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A couple of months ago I posted saying I'd gotten my weight down to 92kg, which was the magic number for a healthy bmi (24.9).

I've now reached 83kg, which puts me at a bmi of 22.5, which is right in the middle of the healthy range. My parents have scales that measure body fat percentage, and for a long time mine was usually around 22-25%. It's now 15.5%. My fitness has also increased a fair bit, and I've found my endurance during basketball games to be better than it was before.

So overall, a pretty major success :)

Date: 2009-04-28 04:43 am (UTC)
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Date: 2009-04-28 04:58 am (UTC)

Date: 2009-04-28 04:59 am (UTC)
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How have you achieved this?

Date: 2009-04-28 05:45 am (UTC)
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Okay, here's the fine details. Hopefully this comment won't be too long :)

I started out by eating whenever I felt hungry, but only very small amounts at a time, just enough to stop feeling hungry again. It kind of ended up that I'd have breakfast, morning tea, lunch part 1, lunch part 2, afternoon tea, dinner part 1 and dinner part 2, that sort of thing. This also meant I started taking my own food into work so I could have little portions, rather than going out to lunch for just the one larger meal.

The idea there was two-fold - it's supposed to speed up your metabolism because you're eating more often, but it also gets your body used to eating only as much as it actually needs. And in my case that turned out to be significantly less (and I honestly didn't think I was eating all that much in the first place). The result is that my stomach has literally shrunk, so now I feel hungry less easily and get full more easily. It's worked incredibly well.

As far as exercise goes, I was previously playing basketball once or twice a week and going for walks 2 or 3 times a week. Now I practice basketball an extra couple of times, play indoor beach volleyball once a week and also do a little bit of running and swimming (weather permitting).

The exercise part is obviously a bit of a bigger time commitment, but the dietry part has been surprisingly effortless. Having to prepare food to take to work has been the only extra thing I've had to do. A really easy way to manage it is to cook a big meal and then freeze it in lots of little (and I mean really little) containers to use later.

Hope that answers your question!

Date: 2009-04-28 08:18 am (UTC)
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Thanks for this, Also congrats on the loss :)

Date: 2009-04-28 10:45 am (UTC)
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Thanks Tom, that is really interesting. All these crazy diets people go on and just common sense eating seems to work! Go you!

Date: 2009-04-28 05:15 am (UTC)
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Well done mate -- will be expecting you to get down quicker at volleyball this Thurs ;-)

Date: 2009-04-28 05:46 am (UTC)
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Despite any fitness increase, running on sand still seems to be a significant hurdle. But I'm getting there :)

Date: 2009-04-28 05:25 am (UTC)
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whooohooo (c:

Date: 2009-04-28 10:34 am (UTC)
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Well done :)

Date: 2009-04-28 01:28 pm (UTC)
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Well done. :)

Date: 2009-04-28 09:30 pm (UTC)
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