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General Discussion / Re: Week 3 - Scales are my friend
« on: May 17, 2012, 01:50:16 PM »
You just keep at it, Morgan.

I was/am surprised to realize that losing weight is much the same experience as quitting smoking. I smoked from my teen years until I was 50. I quit several times during that period but always got back on the weed. Then one day, triggered I think by yet another astronomical raise in the taxes on smokes, I decided to just quit... in two stages. #1 rule: no smoking indoors. That cut the consumption in half. A few months later, #2... just quit. Many times over the next year I longed for a smoke, but I stuck it out. Now I wouldn't smoke anything smaller than a turkey if you had me at gunpoint.

I've yo-yo dieted all my life... like someone once quipped, I've lost so much weight I should be on a charm bracelet! Then last November I guess I was ready, spurred on by high blood pressure, a daily intake of TUMS required, and looking fat and sloppy. I read and read and read... and the more I read, the more confusing it became. As my doctor quipped "what you believe depends on who you read."

In any case, on a combination of advisors - Doug amongst them, I decided on low carb.

Within a week I just couldn't believe the difference. I felt terrific. I felt no hunger pangs. I haven't required a TUMS since day one. I had so much energy I thought surely there was something wrong with me. I walked and moved with a fluid ease I hadn't had in decades. AND///BONUS... my blood pressure dropped within 3 months from the 150/95 range to NORMAL for my age now averaging 125/75.

So keep at it Morgan. Just decide to do it... and you will.

Thank you to both Doug and Umpa for your replies.

I've been "low carbing" it for 6 months now, losing about 1.4 lbs per week on average, and feeling great.

I'm going on 73 and have been chubby since I quit smoking about 23 years ago. No one told me that I would lose weight from the INSIDE OUT. As far as I can tell I have just as much skin now as before but instead of nice, compact fat between the skin and bones, which filled out the wrinkles beautifully, now I have something that looks and feels more like wet bread and leaves me with all the tone of a deflated weather balloon!

Not complaining. Just sayin' I'm still not prepared to head to the nude beach anytime soon. Ha!

Anyway... time to put my two tiny top round roasts (about 1.25 lbs each) into a crock pot... seasoned and swimming in red wine. Will let you know what happens.

Bye for now...

General Discussion / Re: Week 3 - Scales are my friend
« on: May 16, 2012, 09:26:13 AM »
Here's my 2 cents' worth...

The most important set of scales involved in the process of losing weight are those to weigh food BEFORE you eat it, not the scales you stand on afterwards.

As I think Doug has mentioned, it's real easy to "estimate" 4 ounces of broccoli and when you actually weigh it, you find it weighs EIGHT.

Get a cheapo electronic scale and use it to weigh cheese, meat, vegetables... even lettuce!
You'd be surprised at how little lettuce there is in 3.5 oz of romaine.

And MEASURE everything too until you get good enough to know what one fluid ounce, or a quarter cup of something looks like.

Final tip that has been an enormous help in my weight loss over the last 6 months (43 lbs down, 27 to go).
I found a computer program called "Weight-By-Date" which allows me to design/record each day's meals.
It tracks/calculates the nutrients and presents the results of your efforts in colorful, easy-to-understand charts.
Take a look yourself:
And no, I don't benefit in any way from that recommendation.

Hello... I'm a new reader of yours. Love the FAT to Skinny book. Thank you.

A question regarding CROCKPOT cooking. I can't find any reference to this methodology either in the book or on this site.

It sounds as if cooking a roast (say round, etc.) in one is a sort of braising. Or is the crockpot temperature too low (I don't think it gets anywhere near 325 degrees).

Love to hear your comments.

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