Tuesday, February 12, 2008

Bad diet news :-(

Bad diet news   

I'm weighing twice a week now, and this morning was my weigh-in and I had GAINED 1.1 pounds.

I am not surprised, but sad.

We went out to dinner the other night and I totally broke my diet at dinner and then we went to a friend's house and I ended up having pie even though I told them at least 6 times that I didn't want any.

To further complicate things, I've added raisins to my diet 3 times a day.  I need to eat them, because nothing else seems to work, but they add extra sugar and make me feel hungry.  :-(

I am going to have to make some adjustments, somehow.  (Don't eat out, don't go to anyone's house, shrink portion sizes smaller.)

Sigh.  :-(


bluerose9062 said...

Don't fret it. You can gain and lose 2 to 3 pounds a day in water weight. Generally you weigh more near the end of the day than at the beginning because of water weight. I tell my clients to weigh only once a week, and in the morning. Make it on the same day and time every week. Restaurants serve salty foods. Make sure you drink 8 eight ounce glasses of water a day to flush it out. Balanced fluid levels make a big difference in weight loss programs. Salt and sugar cause a yo-yo effect on fluid levels because they both cause cell membranes to retain water. When your bloated, your don't feel like drinking water. Then when you get dehydrated, you crave sugar or salt instead of water. A constant intake of water signals the cells to release the excess water, prevents dehydration and cravings, and gives you a feeling of being full if you drink it right before a meal. I suspect the raisons are a result from the restaurant dinner and friend's pie. An interesting thing about raisons is that they are a good source of potasium which helps balance fluid levels. Another reason why you may be craving them. Try avacados, brown rice, garlic, sage, or yams [without brown sugar] instead.

Another thing I tell my clients, is to allow themselves one cheat meal per week. This helps them to not feel so deprived. It also helps them to not want those foods anymore, because they start to notice how sick those foods make them feel after eating healthy for a while. One bad meal a week will not blow a diet. Just make sure you get plenty of water.

There's one stipulation with the cheat meal. You're not allowed to feel guilty about it. Guilt is counterproductive to a successfull diet, and is how eating disorders begin. Guilt is self abuse, and sends a message to your body that you're a failure. This is why another trainer friend of mine refuses to call them cheat meals. He prefers the term free meal.

Whatever you call it, it's healthy for you if you plan for it. You can't stop living life, going out, or visiting friend's. Allow for these times to fit into your schedule, so that your diet is one you can live with. Drink plenty of water before and after, and then go right back to your healthy eating schedule. Don't be sad. You're still doing great.

Mary Stebbins Taitt said...

Thanks, I needed that--I just have to be careful not to have TOO many free meals, LOL! If I start treating myself, I tend to want to do it again! I've been eating much more food lately than I was at first, so I hope I do lose some. I've been weighing twice a week in February and was going to switch to once a week in March.

Weighing every day helps keep me honest. If I weigh once a week I tend to think I can "cheat early int he week and then diet hard later, which is probably not good.

bluerose9062 said...

LOL! Yeah, you don't want to be starving yourself at the end of the week. Do what works best for you, but don't worry about 2-3 lb. fluctuations ;]


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