Wednesday, October 13, 2010

The Mysteries of Appetite

Yesterday my appetite tanked. For some mysterious reason it was an effort to finish every meal I had planned. What in the world was going on, and how can I make it happen again? Honestly, I'm not sure I'm really crazy about the idea of eating only about 1,000 calories a day, because I don't want to have to keep that kind of calorie restriction up, and I don't want to risk slowing my metabolism down, but I definitely want to explore what caused this sudden change.
On Sunday, I did have a major "occasion" meal. I'm not crazy about the term "cheat" meal because it implies a deviation from from my goals and intentions, but I do believe that life has occasions that call for loosening the reins from time to time. At any rate, my cheat meal included a variety of foods I had been restricting for some time, including sweets, and two glasses of wine. On Monday, I switched from Atkins to a high volume/calorie tracking plan that had me coming in at 1400 calories, including the last two glasses of wine in the bottle. Dinner that night was a bit of a problem, as I wanted to keep eating even after I'd finished the amount of food I'd planned for. How did I handle this? I used the power of distraction. Distraction is a tool I would urge you to develop if you want to navigate the sometimes choppy waters of fat release. You're sitting in front of an excellent source of distraction right now. Some of my other favorites are reading books, magazines, anything from trash to philosophy depending on my mood. Another good one is to load a new podcast or audio on my iPod, and listen to something that entertains or motivates me while doing chores. So I was up from the table and out of the kitchen and all was well.
Now we come to Tuesday, and the surprising drop in appetite. Let's look at breakfast for clues. I had two eggs served over a bed of spinach and mushrooms that had been topped with salsa, sprayed with olive oil, and microwaved for 90 seconds. I also had two slices of lean canadian bacon. I was supposed to have a cup of cantaloupe as well, but I just didn't have room for it. After breakfast, I headed straight to the gym for TT Resistance Evil workout C. This is a challenging high volume/high intensity workout that had me feeling like rubber afterward. I think the combination of the high volume menu with the intense workout was the one two punch that knocked my appetite out. I will be very curious to see if the effect continues today. So to get it clear in my mind, and hopefully to be of help to anyone else out there who wants to quiet the siren song of their appetite, two main techniques are operating here. The combination of simple, abundant, low calorie food with an intense (but not too long, only 45 minutes including warm up, cool down, and stretching) workout reduced my appetite.
I am starting to form a theory that just as doing the same workout over and over looses its effectiveness, something similar may happen with the way we eat. All diets work, for a while. The question is why do they stop working, and what can we do to get fat release going again?