I was doing OK until the weekend. I was down to 14st 12lb on Saturday though, thanks to a couple of fast days and an attempt to stay away from processed foods and takeaways. My problem is avoiding alcohol, I find it hard sticking to the guide line max 4 units although my fast days are alcohol free. I also tend to drink lots of water and fruit/green teas on those days so it hopefully flushes the system out a bit. Starting a running program will help me focus on healthy living rather than just popping over the pub. I've had a pain in the hip and a numb sensation in my foot but it seems to have eased off now so I'll try to start cycling to work this week to get the fitness bit off the ground. I think it might even help the problem if I ran and cycled a bit more.
I've had a really bad week. I think coming off holiday and going straight back to work didn't help. I was self-medicating with booze and total rubbish food.
I'll hopefully get into it now that's out of my system. I'll try and fast but also borrow a few of the palieo ideas and avoid bread, potatoes, milk and anything processed. I'm also planning on cutting alcohol out for a few days and then try and stick to the recommended units.
On the exercise front I'll start the beginners program again tomorrow and start cycling to work a few days as well.
All good intentions, I’ll see how it goes and hopefully report back with some progress next week. I’m feeling positive though and I think getting back to a program of exercise will be good for my focus.
CR, I've heard people sometimes say that they actually gain weight while training for a marathon. I think it might be something to do with a theory that long slow exercise tends to increase appetite.
I think the Paleo diet sounds plausible. We haven't evolved at the same rate as our diet has changed. I suppose adding refined grains and processed food stuffs is a bit like putting Formula 1 high octane fuel into a 1930's diesel tractor. I think some of that is also true about the fasting ideas as well. We weren't designed to have a fully stocked fridge/freezer or 50 odd takeaway deliveries at the end of a phone line.
I think all of these diets, however valid; tend to be up against a tremendous problem. We have so much freedom to eat whatever and whenever we want and an industry taking advantage of that fact and the compulsion we have to binge. Have a look in any big supermarket and consider how much wouldn't be there if we all suck to 3 meals a day that we cooked or prepared from whole food ourselves and had a pint in the pub instead of a 24 pack of Carling in the fridge.
Check out Zoe Harcombe. She seems to have some heretical ideas on the food industry and some of the advice we've taken for granted for the last 40 yrs.
I've seriously gone off the boil since last March (2013). I'm feeling pretty bad this Monday as last week was spent on holiday in Tenerife.
I was doing ok up to this time last year then I had an upset stomach while on a skiing break. I ended up not really eating for 5 days. I had been doing really well up to then and I lost even more as a result of the illness. When I was back home though, and confident that I had a toilet to myself rather than on a plane, I started gobbling comfort food like mad and found it hard to stop.
I need to get back to it. Part of my problem though is that I had a knee op and was advised against running. While I think exercise doesn't burn significantly large calories, compared to what you eat, I do think it is key to losing weight because of the positive lifestyle choice you are making and the general feeling of wellbeing. It helps to focus you in other areas, namely the most significant part of what you eat. Hence I'm considering having another go. I think in the long run it would be better to get the constant weight off my joints even if that means doing a bit of intense exercise 3 or 4 times a week.
On top of that I think I'll get back to 5:2. I know it seems radical but I found it helpful and the theory seems quite logical when I looked into it. Some research suggests that it targets only fat where as traditional diets tend to also lose a small amount of muscle mass as well, although only 3-5% from memory, but that wouldn't seem ideal for runners.
I think the other big thing is avoiding any processed stuff. I think a lot of damage has been done by products that are marked as 'Low fat/calorie' or diet.
Starting today 15st 1.75lb. Gasping for breath even when waking and about 80bpm resting heart rate, quite high for me.
Mikasa, how much do you want to lose? Your picture doesn't suggest any great excess. Though mine probably doesn't either, it was taken on my only 10k about 5 years ago.
For the science behind fasting try and find Michel Mosley’s Horizon programme 'Eat Fast and Live Longer' on You Tube.
It's true that more human trials need to be done to back up the claims that seem too good to be true but they might take a long time. One of the contributors to the documentary, who was researching dementia in mince though said in his opinion the current data suggested the implications for humans would be 'very good to excellent'.
As far as training goes if it’s true that fasting doesn’t reduce lean mass (muscle) then it seems better than constant calorie restriction. But I think you’d have to fast on rest days.