you can always learn something new
Friday, September 19, 2014
After having my grandchildren with me for 3 weeks and accepting that my weight would plateau - you can't refuse to share and enjoy an ice cream or a burger with them. Also, I encourage them to cook so I was often head taster for pizza with cream cheese and strawberry jam topping (yes).
Anyway, when they left it gave me 9 weeks before my next trip and I needed to lose 8 or 9 lbs. Easy I say. Not so, says my body. Nearly 5 weeks in and I have lost 000lbs. How can that be. I have cut my calories back to 1200 and I am exercising every day. I swim for at least 30 mins but usually more, I have been doing yoga for 10 or 20 minutes every day and started to do 'the plank' challenge starting at 20 seconds per day. So why have I not lost any weight.
I decided to go back to my 'Diabetes For Dummies' bible and re-read the section on exercise. Obviously for diabetics you have to be careful not to expend too much energy or the glucose levels can fall to a dangerous level and mine have been quite low for a while.
Then I read something that amazed me. Normally about 30 mins before I get in the pool I have a snack, usually consisting of a slice of bread with lean meat or chicken in a sandwich. I leave it 30 mins to allow my glucose to rise. Good, yes. NO, totally wrong. The advise says that if you eat within 30 minutes of exercise the energy you expend is wasted in the effort of digesting the food. You should eat 1 hour before, allow the food to digest and then your exercise will be taking the glycogen out of your fat stores. The advise also says not to eat carbohydrates in the form of bread, pasta, rice etc but in the form of fructose, either in a fruit drink, a piece of fruit or (in the case of diabetics) a fructose candy.
Well, I lost 1 lb from yesterday so hope my new found knowledge will help me to benefit from all the exercise I do rather that waste it on digestion.
I now have 4.5 weeks to lose 8lbs. That is do-able so wish me luck.
Keep on keeping on.