Over the weekend, I came to the realization that we really CAN affect our bodies through diet changes, and with relative ease.
The outward manifestation of this means some potty talk. Not to be indelicate, but "regular" to me was about once every two or three days. I was never uncomfortable (that I'd notice). That was just the norm for me.
HOWEVER, since increasing my daily fiber intake, and after just a few days, I go daily now, sometimes twice.
So, if that is just an obvious outward sign of how my new diet is creating change, can you imagine how things must be changing inside?! It really doesn't take long. In my reading, I've learned that even a relatively small amount of weight loss can make improvements to the internal mechanisms of the human body. And, I've come to believe that.
Potty talk aside, I am also noticing (already) my ring isn't cutting off my circulation anymore. And, either my elastic-waist pants are getting longer, or my waist has gone down a litte bit, so the pants are hanging differently. No complaints there!
Best of all, I am finding I have a bit more energy than I had last week. These are all subtle changes, but all are changes in the right direction. It is encouraging!
I wonder what non-scale improvements others have noticed. I think these are things we need to pay attention to, not "just" the scale numbers.
Speaking of scale numbers, I heard that a safe rate to lose weight (weekly) is about 1% at a time. This represents the approximate maximum fat a human can lose in a given week, before tapping into muscle mass, etc. This is, of course, aside from the initial big drops that some people have due to water weight, etc. I guess this means I can safely expect to lose about 3 lbs a week in fat, maximum (aside from the first week or two, which may include water retention loss). I'll step on the scale on Wednesday or Thursday and will find out then. Slow and steady wins this race ...