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Week 6 – The Green Tea experiment – FINAL! *

Weight loss to date: 7.6 kilos

Weight loss/gain: -.400g

Total weight loss during the 6 week Green Tea experiment: 2.3 kilos.

Weight loss total since mid March: 8 kilos!!!**

* This post was written on Friday 8th of august 2014. Edited Sunday 10th August 2014.

** I weighed myself on Friday 8th Aug (mid-morning.)

This has been one of the most interesting yet in some ways surprising weeks out of all of the weeks.

Firstly, I would like to thank the academy for somehow, despite NOT sticking to the diet and NOT sticking to the exercise regime, STILL managed to lose weight!!

Universe? You must really love me. Like, really love me?

I’ve given you all minimal information yet criticized so much so far. Here is why. On Saturday the dreaded flu like symptoms reemerged from the depths of darkness and the mythical evil land of Zor. In a nutshell, I just started to feel sick. The weather dropped to something like -5 degrees in Ararat (where I was staying) and my immune system was not taking it!

Diet:

So from then on, I couldn’t eat much. If I did, it was usually carbs and junk as for some reason I couldn’t stomach anything else for long. My diet was shocking, 85% of the time. Examples of this shocking diet are as follows, cookies, buttery toast with vegemite and cheese, a Whopper burger (I seem to love these more so of late), I put sugar in my tea, did I mention cookies? Yes? There were so many cookies. I even ate pasta! Oh the horror!! I had one bowl. The leftovers I tried to eat the next day, well, let’s just say didn’t make the journey down. It came up like an erupted volcano! Annnnnd TMI session ends now!

So in my dire need for some sort of substance I opted for homemade chicken and sweet corn soup. I did however try to eat a lot of fruit and vegies. It was only today (Friday 8th Aug) that I decided to steer clear from the carbs and go back to my diet. I ate what I ate during my flu patch because it gave me great comfort. When I get a whiff of meat I wanted to vomit! When I ate substantial amounts of food I would actual throw up because I just could not stomach it! Yes I ate less, but I ate junk food and this ultimately resulted in lack of energy and mood swings.

Exercise:

 

My workout suffered as well. I had no energy to workout or do anything physical. I was really sick and extremely tired. I would often sleep, a lot. This helped me progressively work towards getting better. What I find is that if I over exert my self my health goes backwards. Here is the evidence.

Day AM PM Yoga
Thursday Rest (due to sickness) Rest (due to sickness) Rest (due to sickness)
Friday 70 minutes Cardio
Saturday Rest (due to sickness) Rest (due to sickness) Rest (due to sickness)
Sunday Rest (due to sickness) Rest (due to sickness) Rest (due to sickness)
Monday Rest (due to sickness) Rest (due to sickness) Rest (due to sickness)
Tuesday Rest (due to sickness) Rest (due to sickness) Rest (due to sickness)
Wednesday Rest (due to sickness) Rest (due to sickness) Rest (due to sickness)

Green Tea:

This has probably been the worst week thus far in terms of green tea consumption. There were days when I didn’t even drink a cup of green tea! I didn’t want it, in fact after consuming some of it I would feel instantly dehydrated. I really craved for could old -fashioned black tea with milk and sugar. I have no idea why. It could be some sort of weird, regression to my childhood or something but all I can say is that I really needed it. I drank green tea SOMETIMES. Yes, I’m hanging my head in shame right now. I’ve failed you my readers.

Another variable:

(TMI alert!) The lovely monthly period came and stuck around for a bit. As mentioned in a previous post, I tend to gain 1-2 kilos during this time. Also, I find it very hard to lose during this time and usually shortly after it’s over. It tends to take a while to drop off.

Overall conclusion on my green tea experiment:

There are quite a number of variables that I would have to say may have hindered the most optimum and clear-cut results.

So how much did I lose whilst incorporating green tea during the 6 week period? 2.3 kilos! Not much really.

During the 6 weeks I often didn’t consume green tea on a regularly basis especially directly after each meals, which I had proclaimed I would in my very first post. (Ahhh a good example of how dieters have good intentions at first then fizzled as “life” gets in the way.) I take full responsibility for this. Yes, I consumed 3-4 cups a day but I didn’t do it so consistently enough to help determine whether green tea can assist in weight loss.

Due to this inconsistency, it was a blessing in disguise. I have learned so much about how I operate. I start off well, a few roadblocks get in the way, so I allow that to affect me and I teeter off. Also, I tend to get lazy quick easily. This needs to stop. I have time, although a majority of time I did exercise and stick to my diet, but more often than I would have liked I would trail off. I did well before Hawaii so I guess I need a worthwhile goal right? Yes, it’s nice to have one. I think this is great for a short-term goal but what I need is a long-term goal. So what is my long-term goal? This is something I need to establish in order to drive me to keep going, help me get back up if I hit a brick wall, to stop me from wanting to eat cookies or a whopper or get me to the gym, no matter. This long-term goal needs to stop me from repeating the vicious yo-yo dieting cycle that I tend to travel on because it’s not helping me. This unhealthy lifestyle and mindset needs to stop.

My exercise regime did vary in intensity and consistency. I did find that the more consistent I was with my workouts (i.e. doing 5-6 workouts a week and/or incorporating 2 1 hour workouts a day) there was more of a chance I lost quite a bit of weight that week. The less I did, the less I lost and as proven in a few of these weeks, I would often gain a bit.

Over the past 6 weeks I would have to say, a majority of the time I stuck to my diet but compared to my diet and exercise regime I did before Hawaii I had increased my ‘cheat meals’ substantially. When I stuck to the diet for the most part I seemed to have lost the weight. Not only that I didn’t crave as much sugary treats and carbs.

I don’t think I can give you a definite conclusive response to whether green tea can aid with weight loss. What I can say is that, firstly I do need to have the right positive mental attitude towards making a serious change to my health and wellbeing. The first step is to ‘want’ to lose the weight. The second is the ‘why’. The third is the ‘how’. I then need to understand and work on analyzing my diet habits and really confront it. I need to question yourself as to how I got to where I am today. I want to lose weight right? I need to question and observe my dietary and exercise habits. Constantly reevaluate and change, if necessary.

I found green tea was fantastic with aiding in digestion. After drinking a cup after a meal I no longer felt as bloated and sluggish.

I would like to safely say, last week was a complete write-off. I would like to give myself another week to see if I lose weight, with the right diet and exercise, and by incorporating green tea. Don’t get me wrong, I will still incorporate green tea into my diet after the experiment is over but I won’t necessarily analyse the results with the weighing question as to whether it has complete effect on my weight loss.

So there you have it. I will give myself another week starting Monday the 11th August 2014. Let’s see how I will go.

Selma Danculovic

Author of The Papakittens Adventures: Reach for the Stars

http://www.thepapakittens.com

#weightloss #greentea #dieting

Disclaimer* This is in no way diet advice but our own personal journey and experience. I’m not a dietician. Please seek professional advice when embarking on any diet and/or exercise regime.

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