Saturday, June 13, 2009

White Devils

I detailed my eight month treadmill desk experiment here and also my water drinking, and noted that neither of them caused any net weight loss. I'm sure I must have swapped some muscle for fat in those eight months, but as the water drinking was accompanied with a reduction in my soda drinking habits, I was expecting some sort of net weight loss. But no dice.

Of course, I started doing the Reams program in solidarity with The Boy and, much to my dismay, it worked. So, now I'm eating a largely vegetable diet, with meat two, three (okay, sometimes four) times a week. And there are things I am not eating.

No white flour. No white sugar. No white potatoes. Also, no corn syrup, and really, I'm not supposed to be eating corn (unless it's white corn on the cob). I do have popcorn and soda at the movies.

Well, I guess it's not mystery where my extra pounds were coming from. I've lost 20 pounds in two months. Without any exercise at all. I'm not supposed to exercise too much yet though I am finally back on that a little bit.

My interpretation of the various food prohibitions fall into two categories: Some foods are bad because they are actually harmful while others are bad because they take up the space you'd normally have for nutritious food. Shellfish, pork, protein bars are examples of food in the actually harmful category--something about the high protein content. (Again, this is my casual impression. I'm not claiming to understand this.)

Sure has made weight loss simple, though. If you call this living....


  1. How come I rarely see comments from any of you guys any more over there? You're obviously reading, but not commenting. What's the deal.

    I am repeating the same question I just asked at TY.

  2. I've been reading a lot less. Not just Althouse but everyone. Just been crazy busy lately.

    A lot of the Althouse comment threads are too much work to sift through, you know? The signal-to-noise ratio has gotten too low.

    So I do comment, but I can't really invest the time like I used to, for a variety of reasons.

    Also, her heart's not in the blog at the moment. I'm happy for her, but she's not (currently) bringing the magic.

    Or, I'm just not seeing it. Perfectly possible that it's me. But that's kind of the nature of online life, you know? Very volatile.

  3. I spent a lot of time away early in the year because I was sick of politics and esp. the trolls. Then there was the move. I've been back for a while, but was still surprised at the seeming exodus. ...even though the trolls have certainly kept me from bothering many times.

  4. Combine MODERATE diet with MODERATE walking. You will probably lose weight slower, but like you mentioned, you will live.

    Anything that you dislike consistently is not sustainable.

  5. Well, I'm way beyond this now. Weightlifting, some jogging, and I've tried a variety of diets—though they pretty much all steer clear of white devils.

    I don't remember what weight I was when I wrote this, but the numbers are meaningless at this point, with the muscle growth.


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