I’ve noticed in my 40′s that my metabolism has slowed. And it wasn’t a gradual thing. It was like an all out sudden slam of the brakes.
(Mammoth Lakes, Duck Pass Hike 2013)
I had gained a little weight when I decided to power lift but, I just figured that went along with the style of training. Maybe a little, but then it kept going up. I mean not like 100 pounds or anything but I’m pretty sure I weighed more than I ever have…even during pregnancy.
So I began to research and found the two things that I really lack. My diet wasn’t terrible. I only eat dessert or sweets occasionally and keep the bread to a minimum.
Are you ready…?
Here they are:
1. Lack of planning
2. Waiting too long between “meals”.
I know from the time I did figure shows, eating every 3 hours maximum was a requirement. But, I forgot why. The main thing with figure and body building diets is to keep the fires burning ALL the time. The only way to do that is give the machine fuel. You don’t wait until your car dies on the freeway to decide to gas it up, at least not on purpose. Why do we do this to our bodies?
So, as I regroup, I know my lack of planning sucks. Two things I hate: shopping and cooking. Great. That’s helpful for planning ahead. So, what I do is make it as easy as possible for myself. I buy easy, clean foods. Apples, berries, almond butter, sliced deli meats or chicken sausage (no nitrates), ground beef, green beans, jicama, nuts, sprouted grain bagels, whole oats…the list goes on. While I do have to bag up, or cut some things- generally it’s all grab and eat. My kind of cooking. This leads to #2. IfI havn’t planned, then I’m unprepared for the next meal and I don’t want to try to think of something to make.
Waiting too long to eat. I’m pretty sure starvation diets only work if you starve A LONG time. And who is going to do that?
In order to burn stored fat, your body needs the fuel and nutrition to run itself. If I decide to eat a nice breakfast at 8 and then oops! forgot to eat again until 3, I’m in starvation mode. So, my body starts reserving the fat it has and burning muscle to survive. Then, I’m SO hungry I stuff whatever n my face I can as fast as I can…ANYTHING will do. So, I’m not really fueling my machine. I’m pouring sugar or alcohol or whatever into my gas tank. Curbing the immediate hunger but not giveing my metabolism anything to work with. Plus, now my body has to work to purify the crap out of it and really can’t be bothered to burn fat, most likely using some of that crap to store a little more fat for further instances of my stupid eating choices.
Let’s wrap this up.
Prepare what you need for at least 3 days in advance. Make it easy on yourself. Use a crock pot, freeze extras, or buy things that you can throw in a container and go. Sometimes it doesn’t work out the way you thought…I usually have a shake on hand or a bar (use sparingly) for emergencies.
Make yourself eat something between 2-3 hours apart, even if your hunger signals aren’t going off. That’s usually a good sign. By the time your stomach is telling you to eat, it’s probably too late and bad choices are about to happen. A handful of nuts and a half of an apple is better than waiting hours and eating a double double burger with animal fries and a shake.
One last thought, if this is new for you, don’t stress about WHAT your eating as much as having a plan and eating SOMETHING at regular intervals.
With Love and Burpees,