In one month, I’ve lost 6.4 kg (14.1 lb, 1 stone)

On the 13th of last month, having just got back from a fattening week in the USA, I weighed myself after my morning shower, and registered 105.4 kg. Today is the 13th, exactly one month on, and I weighed in at 99.0 kg. That’s a loss of 6.4 kb, which is almost exactly 14 pounds or, as the England have it, one stone.

Here’s how it was done:

(That’s just a single spicy crab roll in the photo, by the way: I cut it into twelve narrow slices instead of the traditional eight thicker slices.)

I’ve been on what I call the Eating Much Less Diet. And the key to is is: I eat much less, but what I do eat is all stuff that I really, really like. So most days I’ve been making myself a sushi roll for lunch and another for dinner, and that’s it for the day. (Note: sushi happens to give me a decent balance of protein, carbs, minerals, etc. But that’s just a bonus.) Zero snacking. Reject all offers of cakes and suchlike in social contexts.

I still have a way to go: getting under 100 kg was a big moment, of course, but my next goal is 98 kg. That’s the point where, at my height, I will technically be merely overweight rather than, as at present, obese:

Realistically, I will never get into the green zone of “normal” weight: that would require me to get down to 80 kg, and I’m just not built to be that size. But I guess a good goal would be to get right into the middle of the yellow “overweight” zone, which would be at 90 kg.


9 responses to “In one month, I’ve lost 6.4 kg (14.1 lb, 1 stone)

  1. You and Gerard both have grandad Sineys build, very broad, strong, big hands and feet so you will never be greyhounds. The trick is to reach a weight that makes you happy and healthy.

  2. Exactly. That’s why I think the 80 kg “normal” threshold is a red herring for me.

  3. Don’t worry about your BMI. It’s based on 200 year old Belgian data, on top of being overly simplistic to begin with. It really shouldn’t be used for anything of consequence.

  4. Don’t be concerned — I know how flawed BMI is, and I’m not worried by it. I just gives me some handy thresholds to aim at besides the obvious numeric ones (100 kg, 95 kg, etc.). And thresholds are useful as ratchet points.

  5. Brilliant! :)

  6. Congratulations. You are not alone in your battle. If you are going to have to eat less, you might as well enjoy what you do eat.

  7. Awesome that they weight was dismissed: because when it wants to be there, it takes a bloody lot of dismissing. It’s also quite frustrating that medicine is still very much in the Dark Ages when it comes to weight: not just BMI (I mean doesn’t this fail basic science in that it should be cubed, inasmuch as the human body doesn’t scale in such a linear manner; but it certainly shouldn’t simply be the square, especially failing to take into account matters of musculature, build and all manner of other stuff) but also this calories in, calories out malarky that seems to persist. There’s always a car analogy and it seems to be tantamount to saying that all cars are equally efficient under all circumstances and that there’s nothing to do with the sort of work they were built for vs. what they’re actually doing, their state of maintenance, whether they’re even using the correct fuel and so on. But that’s because so many people like to say that anybody with a weight problem is lazy and greedy.

    When it comes to accusations of lazy and greedy, sadly, doctors are at the vanguard. Not just the rantings of a malcontent, though I do that too, but that I’ve experienced the same from *so many* of them. Even doctors who have grudgingly admitted that I’ve done something right in that I’ve reversed my diabetes from being serious enough to need maximum treatment after causing a heart attack to requiring not only no treatment but no diet control (I mean beyond “don’t eat as much pure sugar as you can stuff down your gob) so I was listening to this weird double-think that was pretty much well done for fixing your health, but fail for sitting on the couch eating cakes all day because only that can explain why you’re a lard arse.

    Not from one doctor. Not from a couple of doctors. Not from several doctors. It was from most doctors. Even when I told them I was eating so little and exercising so hard it was giving me hypos (guys, remember that diabetes you just moaned about three seconds ago? That.) I was still considered too lazy and to be eating too much cake. In spite of never eating any cake for years except for a minor indulgence at Christmas.

    And even then, I would be thinking… well, y’know. Even if that was true, there would be a reason for it, like I’m tired and depressed. And look, I do have an as yet undetermined sleep problem and I do have serious depression, neither of which I’m being treated for. Maybe that would help, even though I am not by any means over-eating as a result: in fact quite a large number of albeit ad-hoc tests have shown I am consuming more calories and exercising harder than so many people who are an ideal weight. Yet you just keep on saying “calories in, calories out”. Also as a random bit of snark, I dare say many of these people are self-described “rationalists” who consider anybody of any sort of Christian or indeed any religious or spiritual bent as “delusional”. Belief takes all sorts of forms. Some of them are more positive than others.

    As it turns out, one of the biggest problems I had was… a blood pressure drug. Which is so wonderfully inappropriate. It isn’t an official side-effect and is in fact an entirely “undocumented feature”. Given this is the case, I’d been taking the bloody awful stuff for years not realising it was doing more harm than good (literally: it’s a beta-blocker, which are now thought to be largely useless in terms of cardiac health even without the unwanted effects) and only found out this was a problem when not actually looking for it but trying to work out why I had my particular type of weight problem. Lo and behold, so did very many other people: they shouldn’t have it because they were dieting and exercising like mad but they were still putting on weight around their middle. The one thing in common was the same drug. Another thing in common is that their doctors all denied it was a problem. And another thing in common in that, once they discontinued it, the problem gradually went away. I discontinued it, and the problem has been gradually going away.

    Of course this still leaves us with the thorny problem of BMI. Obviously it’s meaningless, until someone decides otherwise. And then you can’t have your operation. “lol socialized heathcare” say the usual trolls, but actually I’ve found that the worst culprits are the private hospitals and insurers. And far from BMI being the inflexible thing that it should be when it’s helpful to patients, I’ve found that it can be a very flexible thing when it comes to “we don’t want the risk”. The Nuffield in the UK, for instance. Not even going through an insurer, which is usually the headache. No, this was just “take my money!” But no, “30 or less, the surgeon says? What he means is under 30”, says his curiously spherical PA. Weeks later, “it’s under 30 now”. “Actually no, we want it under 28.” You can see where this is going: rinse and repeat another half a dozen times. “But I’ve discussed this with the surgeon” brooks no favour: “the surgeon… er, no the anaesthetist. Yeah, that’s right. Talk to him if you disagree. Here isn’t his email address. And he’s out of the country. Somewhere that doesn’t have interweb.”

    So yeah, the benefits of BMI. I almost lost the will to live. Which is an entirely different topic, though I will say that the police are much better social workers than social workers. I guess because the police have standards.

  8. “They weight”, indeed. “Yarr, you’m lost they weight, ‘ave zum zoidurr!” etc. Why do I only notice the stealth typo a couple of words in when I submit something that I can’t edit? Arse.

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