Monday, July 26, 2010

Diet Month 2

I apologize for my lack of updates this summer. I just came out of a 4 week stretch where my daily schedule was:
  • Wake up at 6:00 - eat, exercise (some days), go to work
  • Work 8-5:00
  • Family time from 5-9:00
  • Work from 9:00 pm to 1:00 am.
  • Repeat
Thank goodness I was on this carbohydrate restricted diet, otherwise I would have died from exhaustion.

Anyway, here are the stats from my first 70 days of restricting carbs and keeping track of everything. In week 5 I loosened the reigns of my severe carb restriction and added peanuts and veggies back into my diet. I've become addicted to dry roasted peanuts which is where the majority of my carbs are coming from.

The observant among you will notice my continuous calorie increase since week 3. This is consistent with every other diet I've been on. The willpower to resist eating only lasts a couple of weeks (a month if I'm really motivated). But this time I didn't care. I let my body and mind tell me how much to eat. An insightful friend commented that maybe the urge to eat is my body telling me it doesn't want to lose any more weight. I never thought of it that way before.

The graph below is amazing. My body weight is not rising at all with all the food I'm eating. In fact, my body fat is continuing to go down. I've been lifting weights 2-3 days a week and getting noticeably stronger. I'm sure I've added a pound or two of muscle mass in the last 5 weeks while my overall weight has stayed the same.

So far everything I believed going into the diet has been validated. I think the most obvious point I've demonstrated is that the nutrition establishment is wrong in their mantra "calorie in = calories out." The TYPE of calorie matters. If the establishment was right, I would have gained 12 pounds since week 3. Time will tell if my other health assessments (aside from weight loss) are positive from this diet.

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