Lisa March 17, 2013 at 9:11 am
I’m very interested in this next round of posts. Why is it that all of these presumably healthy eaters and exercisers (like me) are still overweight? I completely overhauled my eating, went from no exercise to daily workouts, expend more than I take in – I’m 45 and the scale hasn’t budged after 2months. Not even phantom weight loss. I’m not on a diet, I’m on a lifestyle change. Yes, I feel better. But I’ve fought the weight battle my whole life and I want to SEE my body change. So I’m looking forward to some answers. I’m very discouraged at this point. I feel like no one knows what they’re talking about and we have to accept that what we are is what we are……
Konstantin Monastyrsky March 17, 2013 at 4:11 pm
The answer to this question is very simple — you consume more nutrients than your body can utilize for energy and structural metabolism. THERE ARE NO OTHER CAUSES, period, except in people with pronounced edema (water retention). For people, whose bodies are very efficient, a near-permanent reduced calorie diet is the only way to break out from this logjam. And, yes, I will address this phenomenon in the future post in much greater detail.
I know this quite well from the first hand experience — my body happens to be incredibly efficient because I am a compact man (5’7″) with a low-impact lifestyle, minimal expectations (this keeps my emotions in check), and a “meditative” intellect — I only work well in a primarily semi-conscious, almost sleepy/dreamy state.
The last two factors — emotional states and intellectual activities — are huge consumers of energy. This explains why so many active scientists are usually normal-weight despite their often prodigious diet.
Back to my body: I live on two small meals a day, usually under 1,500 calories, and that’s the only way I can keep my weight under control. If I need to lose weight, I have to go down to 1100-1200 calories for a considerable stretch of time.
Now, back to your dilemma: women’s bodies, particularly close to menopause, are even more efficient than men’s, and this is particularly pronounced in women who aren’t tall. The taller you, the easier it is to lose weight, and, vice-versa — the shorter you are, you gain the fastest, and lose — the hardest.
But eating so little and for a long period of time is easier said than done because all very low calorie diet comes with a list of 30 to 40 challenges and side effects that I will tackle one by one in the future posts.
So, please stay tuned!