Not losing? You may need to eat MORE

Hello,

Most people assume that to lose weight they need to drastically cut calories. That’s exactly how the subject of our next Motivational Monday story felt.

Vivian Griffin, 65, confesses that for years, her eating habits were abysmal. She was always hungry, and a penchant for certain kinds of food made it easy to put on weight.

“I’m from the South, the best food in the world,” she says. And the most fattening. Biscuits, gravy and fried chicken were staples in her diet.

And did I mention nachos and beer?

When she decided to take the weight off, it did not come easy. Vivian says she tried “every diet known to man. And they all failed.”

But Vivian persevered. She was committed to getting healthy and staying that way, and after our ad for Weight Loss Formula No. 1 caught her eye, she decided to give it a try.

Immediately her cravings disappeared, and she didn’t feel that constant hunger that had plagued her 24/7 before.

And in turn, she began to eat less.

A lot less.

Her breakfast consisted of a RealMeal GF. Then she’d go without anything until late in the day.

To her surprise (but not to mine) … the weight wasn’t coming off as quickly as she’d hoped.

Now, you’re probably wondering, if Vivian drastically cut her food intake, why wasn’t the scale going down accordingly?

There are 2 good reasons for that.

Losing weight and keeping it off require a delicate balance of just the right number of calories … not too many, and not too few.

There are 2 serious issues at play here.

First, your body needs a certain amount of energy (aka calories) to keep your heart beating, your lungs functioning, your blood pumping, your cells repairing, etc.

If you don’t take in enough to perform those critical tasks, your body is going to pull the energy from somewhere. And that’s usually from muscle mass.

When the body uses lean tissue for energy, it basically eats away the muscle mass to provide the calories needed. This is a bad thing for any dieter, because the less muscle mass you have, the slower your metabolic rate will be.

The slower your metabolism, the less you can eat without gaining. The less you can eat, the quicker you dip into lean tissue for energy …

It’s a vicious cycle.

A second issue …

When you drastically cut calories, your body goes into starvation mode. Nobody told your body that you’ve voluntarily stopped eating. It thinks there’s some horrible famine going on in the world.

Since it doesn’t want to die of starvation, your body holds on to those calories you do take in for dear life. And your metabolism comes to a grinding halt.

Vivian was experiencing this, and it wasn’t pleasant in any way.

Not only was she not losing quickly, she was also suffering.

“I felt light-headed and weak,” Vivian says.

Then, after starving herself and not seeing her weight drop, something inside Vivian screamed, “Eat steak!”

So she did.

And the next day she felt her energy return.

Suddenly, Vivian realized what she’d been doing wrong. She wasn’t eating ENOUGH to lose weight.

She added smaller meals throughout the day, plus a cheat meal every week, and by the time she started her second bottle of WLF1, her new habits were beginning to pay off.

“My body was changing,” she says. “I saw the back fat coming off and muscle show up in my calves.”

By the time she got to the bottom of that second bottle, she was down 12 pounds.

And people began to notice.

“My friends tried to get me to buy some smaller jeans, but I liked the feel of my jeans being baggy for a change!”

Now on her third bottle of WLF1, Vivian is feeling more and more confident that she’ll reach her goal.

“Thank you Dr. Steve for this high-quality product that knows what my body needs better than I do,” she says.

Chicken With Mashed Potatos

You’re welcome, Vivian.

Like many people, Vivian thought she needed to starve herself to lose the pounds. But you can eat plenty and lose weight at the same time. Granted, not plenty of biscuits and gravy …

But the right healthy foods you can enjoy in abundance.

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Steven Sisskind, M.D.

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2 comments

  1. Dr. Sisskind, I hope this is an appropriate place to pose my question. I’ve looked through all the other articles and could not find one that comes any closer to the subject.

    1.) I understand the concept of eating more times throughout the day to lose weight. And 2.) I have noticed that it seems almost all of the weight loss supplement labels talk about suppressing appetite, but what about those that have no appetite?

    I have no appetite. And because of this, I often find that I get busy with getting kids off to school, cleaning my house and then start my work day (I’m self-employed and work from home). Then before I realize it, the kids are home from school, I still haven’t eaten and dinner is 2 hours away. If I eat at this time then I won’t want to eat dinner because I will still fill full from eating 2 hours before. In fact, I can eat breakfast and still not be hungry at dinner time.

    Because I don’t get hunger signals from my brain I don’t ever think about eating.

    Any suggestions for people like me who are overweight with no appetite? Is there a way to get an appetite, to turn that signaling mechanism on?

    Since I already don’t have an appetite, I don’t want to take something that will suppress what little appetite I do have. Are there any weight loss supplements that don’t suppress the appetite?

    • Dr. Steve Sisskind

      Hi Pauline,

      Thank you for writing in and for sharing your concerns with us! I completely understand your predicament and there are a couple of ways I hope can help bring your appetite back. First, if you have a lot of extra energy, try to get in some exercise as you go about your day. Adding weights while you walk around the block, putting in extra time to clean under the couch and moving the dining table while cleaning can all help burn calories and trigger your mind to eat. Second, make a conscious effort to eat even if you are not hungry. It does not have to be a large heavy meal, a light snack every 3 hours will do. This will take time for your body to accept but once it does, you will start getting hungry every few hours or so. Third, add multivitamins to your diet ( be sure you talk to your doctor before getting started on this), they will not only ensure you stay healthy but also work slowly to bring your appetite back. Lastly, do not skip meals and make time to eat. I understand your day is packed full of activities and you can easily lose yourself to the work, but keep in mind, that starvation or not eating will have complications down the road. Hope this helps! Make it a healthy day!

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