Monday, May 7, 2007

The Low-Carb Whoosh Fairy

When you've been faithful to your low-carb diet and done everything "by the book", it's often difficult to watch the scales not budge -- even a tenth of a pound. You pray for the Low-Carb Whoosh Fairy to pay you a visit, but is the Whoosh Fairy even real?

Why Weight Loss Isn't Linear


Under normal conditions, fat cells contain around 90% triglycerides. Triglycerides is simply the storage form of fat. The other 10% is composed of a variety of other things. A small portion of those other things is water. After fat cells empty out their triglycerides through low-carb dieting, the body temporarily replaces that metabolized fat with water. It does that for a couple of reasons.

Sometimes, the amount of water lost during Induction is perceived by the body to be dehydration, so the empty fat cells are used to store extra water. Sometimes, if you have a history of yo-yo dieting, the body will stuff water into your fat cells rather than shrink them. It does that in preparation for additional calories coming in. Whatever the exact reason is, eventually the body will dump the excess water and you'll be able to see your accurate weight loss.

This is why we can do everything right for weeks at a time yet have no weight loss show up on the scale. Then all of a sudden, the body sheds quite a bit of weight almost overnight. It's that whoosh that often follows what appears to be a stall.

Yes, the Whoosh Fairy is Real!


So yeah, the Whoosh Fairy is real. But it can be quite difficult waiting for her to arrive. Especially if you insist on keeping a dieting type of mindset. With a diet mindset, you are either "on" or "off" of a diet, and this type of thinking sets you up for failure. Why? Because if you believe you are on a diet, rather than embarking on a change in lifestyle, you are likely to allow unrealistic expectations, as well as the numbers on the scale, to govern your mood, your attitude, and even whether or not you continue with your diet.

When you chuck the dieting mind-set, there is no going off of your diet, because you were never on a diet to begin with. You can relax about the whole dieting issue, enjoy the food and lifestyle you are now living, the better health, the non-hunger, and all the other perks that come with a low-carb lifestyle. You can just allow your body to set the weight-loss pace. Rushing into vanity isn't going to get you to your goal any faster. Vanity is only going to make the journey more miserable.

So yeah, expect the Whoosh Fairy to show up...sometime. But don't allow her delay to bring misery and failure. Live up to your Commitment --

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