Thursday, 28 February 2013
Why do the metabolism gods punish me when I lose weight?
In a similar fashion, the number of calories that I need to lose weight are now 1,640 per day - - it used to be 1,900+. In other words, I can eat less, and I get less credit for my workouts. Pooh on that. That is no fun at all.
I understand exactly why this is happening, and it is all for good reasons. It only stands to reason that a lighter body requires less fuel every day than a heavier body - - there's less to cart around, after all. The same principle applies for the calories expended during exercise - - a heavier person burns more calories than a lighter one because a heavier person is carrying more mass and must overcome more resistance than a lighter person.
But that doesn't make it fun. I feel like I am working harder than ever, and getting less credit for it. Boo! I feel ripped off!
On the good side, as I lose weight I am noticing that I get full faster. Perhaps after 13 months my body is finally adjusting to my new and improved lifestyle. I don't need as much food now (relatively speaking), and I cannot comfortably eat as much as I used to, so I don't feel as deprived as I would otherwise.
Tomorrow's big weigh in will be interesting, where I see if I have maintained (or even improved) on my big milestone loss, or whether I have let the weight creep back. Plus, it's measurement time, being the end of the month and all. Fingers crossed!