Okay. so you’ve put on a couple of extra pounds but you need to recognize your body is pumped about this as it thinks that now there’s a chance to survive famine. It does not want to give this extra weight up easily. It takes a gentle change and constant daily manipulation for positive results to occur. Reducing your daily caloric intake is critical in achieving your weight loss goal, but this needs to be a full commitment each and every day. Being “good” on weekdays and letting it all fall apart on weekends isn’t going to make it happen. Restricting yourself throughout the day and then indulging 40, 50 or 60% of your daily calories at night isn’t going to get you there either.
Here is an analogy on caloric restriction for you. Think of saving calories like rain. The meteorologist tells us that we will have a long, rainy day with the potential of seeing 2 inches (think calories). The slow soak drops down on us from the sky at a rate comfortable enough for the trees, shrubs and grasses to absorb as they want. Some of the trees want a little more than the grasses and shrubs want a little more than the succulents. All various vegetation lined up next to each other working as one ecosystem much like your amazing human body. Our cells are all stacked up and have certain needs. Fueling our bodies mindfully throughout the day allows our cells to absorb what they want, when they want it. The skeletal muscle of the quadriceps may require much more than the large intestines do, following your workout. Yet your kidneys are looking for much more than your abs by mid-day. Different areas of the body carry out different, critical processes at various times of the day. You can’t dictate which cells should be ready to uptake their necessary requirement when you tell them to - it just doesn’t work like that.
If the meteorologist tells us that we are going to get a gigantic thunderstorm with a possible chance of 2 inches of rain (same as above) in thirty minutes, we know it's going to be ugly. There's no possible way that the vegetation will have the time to absorb the water they need, so the structures we have created to harness excess water are critical. Storm drains, gullies, retention ponds and reservoirs are where the excess water goes (think of this like fat cells). You now have an excess amount of water in a reservoir located miles away from your house and want to use it.
It’s not very likely you will want to invest the time and energy to go get said “water." Rather, you will wait around for the next rain storm, forecasted for tomorrow morning even though it’s going to be a very light drizzle (small breakfast). So until that moment you will just make sure you use less water at home and conserve what you can (slow your metabolism). If you get thirsty, you can drink bottled water (stored sugar) and you’ll totally make it. I mean there’s really no reason to go through the hassle of bringing that water back from the reservoir (using your fat storage).
Like I said at the beginning of this rant, this whole topic is an enormous learning experience that takes patience to navigate for yourself. Some important things to recognize: Eat real foods, fuel throughout your day, treat your body well, and don’t save calories. Allowing yourself to indulge is an essential part of a happy life. Making yourself “pay for it” before or after will do more harm than good. Your body will do what it needs to do keep you on track. Trust in that process and love the body you’re in!