Thursday, January 28, 2010

John's Amazing Diet Secrets Revealed!

Now, at last, I can reveal the top diet secrets that doctors have been keeping from you! Yes, this is how I lost an AMAZING 9.9kg (21.8 pounds) in just 6 months doing absolutely no exercise at all.

Put down those weights, step off the StairMaster and follows these amazing simple steps to a better figure:


In April 2008 I decided that my 82.5kg (181.9 pounds) was too much for my height. Ideally I should have been 72kg (158.7 pounds), so I needed to lose 10.5kg (23.1 pounds) to be my ideal weight.

It's this image of me that really decided me to lose weight. Nothing like the shape of that stomach in public.

So, I read up on dieting and digested The Hacker's Diet. I ignored almost all the advice except for one thing: you can stuff your face with calories far faster than you can burn it off. That revelation lead me to the Colarie.

A single can of Coke is about 147 calories. How much exercise does it take to burn that off? Well just running it would take something like 15 minutes. And I thought why run? Just don't stick the stuff in your face in the first place.

So, I eliminated all soda and drank cold water instead. I also stopped ever eating sweets (candies). But that wasn't enough, I decided that I needed to eat less.

So, I simply looked at whatever food I was eating and ate about 50% of it and left the rest. I didn't order desserts, I stopped having sugar in coffee.

And, boy, was I hungry at first. After a while I wasn't hungry any more and I think I enjoyed the taste of food more. After a while the amount of food I was eating was simply less than before and I was no longer forcing myself to stop.

That was helped by eating slowly. By doing that I discovered when I was full and stopped eating. I didn't stop eating particular foods (other than the particular nasties like Coke, desserts and sugary snacks), I ate a wide variety of things (including foie gras and other delicacies). I just ate less of it.

The weight fell off me. Here's the magic chart:

I never quite made it to my goal, my weight stabilized at around 72.5kg (158.7 pounds) and remained there. Now whenever it goes up a bit I know what to do.

(BTW I'm not saying don't exercise, there are lots of good reasons to do exercise, but I don't think weight loss is one of them. Do it because you enjoy it, do it because it clears your head, etc.)


Weighing yourself is vital. I made it a ritual so that I got consistent results. Your weight will vary throughout the day so I had a simple technique:

1. Same time, same day each week: I weighed myself on Saturday mornings, immediately after getting up (after visiting the bathroom) and before eating.

2. Same situation: I always weighed myself naked so that there were no inconsistencies.

3. Once: I weighed myself once on that Saturday morning and recorded the result. I didn't fret about the result. I didn't reweigh myself.


I kept all the weight data in a spreadsheet. From that I could draw an encouraging chart, and calculate how many more weeks were needed for me to reach my goal. And I could calculate my BMI (which seems like a bogus figure to me).

That's it: eat less, eat well, keep track.

PS I did do some exercise. During this period I didn't own a car and walked everywhere or took public transport. I was working at home and frequently would walk outside to get some sun and clear my mind.


grant said...

Yeah, BMI is of questionable usefulness for many reasons. But especially worthless for active folks with above average muscle mass.

Anyway, good job. I lost a lot of weight about 8 years ago and have kept it off through selective vigilance.

Simon Zerafa said...

Hi John,

You may have discovered for yourself the dirty secret about dieting and losing weight.

In a related topic check out this lecture called "Sugar - The Bitter Truth" which may open your eyes about dieting and nutrition research:

Robert H. Lustig, MD, UCSF Professor of Paediatrics in the Division of Endocrinology, explores the damage caused by sugary foods.

The lecture is about 1h 30m long but worth watching and will confirm what you have found with regards to sugary drinks.

Kind Regards


PDM said...

Yes by all means eliminate the sodas, and the artificial sweeteners and all the other crap they try to pass off as food these days.

There is an idea that is a bit similar to this one at the Health Journal Club. The idea is to only eat foods which have been around for 100 years or more, hence no high fructose corn syrup soda. It's pretty interesting.

John Mudd said...

cool, sounds close enough to my own revelations.

I've since fallen off the wagon but I'm in the process of getting back on. Your blog is just the encouragement I need.


FleckerMan said...

PDM, when you look at the chemsitry the difference of HFCS (a 55:45 Fructose:Glucose mix) compared to sucrose (50:50 Fructose:glucose) is so minor, that it's really not going to be a major factor in the obesity epidemic... While there are early studies suggesting Fructose may be ever so slightly worse for you than glucose, it's really a tiny difference we're talking, and is so small a factor, it's not worth worrying about. Big Food's propaganda adverts in the US saying HFCS is essentially the same as sucrose are (perhaps disappointingly) accurate... While it only exists because of sugar import taxes and corn subsidies, it's not actually evil, or a significant factor to blame for fat people being fat!

Don't necessarily disagree with the idea of only eating things that have been around for 100 years, interesting idea! HFCS is perhaps a bad example though, :)

Craig said...

Just shows how well the old expression, "everything in moderation" is and that we don't need an expensive pill to fix everything. Cliff Manchester says the same sort of things in his program

Mark said...

I agree with continued moderation proper diet and what also has helped me with
Weight Loss and maintaining the goals that I have reached. Is water intake approx 1 oz per 2 lbs of body weight. Cheers drink up! It really helps when you are very tired or hungry.

Matt the Whey Protein Guy said...

First off congrats on losing 21 pounds. I lost 30 myself and most people think it's extremely hard but really it just takes discipline. People need to realize that organic fruits and veggies are a great way to start but also a lot of weight gain can be due to not just eating but drinking too.

I recently wrote an article over here on Cokes or Diet Coke? Which is Better For You? Check it out for some great additional info.

Johnson said...

Joe the Weight Loss Guy said..

I just sent this post to a bunch of my friends as I agree with
most of what you’re saying here and the way you’ve presented it
is awesome.

I also blog from time to time on this stuff. In fact, here’s an
expert from my most recent blog post…

In conjunction with reducing your food intake, it is advised that you reduce the amount of sweets or junk food that you eat. For fast weight loss, you will want to completely eliminate junk food from your diet, even if it is only for a short period of time. This means that if you want a snack, you should grab an apple or an orange instead of a chocolate bar or a bag of chips. With candy and other sweets being high in calories, you may see a significant decrease in your calorie consumption by eliminating them from your diet.

The complete post can be viewed easily on the following page…

How to Lose Weight Fast

Keep up the good work.

John said...

I once came across a guy that advised "eat like a gourmet", better quality food but less of it and spend some time appreciating what you are eating. Ever noticed how quickly overweight people eat?
I am trying to put forward realistic weight loss tips in my blog

Ants said...

You mentioned you did not reach your ideal weight. Exercise probably would have help you reach your goal.