I was like, no freaking way. I’m not fat by most standards. I exercise at least once a week. I got a Silver for last year’s IPPT, been underweight for most of my life, and I’ve never had to worry about my weight, ever.
But then again, I have gained 5-6 kilos since college. The tummy was starting to show through my work shirt. Ever since I stopped dancing hip-hop, I’ve done a lot less exercising and a lot more sitting. If I didn’t do something about it today, I’m going to turn into one of those middle-aged men who can touch his steering wheel with his belly.
It’s time to nip this problem in the bud.
The Slow-Carb Diet
I’ve tried several times over the past year to watch my weight, but I never really attempted it seriously because I didn’t think it was that big of a deal. I’d eat healthy for a couple of days, and then I’d snack on half a can of Pringles whenever someone offered me one. I’d devour two pratas whenever the cravings came up, telling myself that “I’ll work it off tomorrow.”
I lacked a clear, structured, set of instructions on losing weight. The information online was ridiculously conflicting and confusing, and everyone seemed to have an opinion on it.
That changed when I picked up a copy of Tim Ferriss’ book The 4-Hour Body. I’m a huge Tim Ferriss fan – Ever since I read The 4-Hour Work Week a couple of years ago, I’ve been inspired to approach life as a neverending series of tests. Why should weight-loss be any different?
In his chapter on fat-loss, Tim talked about the Slow-Carb Diet, which is essentially a diet that follows 5 basic rules:
- Avoid “white” carbohydrates
- Eat the same few meals over and over again
- Don’t drink calories
- Don’t eat fruit
- Take one day off per week and go nuts
You can find the elaboration of these rules on my LifeTest page, but that’s the gist of it. I was convinced by Rule #5, which I think makes this diet particularly sustainable compared to others, as I talk about in my previous blogpost.
The Slow-Carb Diet also has thousands of success stories, so I was like, what the hell, let’s try this out. If I don’t see any progress after a month, I’ll go try something else. But if it does help me to lose weight, this could be a game-changing boost in self-confidence.
So that’s really it – I’m gonna try to reduce my weight by 5 kilograms, which will put me right smack in the middle of the “Healthy BMI” range (I’m now towards the higher end of it).
I’m started off last Monday (29 Jul) with a weight of 70kg, and a waist measuring 33.5 inches. I’ll be blogging my progress, struggles, and thoughts every week on my LifeTest Log page, so check it out if you like.
To a sexier tummy!