As of today, I have been on this nutrition plan for 9 days. If you’ve been paying close attention, you may have noticed that my weight was 161.4 on Saturday, and yesterday it was 162.0. Well, this morning, it was 162.4 – so I’ve been thinking about that – and let me just say, I’m not flipping out about it or anything because I think this is partly just something that is bound to happen when one weighs him/herself daily. Particularly for women, there can be fluctuations due to water retention and stuff like that, so at first I was just like – whatever – I’ve lost 5.8 pounds and I’m dropping inches and body fat, AND its only been a week. But then, when I saw that it had crept up a bit more this morning, I started to really think about what I’ve been doing.
I have not cheated at all – I haven’t eaten or drank one thing that isn’t part of the plan. I have been following it to the letter, except for ONE THING – I changed up the timing of my meals, and I think that might be where I’ve gone wrong.
So, as I explained in the first post, the way this plan works is, I eat 5 pre-prepared meals, plus one lean and green meal that I prepare myself, every three hours – the first meal of the day is supposed to be within half an hour to an hour of waking up, and then every three hours after that. I haven’t been doing that. I quickly realized when I started this, that I’m not very hungry for the first couple of hours in the morning, and I’m also not hungry in the evening. So, I got the brilliant idea that I would wait to have my first meal in the morning until I felt hungry and then cram them all into the time between about 7am and 5pm. So that meant that I was sometimes eating every 1 – 2 hours at certain points of the day instead of every 3, and I think that might be messing with a key aspect of this phase of the nutrition plan, which is ketosis.
I’m no expert on the subject by any means, but in a nutshell, ketosis is a normal metabolic state in which the body burns fat for fuel. This plan is designed to put me into a mild state of ketosis, and that is what is responsible for the rapid results and the loss of body fat. The way that a state of ketosis is induced in the human body is basically by limiting the carbohydrate available for the body to burn. As long as carbohydrate is available, the body will convert that to glucose and use that for energy – as that is the body’s preferred fuel. In the absence of carbohydrate, the body will turn to stored fat, and burn that for fuel instead, which is what we want at this point. We are all about the fat burn right now. So – I’m thinking maybe, that by pretty much continuously putting food in my face between 7am and 5pm, I might have been limiting the time that my body was actually spending in ketosis. Make sense? (or, I could be totally wrong – I’m just theorizing here)
I will say that, when I decided to change the timing of my meals, my husband/coach did try to tell me that it would screw up the plan to a certain extent. And, I guess the one problem with my husband being my coach is that I don’t always listen to him when I should. (sorry, honey) Of course, over time, the weight loss would occur anyway simply due to the calorie restriction, but it would be slower and less effective without the magic of ketosis. (It’s not really magic – its science – but I like to call it magic) 🙂
So – today, I did it properly – I did not eat anything today that I haven’t eaten before, so no photos/descriptions. I had that delicious caramel bar at 5:30, a mint chocolate crisp bar at 8:30, a strawberry shake at 11:30, a buttermilk and cheddar biscuit at 2:30 and my lean and green, which was 5oz of pork with steamed spinach and tomatoes at 5:30. So I still have one more meal to eat today at 8:30 – I’ll probably just grab another bar because I have a lot of studying to do. (I LOVE that this plan has the flexibility of being able to grab a bar when I’m busy, but also to make other stuff, like a biscuit or a brownie, or soup when I have time – the variety and convenience is really nice)
We will see where I’m at tomorrow, and if my theory is right, but no matter what my weight is in the morning, from now on, I promise to stick with the plan exactly!