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At least it's data...

So many people have reported success with the "slow-carb" approach advocated by Tim Feriss, and it sounds fairly non-burdensome. So this is me, just shy of two weeks in.

If indeed I'm to have lost half of 20 lbs of fat, I am not doing too well. While I am a few pounds lower than I was at start, it's certainly not ten. My clothes do not fit any looser, and my belt is still on the same hole.

I have to measure my total inches, so I don't have that data point, and not a really reliable measure of percent body fat. (Unless "too fucking much" is scientifically rigorous.) But I do have one data point that is incontrovertible. I am palpably stronger.

I have increased all the weights I left by something like 50%, which is nothing to sneer at. This mean, scien-damn-tifically, I have more muscle mass under the pudding somewhere. It has to. I'll gather more data points to track, but that at least, I can point to and say, "Hey, this is improvement."

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arya
Mar. 18th, 2011 06:47 pm (UTC)
Overall health is only guided by exercise, and the majority of it is what you eat.

Honestly, if this doesn't work for you, I suggest trying the paleo diet. One month of primal diet (paleo + dairy) and Crossfit 3x/week, I lost eight pounds of body fat. How much of that was drastically reducing my complex carbs and crossfit, and how much of it was simply quitting soda and cooking all my own meals, though, I dunno.
aghrivaine
Mar. 25th, 2011 04:43 pm (UTC)
But this is basically getting rid of complex carbs. No bread, sugar, pasta, beer - nothin' but meat, legumes and veggies. That's what I've been doing.
toast3r
Mar. 19th, 2011 03:29 am (UTC)
I find that when the weight does not go down, having a tape measure really does motivate you because even if you go down by a 1/4 of an inch in your thighs or your midsection, it's a morale booster.

At the same time, that strength is a pretty damn good indicator, too. Keep it up!
greensilk
Mar. 19th, 2011 06:24 pm (UTC)
so what is this diet?
aghrivaine
Mar. 25th, 2011 04:44 pm (UTC)
Slow-carb, which is explained (among other things) in The Four Hour Body. The great thing about it is, it's really easy to live with.
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