Written by Dr. Mark
As we’re just past half way through the 60- Day Turnaround, as someone who has struggled with being overweight for the last decade, I thought I’d use this as a way to vent some frustrations that we face, and hopefully offer some encouragement. The first 60 – Day Turnaround I did awesome lost a bunch of weight, got really close to my first goal of under 200 lbs., but never actually got there but was happy. Fast forward some time, some weight slowly crept back. Here we are again doing the 60 Day Turnaround, doing great again. Dropped weight early on but for the last couple weeks my weight has been very consistent at 205 lbs. I’ve kept to the diet, been working out 4-5 times per week. It might drop 1-2 lbs. one day, but come right back up. The real frustrating thing is that, for me, 5 lbs. really isn’t a big deal. When I wasn’t following any type of healthy diet, I could lose 5 lbs. in a day, no problem. I realize that is water/inflammation weight when it drops that quickly. So the first thing I need to keep reminding myself is that, I must be doing something right because I’m not inflamed to where I can just alter my diet slightly and drop 5 lbs. in a day, that’s just not happening now, which is a good thing.
Second, I have to be looking for the other signs that things are changing, things are improving. With such a strict diet, I need to know and see improvements to help keep me on track. Clothes are fitting better every day. I think I have a whole new wardrobe of options now, and some jeans that are now too baggy. Probably the biggest tell I’ve had is with my belt. When I first started a few years ago I was on the very last hole, and sometimes that was a squeeze. I dropped to the 4th the first time around, but with gaining some weight back, it went back to the 3rd. Well just recently, in the past week, I’ve started using the 5th hole in, which I’ve never used before, but my weight hasn’t changed in 2 weeks.
So the point, its not just the weight. Yes weight can be a good indicator of change, and its pretty easy and convenient to monitor, but there’s a lot more to pay attention to. So be sure to be looking for those other indicators that you’re changing, that you’re improving, that your commitment to you is paying off, and don’t get stuck basing your success or failure on the number on the scale.
If you feel like you’re not seeing any changes, get a BIA done. We usually only do these for people doing the 60-Day Turnaround, but during our Week of Thanks, we’re offering this up to anyone for $15. This test will measure how you’re functioning on cellular level. It’s a simple test, only takes a few minutes in our office. The only semi-difficult thing as that you can’t eat before, so we typically do this first thing in the morning when we open. It will tell us things like body composition (% body fat), intra-cellular (hydration- Good) vs. extra-cellular (inflammation/edema – Bad), and much more. We can then make recommendations on what needs to be done to improve.
Stay committed, don’t be discouraged, and look for the successes in what you’re doing.