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    VHALKYRIE   16,242
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Resuming Where I Left Off

Monday, July 09, 2012

Last night I shared how I "unlocked" the secrets of manipulating my metabolism. I thought it might be interesting to share the data I collected that lead me to my revelations.

4/22 last year I started an excel spreadsheet. I struggled losing fat, and I though taking data scientifically would help me pinpoint the answer. I was shooting for Zone diet ratios of 40c/30f/30p. I expected that I was overeating calories, and I wanted details.

The details, however, eventually led me down a different conclusion.

Carbs: 155g | 44.83%
Fat: 47g | 30.59%
Protein: 85g | 24.58%
Weight: 135.6 lbs
Bodyfat: {Unknown}
Lean Mass: {Unknown}

Carbs: 152g | 48.45%
Fat: 39g | 27.97%
Protein: 74g | 23.59%
Weight: 134.6 lbs
Bodyfat: {Unknown}
Lean Mass: {Unknown}

By 5/12, I realized something was wrong. I lost barely a pound despite an average calorie deficit that should have had me losing 4lbs over the month. I lost nothing since my measurements on 5/4. The normal answer was because I was close to goal weight, it's harder to lose. Except I wasn't near goal weight. I started tracking bodyfat - I was shocked it was almost 36%! It was infuriating because my execution that month was near-flawless.

Carbs: 152g | 46.91%
Fat: 52g | 36.11%
Protein: 55g | 16.98%
Weight: 134.4 lbs
Bodyfat: 35.72%
Lean Mass: 86.14 lbs

Fortunately, I am not one to be dissuaded or discouraged. In fact, this kind of setback can be an extreme motivator for me.

Sparkfriend JustBirdy pointed me in the right direction, and I researched paleo diets. After even more research, I settled on the "Protein Power" low carb plan from Drs. Michael and Mary Eades. By the time I made the switch on 5/20, I lost no additional weight or measurements since 5/4.

Carbs: 89g | 30.30%
Fat: 55g | 42.13%
Protein: 81g | 27.57%
Weight: 134.4lbs
Bodyfat: {Unknown}
Lean Mass: {Unknown}

Eating more protein/fat and less carbs scared me. I tiptoed my way in. I didn't know if I was doing the right thing because it flew in the face of everything I was told about weight loss. Except what I was told about weight loss wasn't working. Thus the seed of rebellion was planted. Maybe it was time to question the establishment.

Two weeks later, I got a surprise.

Carbs: 83g | 29.10
Fat: 57g | 44.96%
Protein: 74g | 25.94%
Weight: 131.7 lbs
Bodyfat: 33.86%
Lean Mass: 86.64 lbs

I lost 2.7 lbs since 5/20, and my bodyfat measurements showed it was all fat loss! No muscle loss, and even managed to put a little on!

At this point, I had no more doubts. By November 2011, I was 126lbs with 28% bodyfat and ~90lbs lean mass. I went from a snug size 8 to a snug size 4. I no longer actively sought weight loss because my schedule became very busy. But I maintained it through the holidays, a college schedule, and a long extended vacation because of wedding/honeymoon.

Now I'm ready to resume where I left off.

Member Comments About This Blog Post:
VHALKYRIE 7/9/2012 6:56PM

    4A-HEALTHY-BMI: Agreed! Keeping track of info really is the best way of finding out your needs.

STARTINGINLIMBO: Sorry to hear that. If you did Protein Power, then you know that the ratio of HDL/Trig is important, and the LDL type. I'm not sure what my cholesterol is (nor am I worried about it), but my blood pressure dropped significantly.

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    I did the protein power plan years ago and it got my weight down nicely, but my cholesterol was awful....

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EATNBOOGERS 7/9/2012 5:44PM

    I'm really glad that you have something that works for you!

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4A-HEALTHY-BMI 7/9/2012 2:56PM

    I can definitely say that it helps me to

1) lift
2) eat at least 150g of protein per day

Glad you found what works for you! I suspect that many of the successful folks have to do similar experiments on themselves. I sure did!


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VHALKYRIE 7/9/2012 10:04AM

    DOLLFACEDX: Hope you find something useful!

BOB240: That was from last year when I was still learning. :) I'll post current results soon. I don't want to say anything too early because I know there will be skepticism until I have more concrete examples. More later...

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BOB240 7/9/2012 9:59AM

    Looks good.. Actually from the last spreadsheet you are still a little low on protein to maintain LBM. - It is hard to get enough protein and I usually throw in a protein shakes or eat Greek yogurt

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DOLLFACEDX 7/9/2012 9:25AM

    Sounds like you're on to something here - gonna read your previous blog...

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