After about a month of being on this journey. I was rewarded with a big success in weight loss. I had lost 18 pounds and I was feeling great. Nothing was going to derail this train…..Nothing!
However, after that initial success the weight loss clock came to a screeching halt. I couldn’t figure out why this was happening. I hadn’t changed my diet at all, I was working out at the gym, doing everything I could to keep the weight off.
I started trying to lower my calorie intake to help make the pounds drop off. I would skip a meal because I was always trained the less you eat the more you’ll lose. I quickly found out that this wasn’t only wrong but harmful. A couple of days I would feel light headed by dinner, and just wasn’t my old new self.
What I found out was just the opposite. Your body will go into starvation mode when it doesn’t get enough nutrients during the day. When you eat less or skip meals the body thinks it is starving. So what it does to combat that is hold onto the fat as a self defense mechanism.
So what I started doing was eating more vegetables with meals. I always make twice as many vegetables as protein and starch. Make sure to leave the table full….just full of the right things. I now always leave time in the morning for breakfast. Even if it is a yogurt it is something to start the day off right.
Since starting this second phase of the journey I have lost another seven pounds. The weight will drop off you just have to stick with it. Don’t get frustrated if the scale stalls for a couple weeks.
I have now lost a total of 25 pounds in a little under two months. I have a little over a month to go before our trip to Walt Disney World. So I hope the clock doesn’t stop too many more times.
Remember…..There’s always room for one more……serving of vegetables!