Here’s Andrew’s week 2 check-in (see “Andrew’s Challenge: 20 Pounds in 31 Days“).
My total inches is the same as last week but the measurements are changing a bit for each body part.
As of 3 days ago [before his weekly "cheat day" on which people who use this system need to eat a lot of high-calorie foods that temporarily make weight spike--LR], I had lost 3 lbs, 2.5 of which came off that 2nd week. I only lost .5 the first week.
I am expecting great results this week and I am going to step up running and hit the pool (cool water draw heat out which burns cals!).
I am very far from 20 lbs my man but the pursuit is still hot!
Andrew isn’t currently on target to reach his goal of losing 20 pounds in 31 days, but having lost 2.5 pounds this past week, he’s much closer now than he was, and 2.5 pounds lost healthily is a big weight loss success by practically any measure.
His first week may have been affected by some eating habits he changed for week two, specifically cutting out significant amounts of of corn (which is often thought of as a vegetable, but which is actually a sweet grain) and drinking grapefruit juice on cheat days only. Tim Ferriss, the author of the Slow Carb Diet that Andrew’s following, recommends grapefruit juice on cheat days to help process carbohydrates more effectively–but on non-cheat days it’s not an allowed food, as it contains a lot of fructose, which interferes with the physiological processes the 6 days a week of proteins (including legumes at each meal) and vegetables are supposed to create.
In terms of motivation, Andrew’s clearly still pushing for a major success, and the results of his second week suggest that he was right to persist but look for things he could improve after a disappointing first week.
Here’s a further update from Andrew, the following day:
Day 15 of 31: Weigh in?? 198.8. That’s 1 lb less than yesterday and seems normal that it is still 1 lb elevated above my low weight recorded. When I checked the weight on the day of my last cheat day, the day after cheat day and two days after, I had an elevated weight and then it tumbled off again quickly starting day 2 of the new week i.e. Tuesday. Let’s see what week 3 brings now.
I swam 500 meters today and I’ll run a few miles tonight before dinner or before bed. I will swim 1000 on Wednesday and 1500 on Friday. I will keep my running miles at 3 miles or less and work some sprints into the routine on Saturday morning before my cheat day begins anew.
I notice that my stomach does not tell me I am hungry until almost 2 full days after cheat day has ended. I think it takes my body that long to work out the garbage food and to coordinate itself again with the vitamins on day 1 of the new week and after the vitamin rest day after binge day.
For those who have chimed in to help me, I should begin to see a good amount of weight loss for the rest of this week 3 and then for week 4.
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