These last eight weeks, I, my Aunts, my Female Cousins, and my Niece have engaged in a weight loss challenge. My youngest aunt has shared meal plans and preparations, informative videos, and pdfs… to keep us on the right track. Having my family just a photo, emoji or text message away has been awesome, and it is my hope we continue with our weight loss management endeavors together.
Now, let me tell you what I have discovered on my own. Early on, during the second week of this eight week challenge I realize, I have two food addictions…
2. Butter aka Fat.
Lowering my caloric intake wasn’t the problem, prior to this challenge I ate once a day without exercise, twice a day with exercise. However, we are told to rev-up our metabolism and to keep it going all day we must eat several times a day, breakfast, lunch, dinner, and two small snacks in between. This is a problem for me… Anytime I eat prior to 1pm I subsequently eat all day long… and not just a few calories, but hundreds of calories. And I cannot turn off the cravings. As well, I cannot consume an abundance of carbohydrates, because again I cannot turn off the cravings; and by mid-night, I need a sleep aid just to shut myself down.
What works of me if FAT!!! With a full fat diet, I can eat two meals a day with one snack and feel satiated. No cravings, no hunger pains, no sleep aids, and I can exercise without exhaustion. On day’s I ate full fat meals, I could perform 3 hours in the pool. On days of low-fat or none fat meals, I crashed and burned, and my pool time was shortened to 1.5 hours.
Once I understood my need for Fat, I began researching Fat as a dietary need and thus stumbled upon a few medical articles touting Fat a necessity in combating obesity. It has long been thought there were only five taste senses “sweet, sour, salty, bitter, and umami (savory).” Fat is now labeled the sixth taste sense. If you ask me Fat is the Umami, the Savory, which science speaks of.
Now that I understand my need for Fat, I have began experimenting with healthier fats, avocado, walnut, coconut butter, coconut milk and coconut oil. These have become my go-to sources for Fat, and although I rely mostly on these, I have not completely loosed my goats butter, it tastes sooo good melted over popcorn… LOL. A tasty meal now has a pinch of salt, a pinch of sweet, a squeeze of sour, a hint of bitter and an tablespoon of fat. And great news, it is working.
In this eight-week challenge, I lost 8 lbs and 2.5 inches on my waist line, with a very noticeable difference when wearing my clothes… This time I am honestly enjoying the journey to a healthier happier ME!!!