Week 101: Weigh-in Results

13 Responses

  1. Christina says:

    Love your blog, just found it… your before and after pictures are amazing!!

  2. Kevin says:

    Tyler, I’m a big fan of your blog and your progress. You’ve been in my Google Reader for over a year, and you are a huge inspiration to me. I have about 40 pounds to lose in 2011, and I know that if you can do it, I can, too.

    I wonder if you’d consider an experiment. Yesterday I purchased and tore through the new book “Why We Get Fat” by Gary Taubes. I know you don’t want to hear it, but Gary makes a compelling case against the “calories in/calories out” hypothesis. Our bodies have evolved to burn fat as fuel, as long as we stop interfering with the process by pumping it full of carbohydrates. Carbs cause our insulin to spike, which means our body burns carbs first, and all of the fat in our fat cells just stays there, locked away.

    Anyway, I’m grossly oversimplifying a very complicated process. But I wonder if you’d try 30 days of cutting way back on carbs. And instead of waking up at 4:30 every day to do mindless cardio on the elliptical, get a few extra hours of sleep, or spend some more time with your beautiful daughter and wife. If after 30 days, you find yourself miserable and your weight loss has stopped, by all means, go back to calorie counting and early morning elliptical. It’s possible that your metabolism has slowed down significantly because you’re stressing out your body with a lack of food, lack of sleep, and too much cardio, hence the slowdown in weight loss you’ve seen in the past 10 weeks.

    You have a great platform here to open a lot of eyes – consider giving it a shot. I know it goes against the entire “counting calories” thesis of your weight loss journey, but the evidence against the “calories in/calories out” hypothesis is just too compelling to ignore. Give it a shot – what do you have to lose?

  3. Nick T says:

    Calories are calories; irregardless of source. That is terrible advice.

  4. Nick T says:

    He should zig-zag calories since his weight loss has slowed. One day eat 2500, the next, 1500, averages to 2000 a day.

  5. Kevin says:

    Nick, you’re right. But lots of evidence is starting to emerge that suggests that we overestimate because we are obese, not the other way around. Worth considering, at least. I have a BMI of 32 so am technically “obese” and am considering giving Taubes’s plan a 30-day trial in January.

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  6. Kevin says:

    We overEAT because we are obese.

    *damn iPad autocorrect

  7. I am right there with you! I was “warned” at the gym that January is going to be CRAZY. I asked how long that lasts- till March or so? The guy didn’t think it would last until the middle of Feb.

    While I think it will be a pain in the neck to deal with all the New Year’s Resolution people, I’m also glad that they’re making the choice to show up. And like you, I hope to see them in March and July and October and in January, when we’re all getting ready for the next wave of New Year’s Resolution people.

    I think one of my goals for the the year is going to be supporting others at the gym. Friendly comments, offers to be spotters, that kind of thing. Hopefully people like me (read: heavier set, trying to lose a lot of weight, a bit nervous at the gym) will be more confidant if someone helps them along.

  8. Tyler says:

    Glad you like it, Christina. Let me know if you ever have any suggestions.

  9. Tyler says:

    I have a lot to lose — like my credibility. I’m glad you like the blog, and I’m glad you’ve followed it for a while, so you should know that I’m all about counting calories and not much else. I do keep my protein intake pretty high (close to 1g per pound a day), but other than that I keep it simple. I may limit carbs down the road, but I’m going to go on a low-carb diet, which is what you’re essentially suggesting (unless I read “cutting way back” wrong).

    As far as waking up early, skipping time with my daughter, etc, you make it seem more dire than it really is. I do about 15-20 minutes of cardio a day, I mainly lift weights at the gym to build muscles — something I don’t want to stop doing anytime soon as it’s making a huge difference on my overall appearance. I don’t think my weight loss has slowed much, you have to keep in mind that my goal isn’t to race to 200 pounds or whatnot — it’s to look good, which means a slow weight loss so I don’t lose muscle. I am actually about to UP my calorie intake, not lower, to about 2,300 calories a day. If I wanted to lose numbers on the scale to have an impressive weekly weigh-in each week I’d just knock that down to 1,900 and do 60 minutes of cardio a day. I don’t want that.

    If I ever did anything I’d consider a “fad” (like 30-days of low-carbs), I’d do a Snickers diet. I’d eat snickers all day long, about 7-8, with milk. It’d sustain me, give me energy, and it’d be delicious. I’ve considered doing that before on the blog — it’d be an attention getter, probably get me on a lot of news sites and maybe even a deal with Snickers — but I’d be selling out and pointing people in the wrong direction. I don’t want that. I’m about counting calories, eating right most of the time and going crazy in moderation, nothing else.

    Counting calories and watching portions was my message yesterday, it is today, and will be tomorrow. I respect your opinion 100%, and I know low-carb works for many, it’s just not the thing for me.

  10. Tyler says:

    Oh, and I wanted to add that I go to the gym before the family wakes up, one of the main reasons I don’t workout at night anymore. Everyone is still sleeping when I get back, so I miss 0 family time.

  11. Tyler says:

    We eat because we’re obese and our body doesn’t like change. It’s not something that really needs to be studied much. We eat, get big, we need to fuel our bodies, which our bigger, so we eat more. Along the way we get accustomed to eating that much food, using it as comfort, enjoyment, etc, and it’s just a vicious cycle. The cycle is hard to stop, but it can be stopped by eating less. At 344 pounds, I had to eat 3 plates from a buffet to feel full, but now I can barely eat one plate of sushi for example without being stuffed.

  12. Tyler says:

    Yeah, I’ve talked to many people that work at my gym and it’s the same — the rush lasts until February and than it’s gone again. It’s sad. I really wish, like yourself, I could lend a helping hand (without being rude) to someone or a positive comment to keep people going. I’d gladly be someone’s workout partner to keep them accountable.

  13. Kevin says:

    Hey – more power to you. That’s great. I think you’re doing an awesome job. Keep it up.

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