DRINK WATER TO LOSE THAT FAT 4/13/13
-Teri Patterson, Fitness Professional
I did a great experiment this week. My scale was showing a 2.6lb weight gain for no reason. I monitor my fat & water percentages every day to see where I'm at. If your scale does not measure these things, then stop. Go get a scale that does this and keep reading.
Before going forward let's talk fat. How do you "lose" the fat? Where do you think it goes? Urine. When your doctor or fitness professional tells you to drink water to lose weight...they are explaining that when the fat is ready to be released from your cells, it has to have that water to remove it. Otherwise it "sits" in those cells and won't leave. The more water you drink, the easier it is for your body to remove that fat.
To function with daily activities you need to see your body's water percentage over 50%. Now remember this is just to keep your body functioning. If I'm drinking more green tea and more water I can keep that number at about 57-58%.
For about a week prior, I saw my weight up and water % down...with my food & activities the same. You know that feeling...get on the scale and the weight goes up for no reason when you're doing thing "right", right?
I quickly realized that my water/green tea was lagging. So on Thursday morning I grabbed my favorite refillable 24oz bottle. I still drink my organic coffee but I refilled that bottle 3 times before heading to the pool to teach class. (water total - 96oz before supper time)
VERY IMPORTANT: Unless you are on a restricted sodium diet by your doctor, it is absolutely necessary to monitor your electrolytes & salt levels. How do you know "you're low?" As we drink more water, you are also peeing out minerals..including salt. If you feel groggy, light headed and/or dizzy..you are probably not getting enough minerals. So on my drive to the pool & mixed up 2 scoops of Beachbody's Energy & Endurance electrolytes powder with some pure Himalayan Salts in about 8oz of water. This replenishes your electrolytes that you lose when peeing out that extra water. Monitor, monitor, monitor how you feel.
Taught class and feel AWESOME! I had 10 fun ladies in class and we kicked it. (water total - 104oz)
Now on to Friday morning...I got on the scale before eating anything and my fat % went down .10the of a percent, my water percentage went UP 2% and my weight? down 1.6 pounds! So what did that tell me?
I "flushed" out more then 1.5lbs of fat, retained more water so my organs & brain can function better and feel more energetic.
So make sure you aren't just watching weight numbers without monitoring your fat & water percentages.
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My day 3 went pretty well. I did wake up at 4:10am which is NOT like me at all. I couldn't get back to sleep till 5:30am and then proceeded to zonk out till 8:30am. So not a real good start to the day.
I didn't feel hungry at all during the day. I ate some Smoked Gouda, & Deli Turkey for a late breakfast but then nothing till about 3:30pm when I realized how late in the day it was and I hadn't eaten lunch yet. So for that late lunch I had 3 egg whites and 3 slices of super bacon. Why super? Cuz it's BACON!
I became quite tired in the afternoon. Not enough to take a nap...but feeling a little whipped out. I took a rest day from working out just because I was already feeling tired. I probably would have felt better if I at least walked on the treadmill...but didn't. Oh well.
We made some grilled hamburger patties, topped them with grilled onions, cream cheese & grilled jalapenos. Side of avocado & lettuce....was a VERY good combination. The grilled onions really was good with the cream cheese/jalapeno mix.
Was headed to bed early...but a lightning/thunder storm came up right as I was headed to bed. So stayed up a little longer then I wanted to...
On to Day 4.
As many of you know, I live a fairly low carb lifestyle and this is because my body just doesn't process carbohydrates like "normal" people.
I have been living on about 60g of carbs per day (not including veges) for almost 3 years and have felt good. Lately though, I have been gaining a few pounds, feeling "slow", bloated and my allergies have been worse which are all signs to me that my body is in need of a detox of carbs. So last week I decided to do my CARB FREE DETOX for 2 weeks and my husband decided to join me.
Because I've already did this detox for 8 weeks 3 years ago to clear out my system of glucose, I'm just doing 2 weeks now.
If you have ever went carb free, you will understand that the first 4 days are the hardest, since the body is trying to clear out the remaining glucose from your system and it WANTS you to eat carbs. Sugar is a drug in the eyes of your body. Detoxing really does mean "detoxing".
Last time DAY 4 was the WORST for me. I was so agitated and my body was fighting. I woke on Day 5 not knowing what to expect (except I was ready to just cave it in!) but actually awoke feeling a calm in my body and no more physical cravings.
DAY 1: Had a large breakfast of Eggs, & Bacon....I still have my coffee (black) but we're all not perfect! Hubby & I went to Spearfish Canyon to do some hiking & exploring and were out for about 4 hours. NO Fatigue (which is the first question I get from Carb-Lovers)...we ended up at the Spearfish Chophouse for steaks, grilled veges & salad. Felt great! I am already starting to feel not so groggy.
