Saturday, June 12, 2010

Only Light to Moderate Exercise While On The Smoothie Shakedown

Good Morning everyone! As you know, I'm 4 days into week 2 of the Smoothie Shakedown. I haven't lost any weight since Wednesday. I made the mistake of exercising too hard this week. I asked the staff on the Smoothie Shakedown forum what could be causing this halt and here is what they had to say ...

"Given the accelerated nature of the Smoothie Shakedown, only light to moderate exercise is recommended - SS is not designed to support activity/workout levels that are strenuous in nature. With the 1-hour daily workouts you've reported, you may actually have sent your body into "starvation mode"... meaning it has become extraordinarily efficient at making the most of the limited calories it does get. It protects fat stores and instead uses lean tissue to provide it with some of the calories it needs to keep functioning properly. This in turn lowers your metabolic rate so that your body needs fewer calories to function which results in weight loss slow-down.

I'd advise you, while following the Shakdeown, to cut back on your workouts so that you're engaging in only 1/2 hour of mild to mildly moderate activity. If you're going to continue your current routine, keep your body nourished by including a third smoothie each day.

Lastly... 9.4 POUNDS DOWN IN 10 DAYS?!?! WOW!! This is super!! Take a moment to think about this. Consider your expectations for your rate of loss - are they possibly overly optimistic? Try to relax about how much is coming off and how fast (or slow) that it's happening; stressing about it is counterproductive (stress releases cortisol which causes weight-loss slowdown)."

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