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299 DAYS MAINLY WHEAT FREE
TOTAL WEIGHT LOSS FOR 2012:- 26.5 kg/58 lbs
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I want to thank Deb for your comment on yesterday's post. I went back into the Spark People Diet Tracker and adjusted my goals. I am aiming for 1050 calories since this feels more comfortable .... I think. Not sure why I have a "Free Trial" to test for 6 days but when it ends I'll use the free one.
I've set my goals thus Fats = 80%
Proteins = 14%
Carbs = 6%
I know this looks unbalanced but I am experimenting with LCHF and very moderate protein because eating too much protein can stall weight loss. Excess protein is converted to blood sugars triggering insulin production which is to be avoided for weight loss. My biggest challenge is to keep the fats high. I have no idea how people manage this. Eating this way is supposed to stimulate your body to become a better fat burner. At this stage I'm not doing much in the way of regular exercise. If this eating plan works the way it should I'll be longing to get moving as I get into it and blood ketones increase.
I decided to begin the day with higher than normal fats. Well that didn't work out as well as I'd hoped. I've read somewhere about Fat Bombs. Hmmm! Do I want to be that radical? I enjoy natural fat in foods but adding fat goes against the grain in more ways than one.
Breakfast was close to goal. I need to aim for something similar at lunch if I'm hungry. Perhaps an herb omelet drizzled with lots of olive oil. I never thought I would consider eating like this. I tend to watch quite a few cooking shows and I would shudder as Jamie Oliver and other chefs talked about a drizzle olive oil over a dish to finish it off and then proceed to pour on what looked like a bucketful. Recently I found that this was not disgusting to my taste. I use an organic extra virgin from the SuperMarket. It's not the best or most expensive brand but it does. One day when my budget feels generous I'll go looking for a tasty boutique producer of olive oil. I remember years ago being served a small basket of artisan bread with the most delicious oil for dipping. I was right out of my comfort zone but the memory prepared me for this current trial.
I hope this trial bears good results for both my weight and skin.
Our Rotorua son phoned for a chat this morning. He is learning to be wheat free but has found he smokes more. Reading the book Wheat Belly is helping him to understand the brain/chemical aspect of addiction. What impressed me most was that his decision is based on the fact that both John and I have lost weight and look good ... ie. better than before. Greg has a determined spirit so I have high hopes for his success although the antidepressant he is on could make it more difficult to lose weight. My hope is that he will persist long enough to be able trial going off his ant-depressant medication. He has a lot of medical support but going wheat free will stay under the radar until he has made a significant difference to his weight. His advisors want him to do WW but it was too complicated for him. He doesn't want to be counting points all the time. I believe he might be eligible for some kind of financial support to attend a gym. If this is so I will encourage him when the time seems right.
I am thanking God for this breakthrough in Greg's life.
REPORTING BACK .......
Today's 362 calorie breakfast.
Fats = 78.3%
Proteins = 14.2%
Carbohydrates = 7.5%.
After Lunch/snack = 556 cal
Fats = 78.8%
Proteins = 15.9%
Carbs = 5.3%
After Dinner = 934 cal
Fats = 81%
Proteins = 14%
Carbs = 5%
After Snacks and Drinks = 1044 cal
Fats = 80.2%
Proteins = 14%
Carbs = 5.8%
Total calories for day = 5 under target, That means I'm on the button today but it wasn't without some weirdness.
I was surprised to feel a little wobbly for a few minutes this afternoon. It felt as though my blood sugar had dropped too low but otherwise I feel fine and will give this another go tomorrow.
HOW DID I DO? .......
Struggling to keep the balance between protein and fats. I had to reduce my serving of chicken by half to achieve today's percentages.
I'm very pleased that I hit my target ratio of macro-nutrients and stayed within my selected calorie limit. I did feel a little hungry at times but it was soon out of mind. I remain undecided about how long I can eat this way and how long I will need to measure and track to stay within guidelines.
Breakfast:- Bubble and squeak with bacon and egg
Lunch: 2 egg herb omelet cooked in coconut oil and dressed with olive oil. Very tasty and I hope satisfying.
Dinner:- Stirfry in butter of chicken, celery and cauliflower flavoured with Tuscan seasoning served with a generous drizzle of olive oil and lots of freshly ground pepper.
Drinks:- Water x 0
Flavoured Tea Infusions x 5 or maybe 6
Black coffee x 2
Daily Goal:- 1.5lt or 5 - 6 cups large *yes*
Exercise:- Walk or Cross-trainer *no*
? minutes cross-trainer = ? km
September Total:- 17.5/60 km
BP:- 11th May 2012, 147/75
23rd May 2012, 135/75
15th June 2012, 135/85
17th July 2012, 137/75
3rd September 2012, 125/75 ... Meds changed. Accuretic becomes Accupril.
Weigh In approximately 7.30 am
1st September:- 87 kg/191.5 lbs
1st October:- 88 kg/193.5 lbs
Start Weight:- 114 kg/251 lbs
2012 Weight Loss History
January:- 10.5 kg/23 lbs
February:- 3.5 kg/7.5 lbs
March:- 3.5 kg/7.5 lbs
April:- 3 kg/6 lbs
May:- 1.5 kg/3 lbs
June:- 2.5 kg/5.5 lbs
July:- + 1 kg/2 lbs
August:- 4 kg/8.5 lbs
September:- + 1 kg/2 lbs