For many of us, our weight loss journey will not be short. If we have allowed our bodies to accumulate pound after pound over time, we will have many weeks and possibly months of sacrifice and focus. With that being said, although understandable, there are some things you should keep in mind that may help you to avoid regaining your weight, as well as keep the time frame as short as possible.
YOU DON’T WANT TO LOSE MUSCLE MASS
Every time you deviate, whether with excess carbohydrates, excess fats, or both, you will experience muscle loss. This is due to our body gathering the energy from both muscle and fat (but, mostly muscle because it is able to be available quicker for the body to use) in order to metabolize and store the carbohydrates for later use.
KEEP YOUR GOAL AT THE FOREFRONT OF YOUR CHOICES
The more you deviate, the harder it will be for you to get back on. I see this over and over again. Then, you start to resent your plan and other people around you. Those behaviors never change, and you will risk regaining all of your weight back and then some because the cravings will return with a vengeance.
DON’T HARM YOUR OVERALL HEALTH
Ketosis is a process that means your body is burning fat for fuel. Ketosis is a normal metabolic process, but if you are constantly stimulating the pancreas’s production of insulin with excess carbohydrates and fats your body will start to store the excess production as fat. In addition, this behavior can actually elevate your cholesterol levels and might lead to other problems, such as hyperlipidemia, atherosclerosis, metabolic syndrome or more.
IS DEVIATING WORTH IT?
I really discourage anyone to deviate from his or her plan, and I understand how hard that is at times, but in the end YOU are worth it. As a coach, I get that there are parties, gatherings, holidays etc. that may come your way, and you might want to participate. Ask yourself “is this really worth losing 2-3 days of fat burning?” If the answer is yes, then do it once, and jump right back on. Otherwise, stay the course, and that feeling will pass.
DEVIATIONS CAN LEAD TO SELF LOATHING
One of the worst repercussions of cheating is the GUILT associated with those choices, besides feeling bloated and gross. When clients cheat with ‘fun foods’ or ‘bad foods’ they feel so badly that I notice they continue on that downward spiral, which leads to self-loathing, and then down a slippery slope. Create foods you can enjoy just as well.