Weight Loss – Slow and Steady Win the Race Part One

Hi there my beautiful lovelies! Hope you guys are doing well and staying safe. You have gained weight after the pandemic? You are not alone. According to the Harvard Health website, an examination of patient data from electronic health records showed that “39% of patients gained weight during the pandemic, with weight gain defined as above the normal fluctuation of 2.5 pounds. Approximately 27% gained less than 12.5 pounds and about 10% gained more than 12.5 pounds, with 2% gaining over 27.5 pounds”. Today, I will share with you part one of my weight loss journey.

I was fortunate enough not to experience freshman 15, mostly because I was severely underweight. However, I wasn’t so lucky this time around. This may be because I am much older now with a much slower metabolism rate. On top of that, I am dealing with chronic health conditions which put on steroid treatment several times. The weight gain was not pretty on my clothing and my mind. For some reason, even with my love of mindful meditation, I just couldn’t deal with the 26 pounds weight gain. If the stress of the pandemic and loss of loved ones weren’t enough, I started dealing with added weight that I was feeling day-to-day.

The Weight Loss Journey

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My friends, I have to say that the journey was not easy. At first, I was checking my weight every day, only to make me stress out even more. I started out with light exercise. That would have been easy if I didn’t have exercise intolerance. Hence, I started counting calories and cutting carbs. That did not last long. If I lost 3 pounds, the next week I gained 2 back. As a science person I know that when it comes to weight loss, one shoe does not fit all. I tried the Weight Watcher point system, it does not work. Finally, I decided to do some research for other effective options.

High Protein Breakfast for Weight Loss

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One thing that I came across that caught my attention is the use of a high-protein breakfast for weight loss. Weight what? Yes, high-protein breakfast. I started doing some research. A high-protein diet may decrease food intake through regulating satiety and appetite hormones and can be an effective strategy for weight loss. A study looking at Chinese adolescents found that a high-protein breakfast promotes weight loss in obese Chinese adolescents, possibly through its regulation of satiety, subsequent food intake, and appetite hormones. Similarly, acute studies show that the addition of whey protein at breakfast has a glucose-lowering effect through increased incretin and insulin secretion. Whey protein-based breakfast is an important adjuvant in the management of Type 2 diabetes. However, keeping in mind that there is no single best strategy for weight management, I tried this out. I took a protein drink every day followed by frequent small meals. I started to lose weight but very slowly. A month ago I decided to add a weight watcher protein bar on top of my protein drink as my breakfast.

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My friends, do keep in mind that months of just protein drink helped me shed 6 pounds. However, it was not steady. Hence, after adding the protein bar with the protein drink I was able to shed another 6 pounds in the past month, with no exercise on top of being on steroid treatment. I don’t give the entire credit to a high protein diet, but it helped a lot. I still follow the motto, everything in moderation. Weight watchers point system may not have helped me this time, however, the moto behind them, “Calories give it the baseline; saturated fat and sugar drive the SmartPoints value up, while protein drives it down. The reason for this is that numerous studies have confirmed the benefits of eating less sugar and saturated fat, and more protein—not just for weight loss, but all sorts of other health reasons”.

My dear lovelies! Please come back tomorrow on the 2nd part of my weight loss journey. If you are going through a weight loss journey, I would love to hear your stories. What worked for you and what didn’t.

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