Two days = three pounds dropped. I know that it’s all water weight, which means my body was puffy/holding onto water, but what is interesting to me is the reason for it: alcohol and sugar. Now, I didn’t have anything with added sugar in it, but I did have some foods that were much higher in carbs than I usually eat, and coupled with my increased alcohol intake over the later part of last week, my body was holding onto water. Now that I’m “Clean” off the sugars, my body is responding in kind: dropping/shedding that water weight.
Over the next few days and weeks, I expect that the rate of loss will flatten out A LOT, but I’m going to be doing everything I can to aid the process of losing weight.
First and foremost, I’ll be sticking to my Paleo diet. I lost 150 lbs through Whole30 and Paleo, and I know it works. I can eat well, never be hungry between meals, and everything is delicious.
Second, I’m going to stick to my exercise plan of running every other day. This is not to lose weight, but to make me feel better psychologically, and to help me get better sleep which DOES help a lot with weight loss.
Third, I will be avoiding anything with added sugar, grains, legumes, soy, and alcohol. It’ll be tough to avoid the alcohol sometimes in social situations, but for the next few months, at least, it’s exactly what I will do.
Sugar is the enemy. Sugar causes false appetite (known as cravings), weight gain through water retention and energy storage (and us humans store energy in the form of fat), and acts on the brain in the same way many dangerous drugs do in terms of addiction. Breaking free of the sugar dragon is tough, but if you are able to do it, you are rewarded with better health, more mental clarity, freedom from cravings, and an improved ability to taste natural sweetness in foods and drinks you never knew had natural sweetness to them. Strawberries taste AMAZING to me again (like they did in my childhood), and so many other foods are more flavorful now that I no longer eat sugar.