Lose Body Fat or Lose Weight? 8

Posted on June 25th, 2010 by Mic in Female Fitness Resources

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Hi,

This is part 8 of the lose body fat or lose weight series. If you missed any of the other posts, just check them out under the archives section.

Last time we talked about diet and how what you ate and how much influenced your hormones.

One thing I forgot to mention was that you can not try and make immediate and drastic changes to your diet.

Even if you are changing from a unhealthy diet to a healthy diet.

If you make drastic changes you are setting yourself up for disaster.

Your body likes to maintain homeostasis, which means “the same old, same old”.

It likes the same old way of doing things. Anytime you try and upset the apple cart it will resist.

Remember the checks and balances system that your homonal system has. Well, this checks and balances affects everything you do to your body.

So making a drastic change means the body will counter those changes. This plays havoc with your system and your life.

So, instead of trying to drop 1000 calories and day and eat only steak instead of pizza every day, you need to make slower changes.

Drop your calories a few hundred a day. Eat a little more protein and a little less carbs.

Instead of chips for a snack have an apple or a pear, or some mixed nuts.

Keep doing this over a period of time – like a few months – and within that time your will have changed from an unhealthy diet to a healthy diet.

And it will have been so gradual you almost don’t even know it. Then when you do reach your fat loss goals don’t stop.

This is one thing that screws up people’s permanent weight and fat loss goals.

You need time to adjust to your new levels. Most people once they reach their goals stop trying and guess what happens. Their weight shoots right back up.

The reason for this is that your body and mind have not adjusted to the new you.

You have to make the new you a habit.

Now most people think a new habit takes 21 days to form. I don’t think that is accurate. I even did a lot of research to see what that was based upon. Couldn’t find any.

But, I did find something interesting. This came from a study on astronauts. Since astronauts spend a lot of time in a non gravity environment which includes being upside down, sometimes they get disorientated.

So the study made these astronauts wear glasses that inverted images. Even though the study was conducted in a gravity situation the glasses made everything seem upside down.

They kept these glasses on 24-7. A funny and totally unexpected thing happened to every single astronaut in the study.

After the 34-36th day everyone -with the glasses still on – reinverted the images so that now the images were right side up.

In other words it took the body and mind that long to make the abnormal appear normal again.

So, it seems to me, that it will take you 34-36 days for your body to accept the new normal you. To date there is no “proof” of this, but it just makes sense to me.

That means that once you reach your ideal fat loss goals, you need to continue doing whatever you were doing to maintain that for let’s just say another 36 days.

After that your routine will be a normal habit. Your eating habits and exercise habits will be part of your new lifestyle.

It will actually be hard for you to gain the weight and fat back that you lost.

If you have lost body fat of lost weight, you want to make sure you keep it off. So don’t congratulate yourself when you reach your goal.

Make sure you continue what you were doing to maintain it for another 36 days. Then you will make sure that your attempts to lose body fat or lose weight will be permanent.

Okay, I promise I will get to the exercise system in the next post.

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