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Meta / Question about fat loss per week
« on: March 21, 2012, 05:38:53 AM »
I've been moving slowly into this way of eating since Dec. 2011.  Each step has been helping me feel better and better.  Now I'm at a point where the weight is dropping off.  No complaints.  I feel great and I intend on just keeping on and letting my body find the weight where it is happy (although the ideal weight in my head is 35 pounds away, for reference).  I don't know if I'm in ketosis.  I do have a piece of fruit each day - apple or 1/2 a banana, but mostly just eating a lot of vegetables for my carbs.  Also, I've always been a big water drinker so I'm not sure that the weight I'm dropping is water weight.  Time will tell, I guess.

My question is about fat loss.  I have always read that, beyond the initial water weight loss, it isn't possible to lose more that 2 pounds of fat a in a week.  "They" say that anything beyond a 2 pound loss in a week is muscle loss.  So much about eating this way has turned the things I was always told about healthy eating on its head. Is this 2 pound weight loss rule-of-thumb true for those of us that have our metabolism to run on fat instead of carbs?

I feel like I'm on track regardless, but if the weight loss keeps up like this and I'm losing muscle I'd like to know so I can tweak things if need be.

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Introductions / Hello from a slow starter in Western NY
« on: March 02, 2012, 05:26:20 PM »
Hi I'm Elaine.  I'm very happy to have found this forum.  I could really use some guidance and encouragement. 

Some history:  Last November I found out I'd hit early menopause.  I have a 3 year old son. I was sad that I wouldn't have any more kids, but my biggest issue was that I knew that a women's hormones protect her from things like heart disease until about 10 years after menopause.  I figured my son would be through college before I'd have to worry about 'getting serious' about that kind of thing.  Now that time frame was more like when my son will be in middle school!  It was quite a wake up call. 

There is a lot of heart disease and Type 2 diabetes on my Dad's side of the gene pool and Alzheimer's on my Mom's side.  I knew that all of these diseases are connected to inflammation. I'd been noticing more general inflammation in my body.  I'm about 35 - 40 pounds over my ideal weight.  But part of what got me this heavy was trying to lose weight, so I didn't want to trigger any old food issues by getting too militant with myself.  Mostly, I just wanted to make healthy changes to be able to stick around and enjoy this kid of mine as long as possible.  Researching inflammation and diet got my attention on eating paleo.

So rather abruptly and without much of a plan, I gave up grains and legumes on Dec. 1, 2011 as an experiment. I kept eating sugar because it was the holidays.  As time has gone on I've cut down the sugar more and more.   I felt wonderful without grains in my system.  What I thought was cellulite in my legs and face was actually inflammation.  My joints feel better.  I actually sleep through the night, something I'd pretty much given up on.  Getting from point A to point B is no longer a chore.  I actually like moving again!  A few weeks ago I tested myself at a church pancake dinner and paid the price.  All my hip muscle pain and ITB syndrome (pain down the outside of my leg from hip to knee) came back.  So now I know for sure - I'm out.  No more grains.   And - this is a real first - I'm not really even tempted by any of it (as long as I can have a little dark chocolate).

But now that my brain isn't foggy and my inflammation is gone, I can really feel all this extra weight.  I have actually gained 2 pounds since starting all of this.  I'd like to take the lifestyle change a step further so that my body can get rid of this excess weight (if that is even possible while going through menopause). Because I started all of this without much of a plan, I've continued to eat sugar and dairy.  I've been eating potatoes and yams here and there.  I still have my red wine a few times a week.  And I have not really been exercising.  I haven't really switched my family over.  My son's food repertoire is expanding a little at a time, but he doesn't like the texture of meat. My meal plans aren't tempting enough to get dh on board.  Every time I start to go through the carb flu thing I cave and eat a potato.  I'm not really even eating paleo yet, I guess.  But I'm ready to take it the rest of the way.

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