I recently wrote about being somewhat frustrated at the pace of my weight loss in recent months. It turns out it might actually just be the way things roll the longer one is playing the losing game. One of my MFP pals (rocking it, Jarvis) sent me an article after I wrote the above-mentioned post, which depressed me in one breath, solved the mystery in the next, and ultimately tried to end the next breath with some “good” news. To sum the article up in Clem’s Notes terms (Clem is Cliff’s dumber and ADD-riddled brother), the 3500-calorie rule does not always apply the longer you’ve been calorizing.
The old way, quoting the above article:
Since there are 3,500 calories in a pound of body fat, eating 500 fewer calories each day – or burning them off exercising – will lead to a slow and steady weight loss of a pound a week. (The math: 500 x 7 days = 3,500)
That’s fine and dandy in the beginning… but as you lose weight your metabolism changes and ultimately it’s your metabolism that determines the rate of weight loss.
As the body slims down, metabolism slows, causing it to burn fewer calories at rest. A smaller body also burns fewer calories during exercise. The net result: a sluggish rate of weight loss that can frustrate
dieterscalorizers and cause them to abandon their plan.
I’m pretty much guessing that nearly 3 years of calorizing would put me in that slows down category. Which is depressing to know that I can’t just rely on 500 fewer calories per day losing me 1 pound of fat at the end of that week. On the upside, the article also goes on to say that if one keeps following the “plan,” they will eventually get to where they want to be… just at a slower pace.
Kind of like the tortoise and the hare, except that if the tortoise was calorizing. It’s interesting to learn this information… and while it did get me a bit down at first, I’m falling back on my whole point in the first place… this is a lifestyle change… not a race. It at least solves the mystery of why I haven’t been losing as fast as I had been in the beginning… despite preplanning my meals, weighing everything I put into my mouth down to the milligram, and exercising at least 4 to 5 days a week for the last few months. Patience, grasshopper… patience.
I’m out… off to find an article that tells me I can become a billionaire if I follow “the plan.”
Question of the Day: I’m finding it more beneficial to focus on the nonscale victories (NSVs), rather than what the scale says… what was your latest NSV?