Wednesday, March 17, 2010

New Weight Loss Plan-WORKS!

My bust my gut project (a while back) seemed to fail. Mainly because I didn't keep strict track of calories eaten. Only a motivation from exercise. I mean it sorta worked. But that is just sorta worked. I lost a small amount of weight.

I'm not young anymore. It takes both exercise and calorie monitoring to get to and maintain a good weight.

My current plan uses a "pay by cash allowance" idea. It's kinda like weight watchers or Richard Simmon's deal a meal idea. It uses an iPod touch or an iPhone with software to keep track of the progress.

The idea is classic and simple.

You get a budget of calories for the day based on your weight, age, etc and weight loss plan. I chose a one-pound per week plan back on December 25, 2009.

Using the iPod, I enter my calories as I eat them. I started with an allowance of about 2000 calories so as I eat during the day, I spend the allowance. Nothing innovative.

But the key thing here is that it's on the spot and active during the decision making choice. This is a huge deterrent to eat too much in most cases. The other big thing is that it's like paying cash for something instead of using a credit card. If I eat a huge breakfast, I have less for lunch and dinner. But the cool part is that Working out with exercise, is like a job. It rewards the allowance with the ability to eat more for the day. It's an immediate reward too. I can exercise and have that ice cream or beer right then. It motivates exercise for the reward of food.

The other big idea I added to this goes against all diet plans I read about....and that is, I skip breakfast.

They say it's important but I beg to differ, especially if you have excess weight and exercise. Sure, if you don't have body fat, your body will suffer. But if you do, not eating breakfast allows exercise to force your body to look for energy somewhere. It taps those fat reserves. You can't exercise too hard though because it will tap muscle tissue for energy, but moderate exercise will induce fat metabolism. It has to. It's like bonking in a marathon. You run out of juice so your body goes after the fat. You push through it.

Oh wait, Did I say this plan has no suffering? Sorry. Nothing is free. That is why it works. You do suffer.

Since I'm not a doctor doing research, I'm probably wrong. But least that is my wild theory. So far my wild theory works for me. Consult a doctor before attempting my wild theory.

Regardless. I can survive till noon without breakfast and so far, it's working for me. I do this even though I ride my bike to work. I feel like the reward of a bigger meal at night makes up for skipping breakfast.

By the way, part of my theory comes from the fact that a person can actually survive without food for nearly a month. No, I'm not kidding. Primitive man was used to not having food on a regular basis, not like we are. When you woke up in the morning not having food, you had a long day ahead of you searching for it. Thus, The body can deal not having breakfast.

Oh, did I mention the price you pay is hunger? It's not all that simple after all. I'm usually famished by noon.

One other thing I am doing here is eating really healthy foods. The more healthy the food, the less the calorie density. A Burger King small burger has 450 calories while a large spinach salad has less than a couple hundred. I can eat a lot more salad and get full this way. This is a key thing....but I do miss those burgers!

I set my goal for 170 lbs on December 27th, 2009 and made my goal today. As a result I set a new goal of 165 lbs. Not sure I need to since I feel great, but I feel I might benefit from another five pounds for my bike rides.

I actually did a little better than 1 lb a week. I'm shocked and happy with the amazing results.


So the keys for me are

--skip breakfast
--earn by exercise
--eat healthy
--record everything

The graph for my new goal. Lets see how it plays out.


I'm feeling better about doing my White Rim in a Day ride with much better results than 2008.