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Diet: Weigh-in at ~190

Chacham (981) writes | more than 11 years ago

User Journal 4

Well, my crazy week of dieting has come to an end. At some points last weekend I weighed myself. I got 199 and 201. That was probably after I ate and drank quite a bit. I just weighed myself, and depending where on the floor I put the scale, I came in between 189 and 191. I'd have to say a few pounds of that was just sheer liquid, since I've been drinking so little.

Well, my crazy week of dieting has come to an end. At some points last weekend I weighed myself. I got 199 and 201. That was probably after I ate and drank quite a bit. I just weighed myself, and depending where on the floor I put the scale, I came in between 189 and 191. I'd have to say a few pounds of that was just sheer liquid, since I've been drinking so little.

I cannot continue what I've done this week. I probably had less than 700 caories each day, excluding hamburger night when I had a whopping ~900. That just isn't safe. And, I don't want my body to get used to so little. But I did want to lose a good few pounds for a nice emotional boost. It seems to have worked, and I am very happy at the outcome.

Next week I'll probably go for 1600 calories a day. When eating non-snack foods, that can be quite a bit fof food. So, I should be happy with it. My only fear is that I'll hold lots of liquid next week and gain a pound or two. But, if so, so be it, overall I'll be ahead.

Eh.

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Liquid should not count (1)

salimma (115327) | more than 11 years ago | (#5977481)

... and worry not, there's always the sauna to get excess liquid out of your system :)

a more simple diet (1)

MiTEG (234467) | more than 11 years ago | (#5977812)

For the past couple months I've been on a much simpler (coincidental) diet that has been quite successful. My food for the week is what I can carry back from the store in one trip (~15 min walk). It makes me purchase only substantial food rather than junk food.

I think I've lost about 20 lbs this way.

Anyway, congrats on your weight loss so far, even if it is liquid.

Re:a more simple diet (1)

heliocentric (74613) | more than 11 years ago | (#5983940)

Sign me up, I like the idea of reduced food purchase. I'll eat whatever you walk to the store and buy for me... oh wait, I'd be missing the excerise.

Can we work out some sort of conveyor system, or a small train perhaps? Maybe one of those tricked out RC cars that banky used to sell could be worked into our plan of lazy yet limited quantity purchase.

-- Lazy-helio-pumpkin-head

Restricted calories is the trick.. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#5985676)

Combining restricted calorie intake and just flat out getting used to eating less is the key to long term weight loss.

I used to be incredibly active and ate a ton of food and weighed 160lb or thereabouts. Then I did my knee in and was restricted in what I could do athletically (pretty much nothing) and just kept on eating the same amount. Needless to say I started to put on weight.

The answer that I found was simply to stop eating as much. I went for a year or so as a poor student who could afford to eat once or twice a day. I ate chips and chocolate and drank Coke and that was it, but funnily enough I lost weight. I settled at around 150lbs and that's where i'm at today, despite having spent the following 8 years as a reasonably well paid IT worker. The trick was that I simply got used to eating less. If I even tried to eat what I used to back 10 years ago, i'd be so ill its not funny. My stomach just isnt able to stretch that much.

So honestly, if you just have the willpower to eat significantly less food than you're used to, you will eventually get used to eating less. Today I do NO exercise, I sit at a desk all day long (I do fidget a lot, tap feet etc for exercise), I eat whatever I feel like whenever I feel like it (I just never feel like eating a whole fried chicken or 3 Big Macs or whatever) and I remain at 150lb.

Yes there are some people who are predisposed to obesity, but they are just a small proportion of the morbidly obese. Too many people use that excuse to justify not getting up of their asses or denying themselves food. Willpower and desire are the tickets.

So anyway, good luck with it. If you can change your eating patterns permanently, you will lost weight and keep it off. It is more about eating less permanently than eating carbs or protein or any of these other fad diets. Just eat less.
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