Losing weight not like you imagined

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WHEN most people imagine themselves on a weight loss diet, they envision it as challenging, requiring self-discipline , and taking time — that is all true.

However, many people also envisage that once they are sticking to their trusted weight loss diet religiously, the excess weight will consistently be lost, with a few plateaus here and there — this is not true.

The reality is not so mathematically beautiful — it is biological, chemical and built on many years of survival.

The imagined graph of a downward slope of varied gradients and a few level points is just that — imagination — and nothing more. The reality consists of walking to the scale after a perfectly planned and executed day of eating, stepping on and seeing anything from a large drop, a gain, a minute drop, or no change at all.

Here is where the greatest complication kicks in and the love-hate relationship with the scale begins. Here is where your mind starts messing with you, using this inconsistency and the increased measurements to get you to do what it wanted you to do all along — get frustrated and rationalise giving up.

There is a perfectly reasonable cause for every gain after a perfectly executed day of eating, that is what we are all designed to do. We all have ancestors who survived decades and centuries of ice ages and famines, despite those experiences of trauma. The only physiological reason any of us is here now, to discuss this, is metabolic adaptation. This is the ability you and all your ancestors have wired into you, all the way down to each and every cell.

Metabolic adaptation

Metabolic adaptation allows our bodies to adjust the rate of utilising ingested energy, stored energy, and essential materials necessary for life-sustaining processes, resulting in a slowing of weight loss, stabilising of your body weight for a period of time, and even retention of electrolytes and water — even to the point of a weight increase.

The next time you step on a scale after a negative calorie day, (where you consume less calories than you expend), and see a half pound increase in your weight, keep calm, think straight and know that you could not possibly have somehow, spontaneously generated 1,750 calories worth of fat from thin air overnight.

Understand that the possible reasons the scale went up are:

• You very likely retained water;

• Your body could easily be going through an adaptive stage;

• If you are a female of menstruating age, your weight can increase significantly, even up to four pounds, during menstruation;

• You are human with a healthy adaptive system.

Other factors, and internal changes may also exasperate these vacillations and plateauing, including medical conditions such as:

• Polycystic ovarian syndrome;

• Hypothyroidism;

• Diabetes;

• Testosterone decline;

• Heart disease;

• Stress;

• Medications such as some steroids, epilepsy medications, antidepressants (talk about a catch 21), blood pressure medications, and insulin.

So, as always, consult your physician.

To deal with these variations, the InteKai system has at its core:

• A unique set of formulas designed to modify your intake to match changes in your adaptive state, keeping the weight loss going for practically everyone who adheres to their meal assignments, content, guidelines, and portion sizes;

• The result of minimising plateauing;

• Options which will not deprive anyone of any essential foods and promotes rounded, healthy, natural eating.

So, should you weigh?

Yes, you absolutely should. Do you need to? No. Some people do just fine without weighing, but if you are like the enormously large majority of people who have had weight issues, know that studies have shown that people who weigh regularly tend to lose weight more consistently and maintain their weight loss within a reasonable range of their mode weight.

For most, failure to journal/monitor your weight, hiding from your changes, invariably will result in weight gain.

InteKai, for example, attempts to make each member realise that healthy eating mindsets and habits are more important than any given number on the scale. Check daily, if you can, but remember that while daily weights may teach us lessons about our actions and reactions, weekly and even two-week averages are many times more important in identifying actual change and the true results of your consistent, steady, positive, life-changing efforts.


Fitz-George Rattray is the director of Intekai Academy, which is focused on helping people live a healthy lifestyle through nutrition and weight management. If you are interested in losing weight or living a healthier lifestyle, give them a call at 876-863-5923, or visit their website at intekaiacademy.org

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