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In Which I’m Actually Losing Weight

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Well, what do you know? It is still possible for me to lose weight. I’ve been losing weight this past week and few days.

Now, I said that I was going to do South Beach, but after a week (minus the weekend) of Phase One, I broke down and decided to switch to modified Paleo instead, because OMFG, I cannot live without fruit, I’m sorry. It isn’t even cravings. It’s just that I can’t deal with a diet that doesn’t let me eat fruit – I’m not keen on that many vegetables. I don’t mind having salads for lunch, and some veggies with my dinner, but breakfasts are a nightmare if I can’t have fruit.

It was either ALL PROTEIN breakfast, or basically lunch for breakfast, and it was driving me insane. So I decided to switch to a modified Paleo diet, which essentially means I’m still eating South Beach, but it’s more just like Phase Two, Paleo, and I don’t chide myself if I get sick like I’ve been since yesterday and have to eat brown bread toast all day because I can’t stomach anything else.

(I’m not even kidding. After lunchtime yesterday, I started getting nauseous. I had plans to make this garlic dip to go with the meatballs Mum had in the fridge, with some of my homemade guac [shut up. Guac goes with everything.] and a side salad, butternut squash fried and parsnip. When Mum started cooking her own meatballs, I started getting nauseous at the smell of the meatballs cooking. I had to fight not to vomit. I’ve been doing that ever since. Today, I’ve eaten two slices of brown bread toast with butter, and a pack of what’s essentially saltine crackers. I’m still feeling nauseous. My head feels like it’s in a vice. I’m pretty sure that’s connected to the nausea.)

But right now, I’m sure it’s gonna pass, and that’s fine. I’m losing weight, and I’m not worried about the nausea, because I know it’s not connected to the actual losing weight part. It’s something I’ve eaten, or it’s something to do with my medications. It’ll pass, and I’ll go back to my normal level of feeling horrible, haha.

However: I’m pretty happy to know that my body’s not totally broken.

What I’m not so happy to know is that, in order to about losing weight, I have to do something as drastic as this. I think I’ve calculated my BMR (basal metabolic rate) so many times online that I’ve actually lost count, and it’s averaged out around 2,600. It’s been anywhere between 2,000-4,800kcal.

I saw this Body Weight Planner in an article on the Huffington Post recently, however, and input all my data, and it said that I basically need to eat less than 1,300 kcal per day to lose weight. Not the usual 2,200kcal that other calculators say I need to eat to lose weight.

I mean, when I started doing Weight Watchers, I ate more food, and I lost weight. Now, I eat more food, and I gain weight – doesn’t matter what kind of food, usually.

But with Paleo/South Beach/Primal/Low Carb/Keto or whatever, my actual bulk of food has gone up (I’m still only eating three meals a day with a snack in between) but I’m eating less calories, but I’m eating more fat, more protein, less carbs…

I don’t get it at all.

I mean, I sort of do. Fat doesn’t make you fat. Carbs make you fat, because an excess of carbohydrate is stored in the body as fat.

But why should the calorie count of my food matter? It never has before. I’m fairly sure that the calorie count of my maxed-out Weight Watchers Points/ProPoints/Points Plus or Core Plan food was probably somewhere in the region of 3,000kcal per day… and I lost mounds of weight at the time.

Right now, however, I’m down about 8lbs.

I’m losing weight.

I’m just going to keep on doing what I’m doing.

And I’m not going to complain, or look a gift horse in the mouth. Screw science, man. My body doesn’t listen to science, apparently. It does its own thing.

Like losing weight only when I fill it with green stuff, apparently.

Go figure.

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3 thoughts on “In Which I’m Actually Losing Weight”

  1. Good luck I hope you continue losing weight. I’m not sure if the UK WW’s Core plan is the same as the Australian WW’s “Filling & Healthy” plan but if so, I recommend it. I find it much less stressful to adhere to – and you can eat fruit and veggies whenever you like. I’ve tried South Beach on a few occasions but it’s just not for me.
    If you decide to try Filling & Healthy there’s a non-official WW Facebook group which has some good ideas regarding meals.

    1. Yeah, the “Filling & Healthy” option is pretty much the newer version of the old Core Plan – there’s a prescribed version of foods that are free or “unlimited”, and you use your weekly points for the rest, essentially? When I was at Weight Watchers the second time around (the first time was before college) there were two girls who attended my class. One girl followed Points; the other followed Core. They reached Goal in a year, and looked amazing.

      The main problem I’m having is… well, I’d love to call it “lack of willpower”, but that’s an excuse. It’s like, I just keep giving up. Points Plus, for whatever reason, just doesn’t work for me – that’s not an excuse, that’s plan truth – when I follow it to the daily Point. So I wouldn’t actually rejoin a WW class again. I tried that last year, and managed a month, and I don’t think I actually lost much. Now that they have their “Your Weight Your Way”, it’s like… wtf, what’s the point? I can do Paleo or Low Carb or whatever at home, and not pay for you to weigh me.

      But at the same time… a meeting keeps me accountable. Having someone else weighing me in makes me that little bit more on-edge, and means I’m less likely to stray.

      I don’t know if that makes any sense? I know it makes sense to me, but trying to explain it in words, it’s just like… nope. It just sounds like I’m a quitter, hah. It’s more like, “My brain is broken, and won’t do what I want it to do.”

  2. Hi! 🙂 The BMR program I linked does actually tell you how many calories you need to maintain, once you get to your desired weight – or how many calories I’d need to maintain my current weight (3,635kcal) – which is why I was really impressed with it. It says that if I want to reach 250lbs by this time next year, I need to cut my intake to 1,300kcal per day, as well as going for a light walk 3xweek, plus swimming 1xweek (exercises per my suggestion). Carbs would make up 30% of my intake. It’s something to ponder, at least…

    Congratulations to you on your loss, too! MFP is a great resource – I used it for quite a while, while I had a piece of body-monitoring fitness equipment. It was an excellent way to keep track of my exercise. 🙂 The food log on it isn’t the best in the UK, for some reason. Because a lot of it is user-input(ted), a lot of the data’s missing, and when I use the barcode scanner, quite a few items from ALDI and Lidl don’t show up at all, so. Ugh. But it’s something, again, to ponder, if/when I ever get my hands on a body monitor again.

    Keep up your good work! 17.5lbs is an excellent weight loss – you must be really proud of yourself. 🙂

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