In The Truth About Low Calorie Diets And Why They Are Harmful: Part I we covered why eating a low calorie diet is harmful to your health and why it will actually cause you to burn muscle and not fat. And since more muscle means more calories burned you would obviously want to avoid losing more muscle mass. Now, there are few secrets to weight loss but over the last two years I have found the biggest one of them all. No its not eating less carbs, HIIT, watching your fat intake, or anything of the sort…IT’S YOUR METABOLISM.
I define metabolism simply as the way your body breaks down food into fuel and how efficiently your body uses that fuel. Obviously, not everyone’s body breaks that fuel down the same way. Some people have a genetically high metabolism, others have one about as fast as a snail. Since the speed of your metabolism effects how fast your body burns calories, weight loss is 100% about your metabolism and not about what diet you’re on, some new fad that promises instant weight loss, colon cleansers, the new Biggest Loser DVD, P90X etc.
This post really isn’t for those who have a naturally high metabolism. Though I will show you later how to use this to your advantage, I’m really speaking to those affected by a slow metabolism (like me).
Having a slow metabolism is a curse. It’s why you gained the weight and it’s why you struggle to keep it off. And since your body naturally takes longer to convert food into energy, you have a low energy level (duh). Transversely, a low energy level means slow weight loss and also means fast weight gain. I can lose 5 lbs in a week but I can also gain 10 lbs over the same amount of time. Like I said, its a curse. But don’t be discouraged if you are like me. There’s hope.
I wrote in Part I
When you regularly eat too little food to provide your body with the necessary nutrients, it perceives itself to be in danger from starvation. Since your body is wonderfully designed to protect you, it will slow down your metabolism to conserve energy so it can keep vital organs such as the brain and the heart going for as long as possible in the face of the perceived threat. While it will burn fat for fuel, it will also start burning lean muscle mass for fuel, which will slow down your metabolism even further. People on starvation diets invariably find that they regain all the weight they’ve lost (and then some) very quickly as soon as they start eating again.
Breakfast- Coffee with a three egg omelet (2 with yolk, 1 egg white), with mushrooms, green peppers, spinach and two links turkey sausage…throw in a little shredded cheese.
Snack #1- Two more egg whites
Lunch- Whole wheat pasta with a homemade marinara sauce, turkey Italian sausage and loaded with veggies (zucchini, squash, broccoli etc)
Snack #2- High fiber tortilla. (Mission makes a great tortilla with 26 grams of fiber, 200 calories and a good bit of protein. )
Dinner- Turkey burger/chicken/pork roast/small steak with more veggies/ sweet potato. (sometimes Ill just eat a turkey burger, no bun, with broccoli or green beans)
Snack #3 (if needed)- almonds or grapes