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Please do NOT take anything I say in my posts about fasting as medical advice.  I am NOT a physician or health specialist and have NO formal training in medicine, diet or nutrition.  I do have lots of personal experience dieting (and failing) and losing weight (and finding it again).  Please consult your doctor before you start a diet, work-out plan or any significant change in your physical lifestyle.  A word to the wise should suffice…
The end of day eighteen and the start of day nineteen…
Morning weight:  345lbs.
I am now down “28/35”.  As in, 28lbs down from my fasting start weight:  373lbs, and 35lbs down from my highest weight ever (two days before I started the fast):  380lbs.  Today’s loss is a 2lb loss, down from 347lbs yesterday.  I continue to feel an average loss of 2lbs per day are unusual and that I will start hitting plateaus any day now…
The BMI for a typical adult American male is 28.6.  My BMI (Body Mass Index) estimate is:  49.5  (Morbidly Obese)
According to the CDC, which rates a BMI of 18.5 to 24.9 as “normal” (Normal weight:  <= 173lbs for me) and a BMI of 25 to 29.9 as “overweight” (Over-weight:  <= 208lbs to me).  Any male adult with a BMI of 30 or higher is considered obese (“Just” obese:  <= 275lbs to me).  To put this in perspective, I have lost 35lbs (to date on this fast) and need to lose 70lbs MORE just to get down to the top of the obese range.  Since (in my experience) the greatest loss occurs at the start of the fast, it is extremely unlikely this fast (or any reasonable fast) will get me near that much weight loss.  And, in fact, that was never my intent at the start of this.  Please recall I was intending to fast for seven days to jump-start my diet / lifestyle change.  This remains my ultimate objective:  to get to a healthier weight level by changing my “relationship” with food AND decreasing my sedentary lifestyle (since I am retired and no longer an office worker).
And so I plod on – day by day.  My medium term goal (today):  21 days (noon this Friday).  If I can reach that date, evaluate how I feel and push on or break the fast.  I would love to be able to say I’ve lost 50lbs fasting, but that would probably be another two weeks beyond Friday and I don’t want to think that far ahead.   Today I juiced up another bunch of veggies and have enough to get me close to (if not through) the weekend.  And so, day to day…
On This Day In:
2017 Open Your Eyes (And Your Heart)
2016 Privilege Too…
2015 Otherwise Obscured
2014 Fundamentals
2013 Proof – ing
2012 Deluge, n.
2011 Hail, Caesar!
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