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30 June 2016

Weigh-in: 138.9 lb lost so far: 0 lb still to go: 6.6 lb Diet followed reasonably well
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09 June 2016

I love seeing how that weight curve has been coming down since January. I have gone from 67.5kg to 62.6kg - a loss of 4.9kg! It's been slow and it's been hard work but yeah, I am getting there. One really great thing is that I am able to wear clothes that have been at the back of the wardrobe for over a year because they were too tight.

I have been using a mix of different methods to lose weight. I started out following the low carb high fat method found on dietdoctor.com and this really helped to stabilise my appetite and make me feel less hungry.

I also got a blood sugar meter and began checking my blood glucose levels. They were up in the pre-diabetic range. I joined a group on Facebook called Reversing Diabetes and learned how to modify the LCHF diet further to bring the blood sugars down into the normal range by increasing fat even higher and reducing the amount of protein I was having. This also helped me to lose some more weight.

Things were still going very slow and sometimes stalling so I looked for further methods to get the weight off. I came across Michael Mosley's 8 Week Blood Sugar Solution Diet https://thebloodsugardiet.com/ - still a low carb high fat plan but cutting calories to 800 a day for up to eight weeks. I tried following this and it is great for shifting the weight but I was finding the severe calorie restriction very hard to stick too.

Another method I had read about was fasting, mainly from a doctor called Jason Fung who writes and has presentations on the Diet Doctor website. He says that fasting reduces the amount of insulin circulating in your body and this reduces hunger and promotes fat burning. You can fast for 18 hours, 24 hours or for even longer periods.

I am now combining intermittent fasting with LCHF and the Blood Sugar Diet. I have found that the easiest way to keep the calories at around 800 is to skip breakfast (though to be totally honest, I find 900 an easier number to aim for than 800). This means that I am fasting from 5pm the previous evening after my dinner until 1pm the next day when I have lunch - around 18 hours. I am finding that I don't really feel hungry when fasting and I can have two good sized meals at lunch and dinner so it doesn't really feel like I'm 'dieting'. I try not to have snacks but if I do feel the need I will have a few berries or some nuts.

I have also been trying to walk a lot more. Michael Mosley says to aim for 10,000 steps a day. I downloaded a pedometer app on my phone to help me monitor my walking.

So here's hoping that I can keep it up and reach my goal of 60kg and then maintain it.

I also hope that this information could help other people here that are feeling stuck with their weight loss.

09 June 2016

Weigh-in: 138.0 lb lost so far: 0 lb still to go: 5.7 lb Diet followed reasonably well
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02 June 2016

Weigh-in: 138.5 lb lost so far: 0 lb still to go: 6.2 lb Diet followed reasonably well
   add comment on diet mercurym's own diet   losing 1.9 lb a week

01 June 2016

Weigh-in: 138.5 lb lost so far: 0 lb still to go: 6.2 lb Diet followed reasonably well

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