Sunday, July 15, 2012

Everyone Else's Scale is Wrong

I have a brand new Taylor analog with big numbers.  A 15 pound weight (all I was able to easily lug to the bathroom) weighs 15 pounds.  It is nicely centered on zero and accords with my old scale.  I am down a few pounds out of EEEK range and everything would be so encouraging except my GYN's scale weighs 6 pounds higher, and yes, as a weight-sensitive person I weighed just before my appointment at home with my clothes and shoes on.  Ah, me.

Did anybody run across this study, reported in the Journal of Oprah and presumably elsewhere?

"Two groups of overweight and obese people were instructed to consume the same number of calories daily (1,400 for women, 1,600 for men); the difference was that one group ate a modest breakfast each morning, while the other went all out with a high-calorie (600), high-carb (60 grams), high-protein (45 grams) meal that included a sugary treat.

After eight months, the dessert-at-breakfast group had lost an average of 38 more pounds per person than the traditional dieters. An interesting twist occurred halfway through the study: During the first 16 weeks, both groups dropped about the same amount of weight. But over the next 16 weeks, the big-breakfast eaters continued to slim down (losing another 15 pounds) while the small-breakfast eaters gained back more than 75 percent of the weight they'd lost. Why? They'd started to cheat—which makes sense given that they reported feeling hungrier and had higher levels of the appetite hormone ghrelin.

Jakubowicz's golden rule for lasting weight loss? It actually seems quite simple when she boils down her findings. 'If you're hungry before lunch, you didn't eat enough protein in the morning, and if you crave a sweet in the afternoon, you forgot your cookie at breakfast.'"

Who wants to try it?

Thursday, July 12, 2012

Try Something New for Thirty Days

I have been in a Personal Development Phase recently, and I need something to amuse me while I'm driving youth around.  I listen to a lot of TED talks.  This is a good one:  Matt Cutts on trying something new for 30 days.  TED talks are like healthy snacks for your brain.  They replace popular mental tapes such as What Could Go Wrong, Should I Have Said That? and My Career Is In the Toilet.  I've found that I can tune to a happier mental state if I use techniques I've derived from my various forays into self-betterment, but the trick is, I have to keep doing them.

Three of us in the family are Trying Something New for 30 Days.  I am cutting out dairy, if you don't count the small amount of butter in my chemical psuedo-butter spread.  DD #1 is going vegan for a month.  She's already 5'9" so maybe I shouldn't worry about its interfering with her growth, though I do worry about protein a bit.  Peanut butter seems to be her main source at the moment.  The Best of Men is doing gluten-free which is ironic since I swore on our recent vacation with our friends that no way, no how was I figuring out gluten-free vegan meals.  The way it works out is that DD eats the vegie and the quinoa or whatever it is.  Attempting pizza will be interesting.

I am still tracking calories on my phone and feeling enthused about it.  It's an inexact science but I seem to be eating in the 1800 range and losing slowly.  Pecking around blogs it looks like my calories are on the high side, but my firm professional opinion is that I don't care.

I can't hang around figuring out a symmetrical way to end this post so I will finish with a knock knock joke:

Knock knock
Who's there?
Control Freak-- okay, now you say "Control freak who?"