Where Do You Stand

06/20/2011

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Tie: Are you the biggest loser?
Guy: No, I over indulged on the last night, so I wasn't as low as I expected to be.
Tie: What are you talking about? I was asking about your social status. 

© Jonathan Kroupa 2011
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The Biggest Loser

posted by : Jon Kroupa on 06/19/2011

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The Diet:

This is the pyramid diet that is used on the TV show "The Biggest Loser." The specifics are:

  • 4 servings of fruits & vegetables
  • 3 of protein
  • 2 whole grains
  • 1 snack (200 calories or less)

If you are still hungry after these items, you can have extra fruits and vegetables, though you need to eat as many vegetables as fruit.

One other thing I'd like to point out. It's subtle, but there could be a negative connotation taken with the name of this diet.

The Experience:

I didn't have much difficulty as far as being hungry. The serving sizes are about 8 ounces for each food item, which was quite refreshing. My snack was typically a Cliff Bar, because I had a coupon to get $1.00 off the purchase of 4 and they were on sale. I don't think they really qualify as a snack though.

This week I was preparing for a half marathon, so I jogged 24.43 miles. I also did my weight lifting, a couple of classes of Aikido, and played ultimate frisbee for 2 hours. It was a hot week, and my A/C hasn't been enabled in my apartment. Short story summarized, I was sweating quite a bit all week. My weight fluxuated a lot on a daily basis.

The Result:

Throughout the week I seemed to be losing weight as I tracked my progress each morning, but it is possible I was simply becoming increasingly dehydrated. I think there might be something to a strategy of sweating off weight and then making sure you don't eat enough to gain it back. As long as it isn't overly unhealthy to be constantly be thirsty.

I lost 2.2 pounds, which is a little bit disappointing because at one point on Saturday I was down 6.6 pounds for the week. This was just after I had finished a 10 mile run in the morning before eating or drinking anything. Unfortunately I squandered my opportunity for huge gains by drinking, of all things, water, the heaviest thing you can have. I also had way too much for dinner, and I suspect I would have been around 3 pounds under this morning had I not over indulged the night before.

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