Today is the end of the month so here’s our EOM diet report.
Vince has lost 32 pounds since January 15. I have lost 19.5 pounds in that same period. His blood pressure is down, his blood glucose levels are way down, near the low end of the recommended range and they were high, often over the recommended range.
This week, I’ve started wearing a size smaller jeans and am able to wear lots of tops that I had not been able to wear in several years.
We both feel good, we both feel like we’re eating good, healthy foods and we’re not hungry. I will admit that I’ve had a Dr. Pepper about once a week. They still taste great. I will not allow myself to have more than one a week. Maybe some day I’ll realize I’m not craving them.
We have not been out to eat once since we started this on January 15 but maybe once we ate breakfast at McDonald’s. I can’t remember if we did that before we started the diet or after.
I have my annual physical in the next couple months and I can’t wait to see my cholesterol levels. Of course, I’ll share that info when I get it.
So . . we continue doing what we’re doing!
Wow! You’re both doing great on the Keto system!! Maybe I should try it…. I’m just counting calories and have only lost a couple of pounds since the first of the year. At the rate I’m going, it will take a year for me to lose what you two have lost in six weeks!! Congratulations!!!
Tony Bogusz says
Keto and Adkins both work great. One can eat until satiated and still lose weight without ever feeling deprived.
The hard part is shifting one’s died to add in what you’re currently NOT eating (e.g.: carbs) as you approach your target weight goals. Knowing what carbs are good for you (like low glycemic impact ones from natural fruits and veggies) and what to avoid (processed carbs in prepackaged food and things like cookies, plus hitting the Dr. Pepper’s too hard and too often) can literally be “killers”.
Another good thing to use as a thumbnail rule is to choose the gluten free pasta choices when you do decide to go out and hit the local Olive Garden, or when otherwise you have such choices. The 2nd good rule is to try to avoid the high fructose sweetened soft drinks, juice drinks, cookies, etc. This 2nd rule is the hardest to follow, as that “cheaper than cane sugar” high corn fructose sweetener poisons are literally EVERYWHERE. For some dieters getting rid of the gluten and fructose alone are enough to positively impact weight loss.
You are wise to be eating-in most of the time. Making the right raw food choices to include in your meal preparations allows you to avoid the dietary garbage commercial food prep companies sneak into your diets in the name of profits. Again, this is what makes it hard to move back to a so-called “normal” diet without doing a bungee back to your old weights.
Rule #3 (not hard and fast, but it does help a bit), is to have intermediate weight goals at which point you try the switch to a normal diet and see if you can hold your intermediate weight +/- 3 to 5 pounds for several months. This does a couple of things. First, it allows you to experiment with a wider choice of food options including eat-out’s at some restaurants to get rid of the boredom and drudgery (i.e.: “ick”..I gotta cook something again, and I’m not feeling particularly creative right now…), but also watch what it does or does not do to your “holding weight”. Secondly, this allows your body’s thermostat to “reset” for the next major plunge downward in your next push for the next lower weigh goal. This reset doesn’t happen or is needed in some people. But some (like me) need to prevent my body from slowing down its weight loss progress by the “ancient body and brain” inside me going into self-preservation “famine mode” and lowering my metabolism to slow the weight loss progress. Those pounds just kept sticking no matter what I did or ate when that happened. My body absolutely needed to “get used to” the “new normal” before more significant progress downward was possible for me.
I don’t know what you and/or Vince will face, but the above are things I’ve experienced. It’s amazing how my own body resists weight creep upward, even if I’m a bad boy for a few weeks “food wise”, once it is used to the new reduced weight level and corresponding metabolism thermostat “set point”.
The body is smarter than all of us are. I had a nasty back surgery last summer and was shocked to see my fasting glucose being high during the blood labs that were taken before and during the procedure once I read my surgeon’s notes (upon getting a copy) a month later. I reconfirmed the fasting glucose and also got an A1C number I disliked a lot once I saw my GP a few months later. (So I knew this wasn’t just the stuff the anesthesiologists pumped into me.) I made some dietary changes and both were back in the normal range in yearly labs taken at the end of 2018. I proceed to eat normally now with the same changes in place at my current interim weight. If I can do another 20 lbs. downward in the coming year, I should be in really good shape. We all face our own challenges…
Good luck to both of you….
How does this diet compare to the other diets that you have been on?
Nelle Coursey says
I am so proud of you both! What a great outcome for you!!
amy makson says
Congratulations to both of you. I hope Vince is buying some interim cheap clothes so he can enjoy being skinnier!