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June 12, 2014 at 10:25 am in reply to: where are those that have stuck w the program for over 1 year? #16630
To add to the testimonials and my previous post above I’ve dropped another 7lbs magically in about a week, eating to appetite and the usual stuff, plenty of carbs esp. for breakfast.
I’ve done a few days of hard work fencing and moving cattle, but also bought chinese food one day and pretty much feasted on another.
It works, and feeling as though you have carte blanche to eat what you like guilt-free actually helps you to eat what you need at any given time. Importantly, without restrictions you really learn to read your body’s signals, the only guidance we really need.
Like right now, I’m off for a snack.
I meant to add that I have read that weight gain in 3rd trimester is the only time outside of adolescence when a woman lays down more fat cells, not just shrinking/ swelling the ones she already has. therefore there already does seem to be something different about pregnancy weight gain/ loss.
Hi Usually people get morning sickness from day 1 so the gorge now- puke later theory probably doesn’t hold. As the others have said definitely do eat when hungry, and bear in mind that weight gain is inevitable and it’s probably the only time when you’re socially “allowed” to gain weight :) But be prepared for well meaning friends to constantly comment on your size- so annoying!
but do it intuitively, like when you said you felt like stopping, then aim to do so, not aim for a number- have fun!
I say run if you want to and if you get a kick out of it. Why shouldn’t you?
If you also have issues around food then it will be hard to resolve them whilst also denying yourself your passion, as you say. It sounds as though restricting is your problem, so I can’t see (from a logical POV which may not actually be the best approach….) how restricting something you enjoy will help your state of mind at all, or help you stop restricting food.
A bit late to reply but my advice to James Smith is to pump milk, refrigerate it and use that, free and ideally suited to your own infant and it will change as their needs do. This ought to be especially easy for you since you indicate that you are already breastfeeding.
good for you.
Also this is discussed in this thread
where are those that have stuck w the program for over 1 year?
“skinny bacteria” lolApril 25, 2014 at 8:42 am in reply to: where are those that have stuck w the program for over 1 year? #16228
For the doubters:
I have followed Matt’s advice for almost a year, and I have now lost weight. I have lost about 15 pounds since January. I started eating richer foods because I was breastfeeding, and trying to eat “healthily” to lose baby weight had left me with a low metabolism made worse by the breastfeeding.
My appetite has gradually decreased without me restricting anything.Significantly so since weaning my son about a month ago. My temperature is also insane. I have lost my thermometer so can’t quote you, but after a year I just know.
After a month of eating for heat I grew an extra hairline. that’s about 5 inches long now and I have just started a new extra hairline which is about an inch long. I am worried I will end up like chewbacca from star wars.
I gained weight by eating more, about 30 pounds but I have lost half that already. I fit better into the clothes that I started EFH with, even though I weigh about 15 pounds more. Pregnancy added about 30 pounds total, which didn’t budge, so my weight now is 45 pounds over my pre-pregnancy weight. I don’t expect or want to lose all of that, but I think up to another 30 is possible. I have started to ignore weight or size and just look at the fit of my clothes. Also, whilst standing on a chair recently my partner groped my bottom and said “are you clenching your bum muscles” but I wasn’t, so I think that is a good indication that my muscle quality is up.
I will try to post pictures but I’m not sure how to. Any ideas?
My experience is largely to do with my pregnancy and 16 months of breastfeeding so it won’t ring true for everyone, but cutting calories and exercising on top of 500plus calories on breastfeeding (and drinking endless water as per the advice as if it turns straight into milk!!?) equates to a heavily restricted diet.
Yes and I also read a recent article in the Guardian, a serious UK newspaper, about saturated fat not being so evil after all.
TinaT: rinse just means to completely exploit your source, as if you needed to rinse the container to get the last bit out.
In UK we also use it to talk about good music, like rinsing tunes, or rinsing out your bass bins, I suppose it just means that something is excessive.
But back to the EFH stuff, I have read peoples’ views (on this forum but can’t recall where) that once you start eating properly, if you have been restrictive, you basically go through a period of weight gain no matter what you do, and the “to excess” mentality just speeds up that process. One post said they were adding loads of sugar to some sort of gelatine drink to take in calories. To me this sounds crazy, but the idea here is to reach this maximum weight as quick as possible before you come down. My approach is just to go with appetite and body cues, ie. if something makes me feel sick, I don’t eat it.
What I have personally found is that overcoming cravings for problem foods has been easy because I know there are so many rich, tempting and calorific foods which don’t cause digestive problems and that I am free to eat. Funnily enough these safe foods don’t seem to cause me the sort of cravings I used to experience so overall, and without any restriction, I consume less, and fully enjoy what I do consume.
It sounds like Dove has a similar experience and I’m sure there are others. I do think that the PUFA element is the single most important element of EFH to get right for you. What I am looking in to next is the seasonal variation in fat availability and quality and how this effects people, I think Matt has posted on this somewhere (though the site has changed a lot recently), but essentially, the availability of foods is seasonal and linked to location, and perhaps optimal food choices would reflect this.
I disagree with the “everything in moderation” idea. If I made a mantra it would be “rinse it until you get sick”.
I have been following Matt’s advice for about 9 months to great success. First off I upped my calories in easy ways, like drinking milk instead of water, having an extra meal. In general I was eating healthy foods and not junky foods, but with no taboo on any food, except quinoa. I packed on a lot of weight eating home made cheesecake and really saw my temperature rise. I’ve just survived a Welsh winter mostly with thin socks, sometimes no socks! This is a real achievement.
After the cheesecake phase I paid more attention to salt and fluids, then systematically eliminated almost all PUFAs, whereas I had been relaxed about these at first. Coconuts do not grow in Wales, not even on this continent, so switching to coconut oil has been a bit pricey and difficult to find a stockist, but that was when everything changed. Now I never want crisps/ chips, even when in front of me, I do not crave chinese food, often the thought of it turns my stomach, I can hardly even do fish and chips, except in one place where I’m pretty sure they are using palm oil (which I used to avoid on ethical grounds but it, esp. palm kernel oil is also a fairly high sat fat oil). Biscuits, sweets and cakes are another one, unless I know they’re all butter I just won’t eat them, I don’t even need to try, I have just become highly adverse to PUFA containing foods. If I do end up eating them to any great extent, though, I do feel physically wronged.
The point being, make gradual incremental changes and trust your appetite, even if it tells you to gorge. If my experience is owt to go by, you can basically eat exactly what you fancy until one day you won’t fancy any “bad” foods and your health will be good.
thanks for the reply Matt, I was only messing with you. I will give the new system a whirl
is it just a coincidence that Matt has this new amazon deal and suddenly all the back content is out of bounds? Didn’t the “community” make half of that content anyway?
Free the blog!
So What will you do when people subscribe to the e-mail in a year or so, which as you say builds upon information sequentially? Surely you’ll be in the same position?
And what about the “search” function? Surely that helps to orient people without you needing to hold their hand?