I Think My Trash Is Speaking To Me…Is Yours?
This Monday morning started off with an astonishing scream from my roommate, Ariana.
There was a roach in our room. Oh no.
Our battle consisted of throwing our shoes, running around the dorm with half straightened hair, looking for a dude willing to crush it for us, and sitting like this for the rest of the week:
(Notice, while she’s sitting on the chair, my hands are shaky, causing the picture to be blurry. Yes, we do admit we are pansies when it comes to roaches!)
Anyway, this scare has led us to be more mindful about taking out our trash, and I receive interesting stares when I take out my trash bag of banana peels, carrot clippings, and yogurt containers, and toss it into a dumpster full of of soda cans, Reese’s wrappers, and McDonald’s bags. I don’t want to start preaching about the eating habits we shouldn’t have; instead, I want to tell you all about one you should have.
Guess what? You dieters might need to eat more.
Yep, you read me right. I see a lot of posts and hear a lot of talk about only eating a few calories a day. You might think this will make you thinner, but honestly, it actually can slow down your metabolism, decrease your chances of remaining on track, and (if you’re like me) will make you VERY irritable!
Calories are energy, and when you don’t eat enough, your thyroid slows down your metabolism to compensate for the lack of energy. It’s a survival instinct. When our bodies aren’t receiving the calories they need, they enter into “starvation mode,” so to speak. Your body knows you aren’t getting enough food, so it tries to hang on to its calories for as long as possible. Yep, that’s right. Your body thinks it’s saving your life, and the zipper on your jeans is screaming in agony.
Many people tell me that they don’t understand why they can’t lose weight, I mean, they don’t even eat breakfast!
I’m being dead serious. Don’t send your body into starvation mode!
Also, don’t think of the way you eat as a “diet.” Diets are not permanent, so neither are their results. If you’re looking for a change that will enhance the rest of your life, you’re going to have to improve your lifestyle. Let’s face it, do you really want to limit yourself to a ridiculously small amount of calories per day? I don’t! Food is my friend. If you’re not satisfied with the way you are eating, you won’t stick with it, and you will never have consistent results. With swimsuit season right around the corner, take these words to heart!
Don’t forget, feeling hungry + tired= ticked off! Fuel your body so you can live and enjoy your day completely.
Now, I’m not giving anybody free reign to go binge and eat ANYTHING. Everybody needs to eat different amounts because of varying sizes and metabolism rates. A good rule of thumb is to cut 500 calories a day. To lose one pound of fat, you have to burn 3,500 calories, and if you cut 500 a day, you can lose about a pound a week. This might be slow going at first, but it’s a much more manageable task than starving yourself! I suggest tracking what you would normally eat in a day, and then cutting 500 calories from that and seeing how that works for you. If your weight isn’t budging, you may have to cut some more, but at least your metabolism won’t be drying up. (Remember, if you exercise a little bit more, you can burn off part of those 500 calories and keep both pieces of bread on your sandwich. Ha! Take that Supermodel Diet!) Even so, be wise about what you are eating too. Your body uses the food you eat to build the cells that determine your entire physique. You literally are what you eat!
What’s your question for this week?
With a completely serious face, I ask you, if a roach were in your dorm room, what would it find in your trash can?
Okay, maybe not a COMPLETELY serious face…