I had not realised how yo-yoing can make you gain weight until i read an article about a woman who became very obese because of it. She said she would go on a diet, lose plenty of weight, then she would go back to here old eating ways and regain all the weight, plus more.
I have also read articles on how starving yourself slows down your metabolism as your body tries to hold on to everything you eat. This means that when you eat a lot after having starved yourself, you will not be able to burn it off as you previously could. Your body holds on to this food because it is not sure when it will have its next meal.
I had been in denial about my yo-yoing, but the numbers on the scale will confirm this for me. Of late, I have been going through some days at about 1000 calories, then 2000 the next few days.
I am very aware that my metabolism is very messed up and I need to take control and be very disciplined.
I know my number one enemy at the moment is wine. It used to be potato chips. I would spend all weekend munching on potato chips, but have now managed to either not have any or only have one packet in a week, which is something I never thought possible.
I have been in denial about the impact of wine for a while. In my head, because it is a liquid, it does not count. It’s like water doesn’t count.
But one bottle is 600 calories… two bottles in one day is 1200 calories. I should be having between 1200 and 1500 calories as my daily intake for my weigh loss efforts.
I do most of my drinking on Friday, Saturday and Sunday. I used to have one bottle on Friday, two on Saturday then one on Sunday (forgive me if this sounds like a lot… it would be more if I wasn’t trying to lose weight, to be honest).
But I have decided to skip the Friday night drinking (either that or not eat all day? lol. I joke… or do i?) It will be very difficult for me because it is my reward for surviving the work week.
On Saturday I will only have 1 bottle. This, will also be difficult. I love sipping on a glass on Saturday afternoon as I read or watch t.v.
Unless I have a couple of glasses on Friday, then another couple on Saturday afternoon, before enjoying an evening drink with friends???
I have no problems at all not drinking on Sunday. I never used to. And I can go through the day without it.
I believe wine has played a major role in my lack of results. Other than the extra calories, it also makes me care less about what I eat.
So, this weekend will be my first attempt at a “less wine weekend”. I will try and hide from my friends, in case they tempt me to go out or have a drink up.
Let’s see how it goes.