Adventures in Weight Loss!



S – 1200 kcal consumed, 0 miles walked, 200 kcal exercised:  0 pts

S – 950 kcal consumed, 0 miles walked, 0 kcal exercised: 0 pts

M – 800 kcal consumed, 1 miles walked, 0 kcal exercised: 10 pts

T – 480 kcal consumed, 0 miles walked, 0 kcal exercised: 50 pts

W – 990 kcal consumed, 2 miles walked, 0 kcal exercised: 20 pts

T – 1000 kcal consumed, 2 miles walked, 0 kcal exercised: 20 pts

Last week’s weight: 102.8 kg

This week’s weight: 100.2 kg

Weight difference: -2.6 kg (+25 pts)

Total ponts: +125


Now that’s a bit more like it! Although, I must admit, I reckon the bulk of the weight loss this week occurred due to Tuesday’s illness, where I slept for most of the day and wasn’t really all that interested in eating…

I’ve had some really great support and my mates over the last few weeks, and a good number of them have contributed by way of advice. It seems that a lot of people have set themselves on the course to weight loss at some point in their lives, and a greater number still are keen on keeping themselves fit and healthy. Who says Scotland has a health problem?

One interesting thing I’ve noticed is the great emphasis placed on exercise – Some have even gone so far as to suggest that dieting is not as important as increasing the amount of exercise that one does. I’d like to address this one first off; While exercise is vital in boosting the body’s metabolism, it’s not necessarily the most effective method of losing weight on its own. The body is startlingly efficient in the way it extracts energy from its stores; it’s why we don’t collapse in shock at the end of a long day of hiking across hills having depleted our energy reserves.  It is for this reason that, in order to achieve any meaningful weight loss via exercise alone, a prodigious amount of time must be spent expending energy.

There are, of course, some suggestions that lean almost entirely the other way. Some have proposed diets of limited types of food, or the removal of specific foods from the dieter’s intake. This sort of thing must be managed exceptionally  carefully. If one were to suddenly simply stop eating and rely on burning their fat reserves to provide energy, they would find themselves malnourished incredibly quickly, as they lacked the regular intake of vitamins and essential materials the body needs to maintain and repair itself. Indeed, if someone were planning on embarking on such a diet, I would be advising them to ensure that they are eating sufficient alternative sources of their vitamins and nutrients, and to monitor their health to make sure that they were getting enough of the right stuff.

Of course, the crux of the matter here is that different diets work best for different kinds of people. For people as driven as my sporty friends, an exercise-rich regime is perfect. It delivers the physical challenge they crave, and allows them to spend time refining a skill without them feeling as much of the obligation to ‘starve’ themselves. For people concerned about the quality of the food that they are putting into their body, the restricted diet style allows them to control their intake. By limiting consumption of the ingredients that act counter to the goal of weight-loss, people on restricted diets  can achieve weight loss and healthy living through careful monitoring.

For me, I believe sitting somewhere around the middle is best. I’m sure many readers of this blog also read my comic. those who do will know exactly how little time I have, as I’m always writing, drawing, or otherwise storytelling in some capacity. As a result, I have precious little time to devote to an intense exercise regime. However, I understand the benefit of regular exercise, and strive to keep up a moderate programme of exercise. Diet-wise, I’ve chosen to go with controlling my calorie-intake. This allows me to keep to my own tastes, and permits me to curtail much of the cravings by satisfying them in a way that is manageable to me.

I’ll be the first to admit that my method of ‘eating less and exercising a bit more’ is not exactly the most sophisticated, nor is it the quickest on earth. What I’d like to do is take on the fantastic advice that’s been given to me and integrate it into my own, personal plan. What I’d quite like to do is change up the type of exercise I’m doing from time to time, so that I’m getting some variety. I’d like to identify if there’s anything that I can cut out of my diet that’s obviously hindering my chances of succeeding in my goal.

So, hopefully people reading this understand a little better now why I’ve picked the plan I’ve chosen. I need something time-efficient, that does not necessarily deliver spectacular short-term results but is, in fact, a plan for the long-run.

Keep the support and advice coming in, guys! It’s all appreciated!


2 Responses to “Suggestible”

  • Red9 says:

    Hi Manson, in my not-so-professional opinion you’ve got your scoring messed up… losing over 2kg in a week is a flipping achievement. Worth more than 25 points!!!

    Also, you should have watched the series on the BBC called, “The men who made us thin”. It covered a lot about the origins of the misconceptions you refer to in this post.

    • Chris Manson says:

      Cheers for the encouragement, dude :D But I strongly suspect that the previous week’s weight ALSO took into account the previous evening’s fairly hefty dinner still resting in my stomach, so I doubt it’s entirely 2kg lost, but I’m still feeling pretty good about getting down nearer my first milestone! Not sure the difference will show in photographs, but I’m hoping that by the next milestone, 95 kg, I’ll begin to show some real slimming! See you soon!