Sunday, 25 April 2010

Apples and Pears

image As I posted recently, I've analysed my eating habits, made some tweaks and ended up with a 1,500 calorie per day regime.

And in 3 weeks, I have managed to lose a whole kilo (approx. 2.2 lbs).

Oh well at least I lost rather than gained them, but it's slow going and about 1/3 of what would be the ideal; to lose 2 lbs a week. For that, obviously, I'd need to exercise regularly too, but I don't yet see how I can possibly achieve it.

My BMI did work out at 30 and my diet plan (coincidentally) worked out at around 1,500 calories per day, about which the now perhaps not so Innocent drinks note on their blog, "So if you want to lose weight and your BMI is over 25, then you should try and reduce the calories you eat to 1500 kcals per day  (for a woman) and do some sort of physical activity at the same time."

Mind you, it had taken me 166 days to lose the previous 2 kilos (4.4 lbs), so I think this represents an improvement and gives hope that the plan will work.

Currently, I weigh 77 kilos (12 stone 2 lbs) or 170 lbs, which is better than the 80 kilos (12 1/2 stone), or 176 lbs at the start of this exercise last year.

This still leaves me in the obese bracket, however. Of course I'd like to get back to the 120 lbs (or thereabouts) that I was in my 20's, but I am a realist. For much of the time I was in Tenerife, in my 30's and 40's, I hovered around 65 kilos (just over 10 stone), 143 lbs, so I'll make that my optimum goal.

(128 lbs would be ideal for my height: 148 lbs would be high.)

So I haven't qualified as slim for years, but I didn't trip over into the "you too would be disgusted if you saw me naked" category until I was prescribed Amitriptyline (Elavil) for my fibromyalgia when I got back to the UK.

Doctors readily prescribe this abomination (probably because they're told to), because it's cheap, I'm informed. It's also known that one of its side effects is excessive weight gain. Then the same doctor takes one look at you and tells you (when you already walk several miles a week) that you need to exercise.

This whole scenario should be against the law on the grounds of cruelty.

Anyway, if I could merely lose another 7 kilos (15.4 lbs) it would be a start.

But even if it's slow, I now think it's doable, which gives me a light at the end of the tunnel. Apart from the fact that I really would like to look less like a sack of potatoes in a bin bag, I do hope that reducing some of the strain, particularly on my back, hips and knees, will reduce some of the pain I suffer.

But pure weight is not the only problem. If I'm honest, just looking at myself, I can tell that I'm now leaning towards the Apple shape. A waist size of 34 inches, against a height of 5' 3" (63") puts me in the 'pear-apple', Take Care area.

It could be worse, of course, I could have gotten all the way over to the red area, but I'd rather attempt to reverse the process now before it's too late.

As they say, "Someone with an apple shape will face greater health risks than someone who has a pear shape, even if they are both overweight."

I was interested to read also that, "According to Nancy Snyderman, M.D., high levels of testosterone in the body lead to body fat being stored in and around the abdominal area." And yes, I do know that women can also have high levels of testosterone too, because I was shocked when I was tested and did.

At least I now know why this is, though I fear people with fibromyalgia and chronic fatigue probably have all sorts of hormone irregularities.

"A low-glycemic diet is the most beneficial in helping apple-shaped people lose weight. An example of a low-glycemic diet is the Mediterranean diet."

That's the sort of diet I eat naturally, (just wish it was in the Med!)

And the best sort of exercise: walking and stair climbing.

Handy tool here: Weight Conversions Calculator

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