!
Thank you Anitra for taking the time out to respond, I will be checking out her DVD's. I will heed your advice about upping my calories again, I ran my numbers through Scooby and still are around 1830. If I jump to the next activity level, it does put me above 2000. I will slowly test the waters and see what the scale says. Thank you for the support, it came just when I needed it!
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07-29-2015, 07:24 PM (This post was last modified: 07-29-2015 08:00 PM by AnitraSoto.)
Post: #12
RE: Metabolism reset and regret, ugh
Losing faith in your old diet/exercise routine is a *good* thing because it didn't work. Remember, even if a diet is successful because you lose a lot of weight, if you gain it all back or are not able to maintain that lifestyle *it wasn't a success!*

EM2WL is basically such a simple idea: Figuring out what your body's caloric requirements are, and eating at a slight deficit in order to lose weight but not slow the metabolism down. The only tricky part is if your metabolism has already been damaged by years of dieting (like so many of us have done) and you have to heal your metabolism before you can start to think about taking a deficit and actually losing weight. It's hard to think about taking 5 steps backwards before you can start walking forwards again. All you are trying to do right now is to heal your metabolism from years of abuse. It is a long, but very rewarding process and everyone starts it with fear and anxiety and then ends up looking back and wondering how they ever lived any other way. It truly is liberating when you start to feel like you are in control again. Hang in there and try to relax... It's very mentally challenging and we have all been there. When you are feeling stressed or doubting yourself, just come here and chat with others going through the same thing. It gets easier with time. I promise...

Anitra Soto
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My EM2WL Journey: http://eatmore2weighless.com/never-too-old-anitra/
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07-31-2015, 10:23 AM
Post: #13
RE: Metabolism reset and regret, ugh
And remember - any scale jump which is quick is not fat gain. You'd have to eat a shite-load of food to get a fat jump, whereas water weight is always a quick jump. And water weight, well...that'll go away.

The other thing I realised is that I'd rather gain some weight in the short run to be able to eat at a normal amount for the rest of my life rather than keep eating under an amount that would normally feed an 8 year old. The weight would eventually come off, but in a much healthier manner (even if it is slower). My life is worth that.
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07-31-2015, 11:09 AM
Post: #14
RE: Metabolism reset and regret, ugh
(07-31-2015 10:23 AM)mrsukyankee Wrote:  And remember - any scale jump which is quick is not fat gain. You'd have to eat a shite-load of food to get a fat jump, whereas water weight is always a quick jump. And water weight, well...that'll go away.

The other thing I realised is that I'd rather gain some weight in the short run to be able to eat at a normal amount for the rest of my life rather than keep eating under an amount that would normally feed an 8 year old. The weight would eventually come off, but in a much healthier manner (even if it is slower). My life is worth that.

Absolutely brilliant advice and the first bit (not sure what a 'shite-load' of food is lol..) made me laugh! ...I think that's the mind set I am slowing getting in to as I go through the reset process, it will be worth it! Do it now then have years of eating well and losing at a sensible rate ahead!! big grin
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08-01-2015, 06:43 AM
Post: #15
RE: Metabolism reset and regret, ugh
(07-31-2015 10:23 AM)mrsukyankee Wrote:  And remember - any scale jump which is quick is not fat gain. You'd have to eat a shite-load of food to get a fat jump, whereas water weight is always a quick jump. And water weight, well...that'll go away.

The other thing I realised is that I'd rather gain some weight in the short run to be able to eat at a normal amount for the rest of my life rather than keep eating under an amount that would normally feed an 8 year old. The weight would eventually come off, but in a much healthier manner (even if it is slower). My life is worth that.
Thank you, you summed up perfectly one of the main reasons that I decided to change what has not been working, I can't eat 1200 calories forever! Two years of starving myself has been exhausting, mentally and physically. I am so appreciative for all the support that I have received.
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08-01-2015, 11:09 AM
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RE: Metabolism reset and regret, ugh
Sorry - 'shite-load' would basically be a ton of food. I'm an American living in London so I tend to enjoy my British slang on occasion.

Good luck to all of you!
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