Being a lady of a certain age, (oh alright then I’m 52) I am discovering the delightful world of post menopause. Or, as I like to call it, reverse puberty.
My body is going through quite a number of changes some expected and some less so. For instance, where the hell have my eyebrows gone? One of the things I was aware of was the dreaded middle aged spread.
As a fairly active person who has a healthy diet and no history of weight gain I didn’t consider this to be much of a problem.
I was wrong.
Not catastrophically but a bit.
I decided I would have a body composition analysis. These provide a snapshot of muscle versus fat levels in the body. The process is not perfect but is a useful tool none the less.
The result was I was slightly overweight with a BMI over 25.
My muscle mass was very high, which did not surprise me but unfortunately so were my fat levels.
I’m reasonably tall and have always been slim and even still appear slim because my weight gain was hidden. Hidden around my belly near my organs, which is the worst place to store fat.
My cholesterol levels are very good and I have always had consistently perfect blood pressure but I knew I had to make some changes.
My diet is very healthy; I very rarely eat any processed food and have a lot of fruit and vegetables but changes had to be made.
I had read a very interesting book recently called The Diet Delusion by Gary Taubes. In it he argues that our diet information over the last 30 years has been wrong and that a low fat diet is ineffective and it is sugar that has been the main cause of the obesity epidemic.
Whilst it was well written and scientifically rigorous it was a difficult proposition for me to accept, I mean a calorie is a calorie isn’t it?
Or maybe not.
As my health was good and there was no pressing need for drastic measures I decided to try a little weight loss experiment to lose those kilos.
I looked at my diet and saw one area for improvement which was what I call the sugar treats area. I realised if I was bored or tired I would have a low nutrition, high sugar snack. Nothing big or very calorie dense but I figured I could dispense with these and see if that made a difference.
Every time I felt like one of these sugar treats I first determined if I was genuinely hungry; most of the time I wasn’t. Occasionally I was and in those times I would eat something that I liked and was nutritionally useful. Sometimes that food was nuts, sometimes fruit but calories did not come into it. And after a few days I didn’t even miss the sugar and once I even realised what I actually wanted was a big glass of water.
I didn’t change anything else at all and my meals and exercise routine stayed the same. I haven’t even given up sugar but it is no longer a daily habit.
I am happy to announce it worked, I have already lost 3 of the 8 kilos I needed in the first month and most of the weight lost has been from the stomach area. It is amazing how targetted it has been.
I don’t think there has been a time in history where any group of humans have had such an abundance of sugar in their lives and nearly all of the food is nutritionally useless. High fructose corn syrup is a disgusting item and needs to be avoided at all times; and no one ever, ever needs a soft drink.
So lose weight now, ask me how…