So, Dear Readers, I’ve been “dieting”, that is, changing my lifestyle now for nearly a week, with some success. Lots of people have their own advice, their own stories, their own beliefs. One fascinating discussion is about whether one must or will necessarily be hungry when eating right. My contention is that most overweight people feel hungry, defined as a desire to eat more, if they have a negative calorie balance.
As one super-hot physiologist has pointed out, there are ways to mitigate this.
I say “mitigate” because I really think that there are some people who, if the follow the evidence and do everything right, are still going to feel pretty hungry. The evidence does give us hints at how to help, though, and I hope Isis will lead me in that direction.
My writing, and hers as well, is an experiment—one between two professionals, one of whom hopes that making his struggle public may inspire or help others—but there are pitfalls to this type of writing.
Nothing in this exchange is aimed at you. Everyone is different. Not everyone who’s BMI is above a particular number needs to lose weight, and their are many safe and unsafe ways to approach diet and exercise—in other words, find your own professional, cuz me and Isis, we ain’t it.
So I did pretty well today. My back was screwed up, but I did the stupid thing and took some medicine, lay down for a while, then acceded to PalKid’s demand for a bike ride, which was long and involved actual physical work.
My lunch was a yummy salad with a hard boiled egg on top and some local cantaloupe. I had a snack of a some low-fat mozzarella cheese when I got home, but unfortunately, I did something wrong, got really hungry, and ate a pretty big (albeit healthy) dinner. Kiddo wanted Japanese, and most of the local Japanese places are run by Koreans, and I had some rice noodles stir-fried with lots of veggies, which was surprisingly short on oil (but still an overly generous portion). I’m also having a nice, cold beer tonight.
Still, overall, I’ve eaten far less, and exercised far more than I normally do, and hopefully this will be the new normal.
There’s been some chatter in the blogosphere about what type of exercises achieve what goals, but my current exercise goal is to just do some, improve my strength, endurance, and self-esteem. If it doesn’t help me lose weight, I can live with that for now.