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Almost 3 years since my last blog post!

I have been toying with the idea of blogging again for quite a few months; but not just random stuff – going back to the original subject material of Internet marketing. It’s now been over 7 years since I quit my day job to start an online business and started this blog.

A year or so after starting I got an idea for a web-based software tool which I started developing in 2008 and finally released in 2009. That was IMAutomator. Around that time I decided to close down the blog so I could work full time on IMAutomator. I have started blogging again once or twice since then, but I never went back to talking about marketing material.

Weeks 9 & 10 Weigh In – Forgot last week, oops :-)

So my last weigh in was a couple of weeks ago. I have good news and bad news – the good news is that I have lost weight (half a pound) whilst not trying at all. The bad news is that I’ve fallen off the wagon quite a bit over the last week!

Week 9 was pretty good. I ate well, I hit the gym 4 times and I was feeling good. Saturday night we had a night out in Brighton but I was well prepared – I had done a gym session in the morning and we had a very nice meal out in the evening but mine was actually pretty healthy. My starter was a salad and I don’t usually do salad! It wasn’t to be healthy – I actually just love that salad.

Week 8: 2lb Gain, Ouch!

So, I came off Atkins a few days ago and yes I rebelled a bit – quite a bit in fact. I had friends over for dinner on Saturday night and we ate quite a lot – all good food though but then we went out clubbing and I drank a fair bit of alcohol. The following day I was too tired to cook and ordered in a takeaway. I also ate some sugarladen trifle which turned out to be a BAD idea – more heart palpitations soon followed! Everybody told me that if I did Atkins I’d just put the weight back on.

I’m now on the ‘Caroline’ Diet!

I’m done with Atkins and with Paleo! Can’t do it anymore! The last few days even though I didn’t have any actual physical cravings as such I just can’t stop thinking about all the yummy food I want to eat. I don’t mean junk food – I mean real, wholesome food. Honestly if wheat & rice are going to kill me off 10 years early or whatever then fine, I’ll take the tradeoff because I am a foodie! I have shelves packed full of cookbooks that I actually use, I watch food channels on TV and I even want to do some food related road trips! I can’t eat this way for the rest of my life. I feel so much better now I said it!

Week 7 (Week 1 Atkins): -3.4 Lbs

I have survived a full week of the Atkins diet! It appears to have paid off – I have lost 3.4lbs in weight and dropped around 1.5 inches from my stomach. My hips & thigh measurement are about the same. I don’t know how much of this is actual fat loss and how much is water loss – I guess the 2nd week results will be more revealing.

Atkins Diet Error, Starting Over!

I am so annoyed with myself – today I discovered that I have been miscalculating my carb count all week and that in fact I have had around 26g of carbs a day instead of 20g! The confusion arose from the way ‘net carbs’ are calculated, or labelled I should say. This happened because I read US literature but I am in the UK and use a UK food database online.

The Joy of a Full Plate

It’s not until I started this whole Paleo thing that I really thought about what makes a meal satisfying. I already know I am somebody who prefers hot food but what else makes a good meal?

Before paleo I nearly always had at least 3 components – some kind of carbs such as rice, pasta, potatoes etc, the protein – meat, fish etc, and in most cases some kind of vegetables though sometimes the veggies were missing :/

Because I don’t like all that many vegetables I have never really been a fan of the traditional British ‘meat & 2 veg’ which is a shame because that would be an ideal paleo meal!

Week 6 Weigh-in & Atkins Starts Today

No change again this week, though I reported a couple of days ago that I had lost a little under 1lb. Saturday night I went out for a meal and I knew I was starting super-strict Atkins today so I indulged completely – 3 courses including dessert! It was the most sugar I’d had in one go in the whole 6 weeks. When I went to bed my heart was racing. This is a symptom I used to experience on a regular basis, especially at night and I hate it but I never knew what it was and now I do!

Another Attempt at Carb Reduction

I’m fairly sure I have lost a little weight this week but it’s not much (less than a pound) and I am going out for a meal tomorrow night so that could potentially set me back. Even though the Paleo / Primal diet is not necessarily a low carb diet, when I read about the diet in relation to weight loss the message seems clear – it’s all about insulin and thus carbohydrate intake. Over the last few weeks I have made dramatic improvements to my diet – cutting out entire groups if food with only a few very minor exceptions and yet I have lost very little weight so far. Even though fat loss is a secondary concern – I still would like to drop the bulk of my excess fat in time for the summer!

The Calorie Formula and Significance of Metabolism

Previously I discussed why calories still matter on Paleo if you have excess body fat to lose. In this post I’ll explain the calorie formula so you can determine roughly how many calories are required per day to lose fat at a fairly steady rate.

How to estimate calorie expenditure

In the past I have always been a calorie counter. I have calculated how many calories I need based on a common formula and then calculated how much of a calorie deficit I would need to lose the target amount of fat. The theory goes that 1 pound of fat contains 3,500 calories which means to lose that fat from your body you need to work up a calorie deficit of 3,500 calories. The numbers work quite well if you work on a weekly basis. 1lb fat loss per week should require a nice round 500 calorie deficit per day.

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