I have decided to double down on the Slique in 60 program and go for four months, instead of two. I have nearly reached what I consider my “ideal” weight. As the Atkins program trumpets on TV – everyone’s ideal is a very personal thing. I also know that once ones’ internal metabolism has decided to shift into utilizing stored calories, (which can take as long as 60 days) it is much easier to keep the body thinking it needs to use stored fat, than to jump back up on the calorie intake, and risk turning that process off.
The truth about human metabolism is that it takes at least 60 days if not more, for the body to decide that it needs to start metabolizing stored fat on a continuous basis. I guess the body thinks that if this change in food intake has gone on long enough, it might be a permanent thing, so it needs to adjust. Which is one reason why any quickie weight loss fad might produce short-term results, but the body rebounds back to its former “normal” so easily. The metabolic engine was still running under its usual settings, but with a less food for awhile, which the body interpreted as a temporary thing. To make a permanent change, the body has to be convinced that the changes are long term and ongoing – then it will reset its “engine” to match the new circumstances.
I also know that once ones’ internal metabolism has decided to shift into utilizing stored calories regularly, it is much easier to keep the body thinking it needs to use stored fat, than to jump back up on the calorie intake, and risk turning that process off. Which might take another 60 days to restart etc etc. Ergo, my 120 day plan – to establish a new body normal and then go into a maintenance regimen.
It does get harder. The daily maintenance calories reduce as your body weight lessens. The margin between maintaining and losing gets smaller. At this time for me, that is equivalent to one slice of cheesecake. I have coped with creative portion control. If I want cheesecake, I eat 1/3 of one slice. And throw the rest away. Yes into the garbage.