DAY 2: I found a protein shake that tastes great & has 5g of carbs per 2scoops so I had that with some egg whites & bacon. This breakfast is my fallback as I'm not much of a morning person...and don't want to think to hard on that first meal. Really had some good energy all day. I taught a 1-hour Aqua Power class and during the class a couple of people asked me how much coffee I had that day because I had so much energy. I normally have about 3 cups of coffee...same on that day...so the energy was more about the carb free detox then anything. I was planning on putting some fish on the grill but the wind/storms had other plans. I put together some chicken, pecans, celery & onion mixed with a little low fat mayo on a bed of lettuce. Not the most creative or complex meal but it worked. Then had a snack of gouda cheese later in the evening as I watched Hell's Kitchen & Masterchef. Why do I love cooking shows even more when I'm detoxing?
5 Signs Your Body is Toxic
By Kim Kash via Beachbody
Do you sleep 8 hours but wake up groggy? Are you perpetually grumpy? Do you crave sugar? Are you gaining weight even though you’re exercising regularly? Is your cholesterol through the roof even though you think you’re eating right?
If this sounds a typical day for you, your body may be overloaded with toxins. Toxins that are causing you to gain weight, feel fatigued, and crave all the wrong foods. How did this happen?
1. You have a hard time losing weight.
Possible Cause: In modern society, toxic chemicals are everywhere. They’re in the processed food you eat, the plastics you handle, the cigarette smoke you breathe in, and more. Some of these pollutants may trigger disruptions in the body’s endocrine system and this can cause you to gain weight.
Solutions: The harsh truth is that ridding your world of all toxic chemicals and pollutants is nearly impossible. But, you do have some control. Choose to eat more whole foods. Package and reheat your foods in glass instead of plastic. Stop smoking. These solutions do require some effort, but once you start to see the numbers on the scale go down, you’ll feel rewarded for it.
2. You’re always tired.
Possible Causes: Toxic chemicals in the environment and in the foods you eat could be the culprits here too. If you’ve been feeling severe fatigue for more than six months, you could have Chronic Fatigue Syndrome. Other symptoms may include forgetfulness, joint pain, irritability, depression, and achy muscles. Another possible cause for your exhaustion could be mercury poisoning if you eat a lot of fish or shellfish or have mercury fillings in your teeth.
Solutions: Once again, you’re not going to be able to avoid all toxic chemicals, but you can stop smoking, choose glass and other products over plastic, and eat less processed food. If, your doctor determines that you have mercury poisoning, steer clear of fish and shellfish for some time and have any mercury filings replaced with a non-toxic alternative.
3. Your cholesterol is too high.
Possible Causes: If you are overweight or obese, your weight is one cause for your high cholesterol. Obesity can decrease your HDL (good cholesterol) numbers and increase your triglyceride numbers. Triglycerides are particularly dangerous as they can increase your risk of having a heart attack or stroke. If you are in good shape, your high cholesterol may be due to certain medications such as beta-blockers, estrogen, and corticosteroids.
Solutions: To put it simply: lose weight. If that’s not an issue but you can’t ditch the medications that are causing your elevated cholesterol levels, eat foods–such as oatmeal, fish high in omega-3 fatty acids such as salmon and halibut, nuts, and olive oil–that can help you in your battle against those numbers.
4. You crave coffee, sugar, or junk food.
Possible Causes: The foods themselves. When you eat caffeine, sugar, and other unhealthy foods, they often cause your serotonin and/or your sugar levels to spike…and then sink to lower than they were before you ingested that food. Talk about creating an unhealthy cycle!
Solution: Kick your junk food habits. Expect a withdrawal period during which you’ll be cranky, have headaches, and feel fatigued, but this will likely subside within a day or a few days.
5. You’re grumpy.
Possible Causes: Likely, your irritability is caused by a combination of the environmental and food toxins that might be causing your other issues as studies have revealed that chronic exposure to low levels of environmental toxins can lead to depression, anxiety, and mood swings.
Solution: The best way to feel better is to eat better, lose weight, exercise (it boosts the serotonin levels in your brain that help keep you happy), and make smarter decisions when it comes to what chemicals your exposure yourself to.
Admittedly, making major changes to your lifestyle is difficult. But, we also want you to feel healthier and happier. That’s why we recently launched the Beachbody Ultimate Reset. It’s a 21-day program that will help you curb your cravings, lower your cholesterol, feel more well rested, and more. Isn’t it time to stop feeling toxic and start feeling better?
Teri Lang Patterson
Certified Fitness Instructor & Coach specializing in Aqua Power Training, Kickboxing, Weight Training & Yoga.
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