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Published on November 17, 2008 By Draginol In Diet

I started back in September on a 7 week diet.  With a beginning weight of 176, my goal was to get down to 165.  This is the first diet I've ever really been on.

At first, it went pretty well - a pound a week.  But around week 5, I hit 171 and have not managed to get past that.

To lose more weight I have to overcome one primary obstacle: Cold weather.  While I have a treadmill and elliptical at home,  I much prefer to exercise outside. So when the weather started getting cold in October, I found my average daily steps drifting downward.

In week 4, I was averaging over 10,000 steps a day.  In the last couple of weeks, that average has dropped in half. 

I've been finding it a lot easier to restrict what I eat than to take the time to get out and walk and such.

on Nov 17, 2008

Fall Diet Ends

...winter diet begins...

Circle of Diets... afterwards we get the "Spring Diet" followed by the "summer diet"!

Luckily we here in America have aptly placed holidays to interfere with Dieting.  Thanksgiving, Christmass, Easter, 4th of July... days where massive consumption of quantities is fun and welcomed.

...only to cry about it the next day cause you overate.  mmm, overeating.

Perhaps you should take up Yoga?

on Nov 26, 2008

While exercise is important for health, it has very little to do with weight control. 

The only sure way of losing weight is calorie counting.

Male adults need between 2,100 and 2,300 calories per day to maintain weight.  3,500 calories == 1lb of fat.  Literally, if you were to use an ice cream scoop to take a chunk out of your belly and burn it in a calorimiter, this is the number you would get.

Exercise can raise your metabolism so that your maintenance number goes up a little bit, but not enough to change weight loss in the aggregate.  Exercise also burns calories directly, burning what you have eaten that day so it is not converted to fat.  But the amount is very, very small (like 75 calories for a half hour of sit ups!).  Bleh.

So if you eat 500 calories more than your maintenance number, you will gain 1lb per week.  Conversely, if you eat 500 less than y our maintenance number, you will lose 1lb per week.  There is about a week to 2 weeks of lag time in this.

A couple years ago, I cut myself down to 1,500 calories per day.  I lost 49 pounds in 7 months.

This is HARD to do.  You will be living with constant hunger. There are some strategies to mitigate this, but it takes some experimentation to find what works for you.

Exercise during such drastic weight loss is very important.  When you are this hungry, your body will eat away at muscles as well as fat if you are not using them.


on Nov 26, 2008

Oh, I second the yoga suggestion.  Very fun once you get past the initial awkwardness.