I’ve been reading some interesting articles recently, including this one on thyroid function:
Beware, this seems to be a body building site for women, by women, and for reasons not clear to me, has lots of half naked muscly women. Not so much this article, though. Anyway, she talks about how dieting affects the thyroid, especially dropping calories to consistently low levels, effectively slowing your metabolism. Leigh Peele, the author, recommends “refeeding”, and taking breaks. Refeed seems to be common amongst weight lifters, and I’m not knowledgeable enough to discuss too much, other than to say, I do this anyway! Of course she doesn’t mean eating thousands of calories over maintenance, or empty calories, which I try not to do very much. But those off days when I’m damn well going to eat pizza and beer for dinner may have saved my metabolism! Or at least, that’s my story and I’m sticking to it! But seriously, it took me many years and nose to the emotional grindstone to not feel bad about my dieting indiscretions, and now I’m learning that this behavior can be beneficial. Obviously, if I did it enough so that I gained weight, it would be a problem, and I’ll bet most of my plateaus are caused by a bit too much of these. I’m still working on finding that balance, but it’s good to know the reason behind the behaviors.