Monday, May 7, 2007

The Low-Carb Whoosh Fairy

Child Dressed Up Like a Fairy, Waiting . . .
Is the Low-Carb Whoosh Fairy Real?

When you've been faithful to your low-carb diet and you've done everything "by the book", it can be difficult to watch the scales not budge -- even a tenth of a pound. People at low-carb forums and blogs tell you to be patient, that the Low-Carb Whoosh Fairy will pay you a visit soon. 

You just need to have a little faith. 

With no where else to turn, you spend the hours praying for the Low-Carb Whoosh Fairy to pay you a visit, but it's taking so long that you've begun to wonder if you're just wasting your time. Should you keep doing what you're doing and give your low-carb diet a little more time to work? Or should you chuck it all and turn to something else instead?

Is the Whoosh Fairy even real? Or is it all in your head?

Why Weight Loss Isn't Linear

Under normal conditions, fat cells contain around 90% triglycerides. Triglycerides are simply the storage form of fat. The other 10% of your fat cells is composed of a variety of other things, but mostly glycerin. A small portion of those other things is water. After your fat cells empty out their triglycerides due to carbohydrate restriction, the body temporarily replaces that metabolized fat with water. 

It does that for a couple of reasons.

Sometimes, the amount of water lost during Atkins Induction is perceived by the body to be dehydration. In that case, the empty fat cells are used to store water. If you have a history of yo-yo dieting, the body will quickly stuff water into your fat cells, so it doesn't have to shrink them. It does that because it anticipates that additional calories will be coming in soon, and the body always takes the easiest path. 

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 several pounds 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 mindset. With a diet mindset, you are either "on" or "off" of a diet, and this type of thinking sets you up for failure. 

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, attitude, and even whether or not you continue with your low-carb diet.

When you chuck the dieting mind-set, there is no going off of your low-carb diet, because you were never on a diet to begin with.

You can relax about the whole weight loss issue, enjoy the new low-carb food and energetic lifestyle you are now living, the better health, the non-hunger, and all of the other perks that come with a low-carb lifestyle.

It's always best to allow your body to set the weight-loss pace because rushing head-first into vanity isn't going to get you to your weight-loss 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 into your life. Make it a point to live up to your commitment. Tell yourself that quitting isn't an option. You can do this.

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