My appetite has returned. My exercise routine has not. Thus ...
Start weight: 220 pounds
Last week: 208
This week: 209
Total loss: 11 pounds
I actually had one reading of 208, but went with the prevailing 209 so as not to "cheat" and set myself up for 210 next week.
The recent visit with Sandra and Byron introduced me to a book called The Testosterone Advantage Plan. (Available at Chapters and Amazon.) Byron says he's trying it and finding it useful. Turns out I had the book on my bookshelf already, but I'd never opened it.
It's a nine-week plan from the people at Men's Health Magazine which purports to exploit and enhance the male body's own testosterone to achieve a stereotypically manly physique. Its diet premise appears to be a higher-protein Mediterranean diet, with about one-third protein, carbs and fats. It postulates that fat has a role to play in making testosterone, that protein is helpful to enhance the thermic effects of eating (that is, the calories you burn processing the food you ate), and that carbs aren't all they're cracked up to be. I haven't reached the workout part of the book yet, but the preliminary chapters hammer home the concept that to burn fat, you really ought to be building muscle, since muscle-building is heavy metabolic work, and the body burns more calories when it has more muscle. Sounds fair.
So far, so good. I can totally agree that more muscle = more calories burned, and more muscle = good lookin', and that paying attention to protein intake etc. is generally wise.
I'm slightly skeptical of the book's "(almost) everything you've been told about eating and fitness is dead wrong -- and we're right" approach. The authors pick apart studies that support the old low-fat diet concepts, being especially harsh on studies with small sample sizes. However, their own sample size is something like a dozen guys. And for all their hype about testosterone, they don't actually test for testosterone at any point in their studies.
Having said all that, I'm not crying "bullshit" over the Testosterone Advantage Plan. At this point, *any* prescribed diet and exercise program, followed carefully, would likely do wonders for my body. So I'm going to keep reading, and try to use the authors' motivational hyperbole to get me lifting weights again.
I only have another month and a half in the Un-Weighted project, so it's time to see if I can crack 200!