Monday, November 23, 2015

Best. Diet. Ever.

Each day go to bed weighing a little less than you did the night before, say half a pound.
Weigh yourself as the evening progresses to make sure you don't go overweight.
Use whatever diet you want but don't go above your goal.

You simply cannot lose weight over the long term if you don't consistently lose a little weight during shorter periods. One day is the ideal shorter period, since that is how our lives are naturally divided up. You could have a weight loss goal every week but if towards the end of the week you are pounds above you goal, you will not be able to meet your goal for the week and you will feel bad.

The daily small amount of weight lose puts you in control of an attainable goal and you can see progress every day. And if you do somehow find yourself above your goal for the day it is not likely to be so much that you can't make it up the next day.

The scale is no longer an evil device that taunts you in the morning by showing you how badly you did the day before. It becomes a useful tool, or even your coach, keeping you on track for another successful day of weight control.

So what do you eat on this diet? You should eat whatever lets you meet your goal and feel good. If you eat a big breakfast and lunch during the day and weigh yourself before dinner to find that you have already exceeded your goal, you have a problem. You will have to change what you eat during the day. There are millions of suggestions about what to eat to lose weight. Try those that sound appealing to see if they help you meet your daily goal. Try an exercise routine. You are in control. Find what works for you. There is probably not one eating and exercise plan that works for everyone.

But remember that there is one obvious yet often overlooked fact that IS true for everyone. If you don't lose a little weight every day you will not lose weight. It is simple math. If you go to bed a little, or a lot, heavier than you did the night before you will not lose weight.

And your body is naturally on your side, losing weight constantly throughout the day as it functions. What you have to do is find what combination of food and exercise allows you to let this process work in your favor.

Wednesday, August 12, 2015

Pounds in - Pounds out

You will lose weight if the weight of food you put into your body is less than the weight lost between meals.

Do not confuse this with calories in - calories out because, at best, this just shifts the focus to the abstract idea of calories. You want to lose weight, pounds, not calories. So why get all caught up in calories and how they translate to weight? Let's just look at weight.

We can call it the pounds in - pounds out diet.
If you eat and drink less by weight than you lose every day you will lose weight.

1) Weigh yourself.
2) Go about your day.
3) Before you eat or drink, weigh yourself again.
4) How much did you lose?
5) Don't eat and drink more than that weight of food!
6) Go back to 1.

That's it.

How much will you lose?

Each day you will lose the amount of weight you do not put back in with food and drink.

The most you can lose is by not eating or drinking anything, that is by fasting.

Lose 2 pounds, eat nothing. You lose 2 pounds.

But this cannot go on too long and it's not much fun.

So try eating half of what you lose.

Each time you weigh yourself you can eat and drink half of what you have lost.
This is why I call it the Zeno diet.

Zeno's Paradox of Weight Loss: It's really quite simple!

Zeno's Diet
Guaranteed weight loss!

Most diet plans seem to be making a crucial mistake.

If your goal is to lose weight then you should focus primarily on the weight of the food you eat, not calories or exercise or food choices. These should be secondary to the primary goal.

Your body loses weight as it metabolizes and excretes.
Your body gains weight when you eat and drink.
There is nothing else to it.
Sure, there is a very complicated set of systems in your body to process the food and make your body run, but from a weight perspective this is all a "black box" of mystery that seems to confuse everyone. Nonetheless, I do not think there is any contesting the fact that the weight of food you eat will immediately add to your weight. There is also no contesting that while you are not eating your body weight will go down from the functioning of your body.

When you eat and drink you are putting the weight of the food into your body. So you gain the weight of the food. If you weigh 170 pounds and eat one pound of food you will weigh 171 pounds immediately thereafter. From that point on, as long as you don't eat or drink, you will start to lose weight as your body functions.

So, if you want to lose weight you must put less weight of food into your body than you are losing.

Weigh yourself.
Record the weight.
Do not eat or drink.
Before you eat or drink weigh yourself again.
Do not eat or drink more weight than you lost.

This morning I weighed 168.
I go to work and do not eat or drink.
I go home and weigh myself.
I weigh 167.
I eat .5 pounds of food.
I weigh 167.5
I go to bed.
Next morning I weigh 167.
Start again.