Father Andrew's Hot Body Gym

July 30, 2009

Seven Months of Simple Changes

Filed under: diet — Tags: , , , , — Mara @ 2:14 pm

Yesterday I went to the doctor for a physical. It had only been 7 months since my last one, which they somehow got messed up, so they didn’t actually need me to come in even though they scheduled the appointment. So it ended up consisting of 40 minutes in the waiting room, taking my blood pressure, taking my temperature, and putting me on the scale, after which they realized I didn’t need to be there and scrambled to find something else to do with me to make it worth my while.

So basically I wasted an hour and a half of my day, but there was one thing that appointment provided me: quantitative proof that these last 7 months of CrossFit and, more importantly I think, paleo/zone eating has paid off. You see, since my last physical in December, I have lost 8 pounds, enough that the nurse and doctor commented on my weight loss and congratulated me. (Now this was a bit odd, since they never told me I should lose any weight, but apparently “this is a much healthier weight” for me.)

Now, I knew things were fitting looser and some muscle was starting to show through the flab, but I did not realize I had been losing over a pound a month. Looking at my body fat calculations I started keeping since Josh gave me calipers for Christmas (talk about a subtle hint), I have gone from 24.8% body fat to 19%. That means I have actually lost 10 pounds of fat and gained 2 pounds of muscle. While I have definitely increased the frequency and intensity of my workouts, I was doing CrossFit fairly regularly before last December. Therefore, what I really think is responsible for most of this weight loss is my change in diet.

I think it was around January that I first started paying attention to my carbohydrate intake, and it was during Lent that we first cut out all processed sugar and grains from our diet. After that we continued down the Paleo path, and for the last four months or so, I have been eating a respectable paleo diet of lean meats, dairy (I know, questionable for paleos), nuts, seeds, veggies, fruits, and lots of good fats. As my intake of protein and fat has increased, so has my satiation. As my intake of sugar has decreased, so has my body fat.

I realize this may come across as bragging, and to some degree that’s true, and I apologize. But the reason I’m writing this up and sharing it is because I hope it can demonstrate to other that this really does work. I am far from perfect: I still eat dessert on occasion; I still have bread at restaurants; I eat frozen meals for lunch sometimes; I am eating a boston crème donut as I write this (oh, the irony!) thanks to a going away party at work. Point is, I enjoy the food I eat, and I eat until I’m full. This is not a starvation routine, and I don’t count calories.

This is not a diet. It is a lifestyle. If the ice cream queen and mistress of cereal (both were consumed on a daily basis until recently) can do it, so can you. Your body will thank you.

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