My Successful Weight Loss Strategy

What I did:

  • Morning: Only when I’m hungry: some nuts OR 2–3 spoons of oatmeal with few fruits OR nothing
  • 12 PM: A typical South-Indian food — rice with some vegetable curry. But only about 5–10 spoons of rice and just enough curry for the rice.
  • Evening: Nothing or a handful of some snacks. I had a regular habit of eating Samosa or other snacks in the evenings when I was in India which is still hard to get rid of. I cheated many times by eating a lot of potato chips in the evenings which always had an immediate effect of 0.5–1 lb increase in weight the next day.
  • 8 PM: Same as lunch

Why it works

Results:

My weight data from Google Fit
  • I used to weigh 168 lb (76.2 kg) on the heaviest day. Averaging at around 165 lb (74.8 kg).
  • After following the diet, I weigh 140 lb (63.5 kg) and still decreasing. A weight loss of 28 lb (12.7 kg)
  • If I strictly follow low quantity diet, I immediately have an effect on the next day. About 1 pound (0.45 kg) of weight loss in a single day (especially in beginning).
  • However, those days are few, because on average, about 0.25 pounds (0.11 kg) a day is what I saw.
  • The chart above is taken from my Google Fit data. I know, I wish I had more data points.
  • I used to struggle to pull my belly inwards when I wear a tighter T-shirt. I didn’t have a lot of belly fat, but I would consider that a medium-sized pot belly for my body size. I also had a good amount of love handles that I always hated.
  • Now, I still have thin belly fat that is visible without the shirt, but I would look absolutely flat in a t-shirt with no struggle. Good news, the love handles are gone. They exist, but not as much as I would consider fatty. I don’t think I lost fat in my thighs
  • I noticed that the volume of my body decreased. I became a tiny bit slender.

Advantages of this diet:

  • You can eat whatever the hell you want. Consider some other diet that recommends eating a certain food only, then you’re likely eating the same food every day and you won’t like it after a while. Parties and gatherings mean that you must break your diet, but not with the diet I followed.
  • After following this for a couple of months, my body got comfortable with small bowls of food and I didn’t feel like eating a lot. It became a habit. A habit, good or bad, is hard to get rid of.

Disadvantages:

  • Humans have a natural craving for eating a lot of delicious food. How can one control that, especially when others around you are eating a lot of tasty food? Well, you will still eat that delicious food, albeit not as much as others. In my case, I was at an advantage because I was never a foodie. I eat whatever I have and move on to my work. So the craving factor was low.
  • I had no real metric to measure how healthy I was getting overtime. I was physically more active at most times. I didn’t get sick, no acid refluxes, no regrets. But what’s reality? “I feel good” doesn’t mean “I am healthy”. We need scientific tools to determine how healthy I was. And I have no idea what those tools are (maybe blood pressure machine, blood sugar level measuring machine? I don’t know) or how to get access to them. This is just me being lazy and ignorant. I did NOT feel better in one situation. You must have experienced almost passing out when you get up after sitting for a long time. I used to experience that many years ago AND after starting this diet plan. Once a couple of weeks, I almost fall down. This is definitely a sign that I am not gathering enough energy. I’m guessing that this is because I am running out of ATP buffer and there’s not enough glucose available in my skeletal muscle.

Conclusion

Body transformation from March 2020 to March 2021

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I am obsessed with Deep Learning 🧠, Productivity 👨🏻‍💻 and Space Exploration 🪐

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