Update April 2015: Living Lean has been updated since I wrote the entry below. Please understand that my comments do not refer to the current program.
Back in April 2010, I posted an entry titled Not Obese, Just Overweight. I said:
Back in December 2009, I weighed about 220 pounds, for a BMI of 36 which is well into the obese range, according to the National Institute of Health’s Body Mass Index calculator. Yesterday I weighed in at 174 lbs for a BMI of 29. This means that I am no longer obese.
I just wanted to publicly celebrate this fact. From here I plan to continue to use the process I’ve outlined elsewhere to get down to the 150-160 range. 150 is the heavy end of normal weight for me, but somewhere in the 150s would content me because I exercise five days a week and some weekends, so I wouldn’t be surprised that the regular BMI tables overestimate my fat levels. When I get to the point where I keep my weight stable for a month or so, I’ll buy a few new clothes.
By the summer of 2010, I had gotten down to 169 lbs. My weight was stable for awhile and I did wind up buying new clothes. I went from 38″ pants down to 34″ and in shirts I went from an XL size down to a M size.
Today I weigh 206 lbs, 36″ pants are a little too tight but 38″ pants are a bit loose in most cases. Instead of being the example of permanent weight loss I hoped to be, I’m an example of weight cycling. I apparently have a lot of company, according to a 2007 study from UCLA. About two thirds of people who diet gain it all back. I’m still a bit better off than when I started, just not dramatically so.
I could try to explain to you some of the upheavels in my life since summer 2010 that put me back on the road of emotional eating. I could complain about how the Living Lean program consistently failed to honor the 40 minute biking workouts I did every morning and so made me resistant to retaking the class. But I feel like those would be unproductive excuses. I’m writing this blog entry simply to be intellectually honest. I didn’t want to leave you with the impression that I had found the secret to keeping weight off. I seem to be just another Yo-Yo, weight speaking.
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