I'm stuck on -8.2 (and I'm counting the .2) pounds. This is very good I know, but after eight weeks, you just wish it was all over. It's so much easier, and so much more fun putting weight on, than it is taking it off. I've been a bit slower this week due to a sore ankle, AND, I've been eating like a "normal" person, which in my case means I either don't lose or at worst I gain. It simply amazes me how little you can ingest in order to lose. While listening to my always-on-radio-station today, the "Zoomer" report by Libby Znaimer told it like it is. Somehow a study published in the New England Journal of Medicine seems like the law to me.
The Latest Zoomer Reports: 09/03/04
All Diets Equal
Atkins? South Beach? Or how about the Flat Belly Diet? If you’re planning to shed some pounds, you can stop fussing over which diet works best, according to a study published in the New England Journal of Medicine.
Researchers at the Harvard School of Public Health randomly assigned 800 overweight people to four different diets with varying ratios of fat, carbohydrates and protein, then measured their weight loss at six months and two years.
Guess what? All the diets produced the same amount of weight loss. They were all based on cutting 750 calories from each dieter’s daily caloric needs, in addition to 90 minutes a week of exercise. No matter which regimen they chose, dieters who completed their programmes lost an average of 13 pounds in six months and kept off 9 pounds after 2 years.
The researchers say the key is picking a diet you like enough to stick to. But there’s no need to measure carbs or fats or protein. To see results, all you have to count are calories.
If there is magic to be had, it’s in motivation. The study found that rather than the ratios of fats to proteins, it was other factors, most notably counselling sessions, that affected dieting success. People who attended sessions lost more weight than those who didn’t, he says.
And so, the Challenge goes on. If you've been looking at the chubby little girl in the sidebar, you can see that it's been on -0 for a bit. It's all about motivation apparently. I'm usually motivated towards chocolate, so it sounds like I'm going to have to take on "counselling sessions", in order to keep off 9 pounds after 2 years. TWO YEARS!!! That's such a sad thing. Why can't we just eat what we want and be the size we wish to be? It's always such a fight.
On a more optimistic note, I have managed to find a new exercise outlet that has given me a bit of a change and a spring in my step. It's my own personal version of Zumba for Zoomers. Devon's 10 a.m. (my time) class on Wednesdays is now my new favourite class. The time of day is fabulous, the music is fabulous (today it was good old surfing tunes...the kind you have to sing along to), the instruction is fabulous, and I'm very happy about this. Thanks Dev. This might be part of the answer.
Wednesday evenings will still find us in our dance class and at the pub afterward eating honey garlic chicken wings.....some things are non-negotiable. I have a diet coke instead of a beer :)
By the way..."Zoomers" are Baby Boomers reincarnated by the Znaimers.
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