I was chatting to Joanna yesterday evening about what sort of things she gets asked by girls in the group and one of the hot topics that came up quickly was the subject of your operations and weight. It seemed that one of the common themes from the girls she had spoke to was the difficulty they had in hitting their ideal weight for the various operations.
Sometimes, those last few kilos are just as hard to shift as the ones that get you started. But the good news is with a little help, you can get there and not just get the body you want, but also the operation too !!
When we start with diets, we’re filled with ambition, expectation and enthusiasm, but no matter what diet you follow, none of them mention two of the most important facts of weight loss – “It takes time !!” and “You’re going to plateau” occasionally as you metabolism adapts and changes. It’s at these latter times, its important to remember what I call “The vicious cycle of dieting” to realise where you are in the process and also to stay focussed
Let’s talk about those last few kilos and their effect on our motivation. Why do they stay firmly stuck in place ? Well, initially, when we start our diets, we get a lot of “easy wins”. We lose water weight and some of our natural bloatedness reasonably quickly and all seems good. Our friends our also probably complimenting us frequently and encouraging us to continue.
Then at various points along our diet, we’ll “plateau” as our metabolism changes. These plateaus are tricky, particularly for transgender women, because in addition to the hormonal changes that your body is adapting to, the associated changes in metabolism mean that you’re going to have to work harder to burn the same amount of calories. As our friends get used to the new you, they’ll probably be less vocal and giving of “high fives”. Suddenly, what we’re going through isn’t so interesting.
Also, when we’re close to meeting our goals, we’re probably starting to “feel the slog” of it and getting bored. This is a key failing of most diets. You have to want and enjoy dieting and the food you’re eating. Otherwise, you’ll find excuses to wriggle out of the regime and justify some sneaky bonuses (Like chocolate cake on the weekend if you’re Joanna). I know, sticking to calorie restrictions, hitting the gym and drinking all that water can get boring, but stick with it !!
Each time you plateau, particularly with your target weight in sight, is the time to look back at what you’ve accomplished up until this point. Remember, as Transgender women, your ambition is body sculpture rather than muscle building. If you’re hitting the gym too hard, you’ll build up muscle which weighs more than fat So ask yourself, is this what’s happening to you ? Strike a balance between working out and diet, to ensure you’re getting the results you want.
If you’re really stuck, it might be that you’ve set a weight goal for yourself that’s just a bit too low and you might be fighting your bodies natural wants and needs. Is the weight you’ve set yourself the right one for your size, age and health profile ? Ask yourself how you reached your target in the first place and regularly check that its right for you. Remember, ultimately, it’s your body and have the confidence to say what’s right for you.
Drop me a message here in the comments and let me know how you’re getting on and what your frustrations are, would love to hear and work with you !!!