What is it about weight loss that is so terribly difficult? Some may suggest that it is a matter of discipline. While I agree that discipline is an important factor in weight loss, I also believe that if a person really understands the process of weight loss he can develop the discipline.
Sometimes when we understand the whys and wherefores of something it is much easier to do that thing. For example, if you had a plumbing job to do, but knew nothing of plumbing you might procrastinate all day. You might even spend a lot of time reading or trying to understand how to do the job than actually attempting to do it. That would be not be the most efficient use of time and you might not even WANT to do it.
However, if you were a master plumber you might knock that job out quickly before you even bothered to eat breakfast. The difference is in the level of knowledge and experience. With knowledge, motivation is easier to come by. With experience, you have the confidence to actually do the job or the work at hand.
Is it the same principle when it comes to weight loss ? I believe it is very similar. Many people spend hundreds of dollars a month to pay someone to ‘coach’ them to lose weight. This is much like you might pay a plumber to do a job that you have no idea how to do yourself.
However, weight loss is probably not as difficult as plumbing, when you know how. In my opinion there are just a few concepts that one needs to be aware of when attempting to lose weight.
One is how the body treats carbohydrates. I like to call this the liver sand bucket principle. When the sand bucket is full, the sand overlfows past the boundaries of the bucket.
The liver is much the same. It stores glycogen, the short term glucose supply for the body. When the storage is full, the body will make fat out of the excess. When trying to lose weight, it only makes sense that you would want to avoid this situation.
There are several ways to go about this. For example, if you were going to eat six meals in a day. (Yes eating more frequently actually helps with weight loss) You might split those meals up so that they had different focuses. Perhaps four of the meals would focus on leafy green vegetables and protein. And perhaps the other two meals would focus on carbohydrates.
In trying to avoid the sand box overflow, you might eat the meals in this fashion:
Morning: 1 Carbohydrate meal (after exercising is even better)
2 or 3 hours later – 1 protein meal
2 or 3 hours later – 1 primarily protein meal
2 or 3 hours later 1 primarily protein meal
2 or 3 hours later 1 primarily carbohydrate meal.
2 or 3 hours later 1 protein meal
As you can see, you have effectively put a longer period of time between the two carbohydrate meals. This gives the liver some time to use up its glycogen storage so that it has room to store more without ‘overflowing’.
Another method to deal with this is to eat small amounts of carbs at every meal. (not enough to overflow your ‘sandbox’)
You have to be careful not to mix too many carbs and fats, that is weight gain waiting to happen.
Yet, fats are good and it is best to consume them with protein. Fats that contain the essential fatty acids can actually help you to lose weight.
Confused? I hope not. Just think of the liver as a sand bucket of carbohydrates. Don’t let your sand bucket overflow.
Aerobic exercise is used to deplete your sand bucket. When the sand bucket is temporarily depleted the body will switch to burning fat instead. And if you are trying to lose weight, this is exactly what you want.
Consult with your physician before changing your diet or level of exercise. They can evaluate your personal risk factors that may enter into the equation.
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Dave writes for http://tobeinformed.com/Weight-Loss . You can read more on weight loss there.