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.
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.
Steven Sisskind, M.D.
Steve Sisskind, M.D.
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