Here we are a month in and it would seem that my weight loss has slowed down to a ridiculous snail’s pace. I was aiming for between 2 and 3lb this week but I’ve actually achieved 0.6lb. It’s embarrassing to say the least and I wasn’t too sure what had happened until I delved into it all a bit deeper. All week I have stuck to my daily allowance of calories (1200 max) and have not veered away from this. In fact, some days I haven’t even had the full 1200 and over the week I had a surplus of 500 unused calories. This is where my problem may lie, as looking through my food diary I’m only spending around 700 on meals – the rest is saved for treats including alcohol. This technique has worked for the first couple of weeks but now I think my body has gone into starvation mode and isn’t releasing any calories. It is a well publicised fact that if you drink alcohol then the body will burn these calories before burning any fat. Take a look at this article from DrinkAware.
I need to spend more of my calories on proper meals and less on ‘treats’. I was under the impression that as long as I didn’t eat more than my calorie allowance I would lose weight, this doesn’t appear to be the case. I fear I have totally messed my metabolism up and now I need to fix it all. So, as of today I am ensuring that my meals are more calorific and my treats are minimal.
On the plus side I have lost nearly 10lbs in total now over a 35 day period so we’re looking at around the average 2lb a week weight loss. I’m hoping by having more nutritional food and drinking more water I can kick start the weight loss again. I can still do this, I just have to keep believing that!
If this new regime doesn’t work then I may have to go back to my Dr as it could be that my hypothyroidism is causing problems. If this is the case then it won’t really make any difference with me eating more nutritional food until my levothyroxine mdication has been altered.
Oh well, until next week my friends, remember – chin(s) up 🙂.