I have been on a diet my entire life. That diet has changed forms and names over the years, but it remains what it is.
I certainly understand the struggles and frustrations of those who seek to lose weight and improve their health. It is not easy. It is, in fact, one of the hardest things in the world to do. At times, while dieting, I get frustrated. I just begin to eat less and less, hoping to hasten the progress of the decreasing pounds and inches. Welp, I guess I was shooting myself in the foot! I learned this information courtesy of an Australian woman named Madalin Frodsham. Madalin made an Instagram post recently that has gone viral and resonated with many. She posted a side-by-side photo of herself, one photo of her body when she was eating 800 calories a day, and the other when she was eating 1800.
Madalin Frodsham wrote:
Let's just preface this by saying no, I did not have an ED. When I was eating 800 calories a day, I thought I was healthy. I was eating healthy food, but hardly any macronutrients. I was curious to find out what my macros were like before I actually started counting my macros, so I entered my
old foods into @myfitnesspal to find out. I was
astonished to see how little protein and carbs I was eating. 800 calories seems absurdly low as now I need minimum 1500 calories to be full, but at the time 800 calories was keeping me full because that's what my body was used to. After a while though, salad simply wasn't cutting it, and for all the restrictions I was placing on my diet, I simply wasn't seeing the results I had anticipated.
So I got in touch with a PT and nutritional coach and got my macros sorted. When he first told me to eat 50% carbs I nearly died! I was eating about 10% carbs before and could not fathom how 50% carbs would not make me fat. I also freaked out at all the calories. I've been keeping an excel spreadsheet and in the first week of being on macros my average calories for the week was a little over 1000. I remember how hard I struggled to actually eat the size of my meals. I would just put my lunch next to my desk and eat it over the course of 3 hours as I couldn't eat it in one sitting! Now my stomach can take way more and is much happier! In the second week I was averaging 1600 calories a day! It didn't take long for my body to catch up.
A part of me may always have that mindset that relates not eating with weight loss and "being good today". Sometimes I may forget to eat lunch just because I got busy and for a second I will revert back to old thinking, and think "ohh, I've done really well today and haven't eaten much at all." That's why I love tracking my macros. It will tell me "Maddy, you need to eat more. Go eat 3 potatoes". And I'll pat myself on the back for being healthy and doing really good today! If you're under feeding yourself in an effort to lose weight, don't do what I did for so long. Don't waste your time eating salad when you could be eating sweet potatoes and banana pancakes. Eat more and get fit. It actually works.What Madalin wrote about is a scientifically sound fact. When we deprive our body of food, it will react by slowing down our metabolism to account for the nutrient deficiency. A slower metabolism can literally stop a body from losing weight. While we dieters may be tempted to cut back our eating further and further, we should resist this temptation. I'd call this food for thought. Excuse me while I go grab some lunch.
H/T: SELF, Instagram