For me the biggest dieting challenge does not involve food or eating, its exercising patience. Last week I outlined my plan for getting faster and looking better on race day by getting leaner and loosing my overly round mid-section(here). After allot of research, I theoretically knew what I had to do to slim down. The plan focused on sound understandings of the workings of the body and not fad diets and fad weight loss solutions, instead on proper eating based on numerous biometric factors paired with activity output. With a plan in place all I could do then was follow the plan and see where things go.
I am a huge fan of immediate gratification. I want to know ‘now’,this instant, that things are working. But proper eating and dieting does not work like that. Taking daily weight can drive one mad as the body routinely fluctuates because of so many different factors its dizzying to comprehend. Proper eating involves allot of faith that the reasoning is sound and that the results will eventually present themselves. But the results take time to become noticeable, sometimes taking weeks.
This means the only true way to diet, involves laying down a plan and sticking with it for at least a month. Frequent progress gives data, but should not be acted on immediately. The body is too complex to try and micromanage a proper diet. This is the part that is hardest for me, the waiting. I keep track of all nuances so I can adjust and adapt my plan, but only after several weeks and maybe even months. Of course I want to know now if things are working, but I know I have to trust the research I have done and rely on results to manifest.
The hardest part of my current diet is the odd direction, almost counter intuitive direction, my caloric intake has taken. Unlike most dieting strategies which involve removing and reducing calories I am increasing calories. Based on my research, the body needs a set number of calories or it panics and slows down, causing weight loss to stall. This is where I have been for the past several months and it appears the solution is to eat a better range of calories calculated on my activity level (often two a day work outs or very intense and strenuous). This is requiring allot of faith on my part currently. It seems so strange to strive for such a high range of calories and expect my body to respond by loosing weight. I am still creating a deficit, its just not as large. My workouts lately can burn somewhere between 1000-2000 calories or more in a day. This is where the dilemma sets in, I need more calories to reduce the deficit to get the body to loose more weight than it would loose with the larger deficit. That is my understanding based on my research I have done and at this point it requires some faith that it will work and that after a month I will see results.
It all boils down to faith and patience in my research and understanding of physical anatomy and exercise science. Both topics I am not formerly trained, but for which I have researched and sifted to understand how they work to be most efficient in my training and my diet. Now I just have to log the data, eat the food and practice what I set in motion and wait…. and wait…. til I have waited long enough to be able to make sound decisions with a stable body of results to act on, then I can adjust and start all over again… For now I wait.
Til next time.
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