My First Plateau – RM3 Update and Weigh Day

It’s been a little while since I last posted something here. It’s been a busy week, but that doesn’t mean I don’t have anything to report. one of the biggest pieces of news this past week is that I got the results of my blood work from last week. I’m pleased to report that most of my numbers are really good, and none of them are too high. However, my Vitamin D and HDL cholesterol counts are low.

In all my time being overweight, I have never thought I would ever hear that any of my cholesterol numbers were too low. And yet, that is exactly what I was told. HDL should be at or above 40, and mine is at 30. My LDL is in a good range, and so is everything else outside of what I reported above.

So here’s the kicker. The best way to raise HDL numbers is to start taking in Omega 3, also known as fish oil. The problem is, on Phase 1 of the RM3 protocol, oily foods are not allowed because the body will use those instead of your own fat to get energy. So what do I do instead? My NP at Tucson Medical Weight Loss suggested Niacin (Vitamin B3) supplements. My limited research on the subject has found the following information about this little mineral.

Niacin can help in the following areas:

  • Relief of arthritic pain
  • Lowers Triglycerides and LDL cholesterol levels
  • Increases HDL cholesterol levels
  • Is beneficial in reducing heart disease
  • Improved memory
  • Helps when battling insomnia
  • Decreases sensitivity to the sun (vampires, take note)
  • Helps decrease sensitivity to motion sickness

There are also a number of other things niacin helps with. There is one little side effect, though. There might be more, but this is the most prominent one that I have found. It’s called skin “flushing”. Basically, it’s a hot tingling sensation felt on the skin. Some people have mistaken it for an allergic reaction, but it’s not really that. It’s because of this that my NP at TMWL suggested I start with low dosages at first and gradually increase them each week.

I’ll keep you posted.

The thing that you’ll see in the video above is what I am calling my first plateau on the RM3 program. I’m told it’s normal to see these. Hopefully it won’t last long. I’m just barely starting to process my reaction to the stall, and while I’m not worried now I definitely want to make sure I don’t stay here. It definitely affects my goal of reducing my weight by 70 pounds by next week, but right now it’s only a minor setback. I’ll be keeping an eye on it and report what happens as things work themselves out.


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