Today is officially the start of Month 16 on this lifestyle. Lately I have been doing lots of research on water, dehydration, and digestion and its longterm effects. Since coming to this lifestyle, I have tried 2,500 calories, 4,000 calories (and stabilizing around 3,300 calories), less water, more water, exercise before eating, then after eating. But what always remains a constant is weight gain and more importantly BLOAT! I actually had one of my worst days in the last week and honestly, I feel it should be improving by now. I know miracles do not happen overnight, nor am I expecting that, but I really feel like the bloat is just progressively getting worse. There is SOMETHING that my body is struggling with. After doing a few days additional study on the importance of water on the digestion (well, the total body actually), I have decided to take my calories back down to 2,500. I am only doing this for a few days because I am going to try and focus on proper hydration to see if I can get my bloat moving. Since one of my staples has been bananas since day 1, and they require a larger intake of water, I feel that maybe my body is still in a state of drought and cannot get the digestion thing healed. If at any time I feel hungry, I will not deprive my body of any nutrients. This is not a fast of any kind. I just want to bring the volume down a bit so I can get extra water flowing through.
It is summer where I am at and it has been humid lately. I have increased my water intake for that as well as more water in general and I can still see dryness on my skin. I have been experiencing some achiness in my joints as well, which a definite indicator of dehydration.
Another symptom that has been with me since the beginning is ringing ears and it is also a symptom of dehydration as the hair-like particles in the ear need water to keep things working. It very well could be that my body is just dried out inside.
I am going to give this an honest try for a few days, then begin to add my calories back in to achieve 3,300 or possibly more if I can. I really think my body needs closer to 4,000 calories, but with the bloat, I can only achieve this amount once a week because I am so puffy and uncomfortable. I really hope I am on to something here. I will report back soon! :)