Well, hot damn! I've lost another 2.3 pounds since last week's weigh-in. I started off, on January 31, at 301 pounds, so I'm dangerously close to breaking—finally—the psychologically significant 290 barrier. It seems a diet of curry chicken, spaghetti, budae-jjigae, leafy greens, and spaghetti squash really can steer one toward better health. I'm close to admitting that Gary Taubes may, in fact, be on to something. I've treated this entire project as one big scientific experiment testing Taubes's theory that carbs lie at the root of the problem: carb intake spikes insulin, and insulin spikes fat production. That's the chain of causation in a nutshell; it's not about calories-in/calories-out* or about exercise.
So perhaps next week I'll be able to face the world and say, as John McCrarey just did, that I've lost ten pounds. I'm hopeful that I'll reach the ten-pound mark next week; weight loss has been remarkably, reassuringly steady at roughly 2 pounds per week, which is the ideal healthy rate of weight loss.
And it's not as though I don't indulge my sweet tooth. I buy sugar-free juice mixes. I also buy heavy cream and bitter chocolate powder, mix those puppies together with Splenda in my food processor, and come out with something remarkably like chocolate pudding. (As a chocoholic, I've got to have my chocolate.) I'm not like Charlie Martin, who eats actual M&Ms (in moderation) as part of his health regime. I've been very good about not ingesting processed sugars. Not an iota of table sugar or brown sugar or corn syrup in my diet.
Hitting the ten-pound mark, while awesome, is a little premature to justify going off-diet and having a carb-filled celebration. I'll do that when I've lost twenty pounds, and even then, I won't fall too far off the wagon.
Regarding exercise and other body stats: I may start exercising once I've officially lost the ten pounds. I have a feeling that the next ten pounds won't be as easy to lose, so I'll have to kick-start my metabolism through greater physical effort. And a recent trip to Target showed me that plenty of measuring devices are available for purchase: blood-pressure monitors with extra-large cuffs run for around $70 or $80 (yikes), and blood-sugar monitors for diabetics are also in stock for a few tens of dollars. So I've got some purchases to make.
Meantime, I'm looking forward to continued good news next week.
*I found Taubes's arguments against calories-in/calories-out to be the weakest part of his Why We Get Fat. If Taubes is correct that no correlation exists between caloric intake and fatness, he needs to explain how it's possible to starve oneself into gauntness.