Random Thoughts on My Food and The Biggest Loser

I’m avoiding cleaning floors…. so, I’ll blog a minute…
For the first time in a LONG time, or like ever in my health history, I wouldn’t mind posting my food because I’m actually making decent choices on a regular basis.  
I’m so proud of that fact.  Because I have nothing to hide.  I’m sticking to a healthy eating plan and it’s working.  AND I’m not starving myself or feel like I’m so restricted in my food. 
I mentioned to someone, I’m not restricting, just restructuring what I eat.  A lot of how I am eating now is how I was eating at maintenance, except I’m making even healthier choices than I did then.  
But one concern I had when starting Weight Watchers is I’d fall into a “diet” lifestyle and end up like the contestants in this article about The Biggest Loser. 
In the past, I never worried about screwing up my metabolism because it took me almost 3 years to lose 70 pounds.  However, now that I’m on a healthy eating plan and losing weight steadily (-9.2 lbs in 4 weeks) I’m starting to feel a little concerned if I’ll screw up my metabolism.
Two things make me think I’m fine: 

  1. I’m not starving.
  2. I’m only walking for exercise with some BodyPump classes once or twice a week.
There is nothing extreme going on in my life.  
Periodically I’ll transfer my food diary into My Fitness Pal to see where I’m at calorically and it’s been about 1500 and my macros are dead on.   I put in yesterdays diet and it was on the lower end of things, but I wasn’t hungry beyond what I ate.  Plus, once a week we eat out and I definitely have my higher calorie days.  I am eating everything allowed on the plan calorie wise.  
So, I think I’m fine.  I sent a note to a health professional I follow to ask her opinion on the subject and I’ll report back when I hear something.  She preaches exactly what the report of TBL contenstants found out — extreme dieting and high exercise calorie burn will mess up your metabolism and that’s going to cause worse problems than gaining back the weight. 
Anyway, those are my thoughts on health today.  I’m going to keep doing what I’m doing, because I think I’m fine.  I don’t eat super “clean”, but I am eating healthier portions and making good food choices again.

One more thought… (I was sweeping and decided this needs to be added)

On more than one occasion I used the excuse of “I don’t want to ruin my metabolism, so I’m not going on a diet.” to not start,well..a diet.  However, I also didn’t start simply cutting back a little to see my weight get to a healthier place again.

So, for me I think I’m overthinking too much and I’m doing just fine following Weight Watchers and getting to a healthier place.  My local WW buddy and I have agreed that if we have to starve ourselves to reach the highest “healthy” weight WW has in place for each of us we are not doing that.  And another friend promised if she sees me fall into starvation (better known as “Such a good dieter!!”) mentality that she will speak up.

It’s never happened before, so I don’t see it happening again, but just in case…

Okay, I think that’s all for now.  Red beans and rice are simmering and I need to finish the floors.  Sigh…. lol 

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One Response to Random Thoughts on My Food and The Biggest Loser

  1. Rachel rbs says:

    You've got a very healthy attitude and approach – keep it up!

    Like

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