Progress Update: Starting New Again

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Fat man with a Beer Belly

Fat man with a Beer Belly

June of 2017:  I have started diets so many times in my life.  This time, I lost over 50 pounds, and then I fell off the wagon per se.   I could have just given up like so many time before, but this time I have decided it will be different.  I need to stay healthy.  I took my last physical fitness test 45 days ago, and I have put on 20 pounds in that same period.  It is hard to believe that it came back so quickly.  I hope that writing my progress reports again nd exercise will help me do what I need to get back on my path toward better health.  

Last weekend, I read a book called the Obesity Code

One of the things I did to lose weight over the past 12 months was to avoid non-whole grain and white foods.  It was very successful for me, but the weight came back as I went back to many of the foods that got me in trouble the first time.  My problem is that I have a sweet tooth and love carbohydrates.  I absolutely adore potatoes, bread, pasta, and rice, but it does not love me.

So, I will start new tomorrow.  I have my medical physical on Friday of this week, and the writing is on the wall that I need to change my life.  I had several high blood pressure over the past two weeks.  The good news is my lab work came back, and I have a 2.5 percent risk for heart disease in the next ten years.  That is not great, but it is also not bad.  I have a total cholesterol of 220 with an HDL of 65.  If I can bring down my LDL, I will be doing much better.

Weight: 215 pounds
Body Fat: 23%
Waist Circumference: 39″
Blood Pressure: 123/74 – 171/91 over six measurements
Total Cholesterol: 220
LDL / HDL: 160/65

So, how do I plan to change?  I had decided to start by kicking the sugar and artificial sweetener habit.  I love Diet Coke, but it is time to kick it to the curb.  I also have to say no to white foods again, and I need to make it near permanent.  Then comes the last thing, I am going to start with a 2-week period of fasting during the day time hours.  I will start at midnight and end at dinner time.  I will post again in 2 weeks about my progress, and we will go from there.

I know this sounds crazy, but the newer research makes it clear that fasting is healthy and it appears to lower insulin and leptin resistance.  Over the next two weeks, I will post more on the research, soon.  Wish me luck! 

 
Footnotes
[1]Fung, The Obesity Code.
Fung, Dr., Jason. The Obesity Code. Greystone Books Ltd, 2016.
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ChuckH
I am a family physician who has served in the US Army. In 2016, I found myself overweight, out of shape, and unhealthy, so I made a change to improve my health. This blog is the chronology of my path to better health and what I have learned along the way.

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