Oh Hai 200′s!

I broke through the 300 pound barrier today and got to 298.9! Look at all these people celebrating for me

In all honesty I have no idea how long it’s been since I was in the 200′s. It’s probably been 10 years or so, but that’s a guess. It’s just been a long time.

The other milestone reached was the 60 pounds lost (check out the right sidebar). I’m also only a few pounds away from the halfway mark of this loss journey. I have no doubts about reaching my goal, but I do know that the challenges will be different for the remainder of this.

I’m likely to plateau at some point and will have to figure out what to do at that point. It’s likely that I’ll try intermittent fasting to break through that barrier when the time comes.

I’m definitely taking this diet further than I’ve seen other people on reddit/blogs/etc. take it. The typical rule of thumb is that you don’t need to count calories and that you just eat the right things until you are full. That’s perfectly true, but I’m data driven. The ability to see what I’m eating and what it does to me day to day gives me more control and consciousness over what I actually need. This allows me to keep my calorie intake lower than what it might actually be if I wasn’t counting. This also leads to faster weight loss.

Counting calories on any diet (especially low carb) isn’t for everyone. Losing weight slower is still losing weight and getting healthier. It comes down to a personal decision; if you feel stressed because the weight isn’t coming off as fast as you think it should then stop paying attention to the weight and pay attention to your food. Specifically how the food you eat reacts with your body. If you’re eating what you consider “enough” food but you’re still hungry a few hours later then you’re doing it wrong.

Learn the science behind how the body processes different ingredients. Dive into the how and why there are different requirements for different minerals. Read the peer-reviewed and independently produced studies on weight loss, food affects, and obesity. There are even some low-carb authors that are well respected but have an agenda beyond helping you get healthy. Keep a critical eye. I just look at what happened with Atkins. Low carb works, but they took it too far. With processed shit sitting in the grocery aisles with their brand on it. You don’t need to eat processed foods to survive, in fact that’s how I got to 360 pounds (and likely higher) in the first place.

One thing I’ve learned so far on this journey is that you don’t need “replacement” foods. I don’t need to make a low-carb doughnut or brownie. I need to remove the emotional attachment to doughnuts and brownies in general because the rest of the world doesn’t have a problem ingesting that much sugar and carbs. I don’t need it.

Whatever way you choose, stick to it. But remember that in order for you to keep the weight off you’ll need to continue that way of eating and living after you’ve reached your goal weight. The only difference being that you can start eating the maintenance level of calories again so you don’t keep losing weight and dive into the underweight health problems.