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Weight Watchers - John C. Kirk

May. 8th, 2006

11:15 am - Weight Watchers

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Another week on the diet plan, and I've had to make a few guesses about points values (e.g. when I've bought sandwiches on SJA duties). I think I went slightly over quota again, but I've lost another 0.8kg, so that's good; a bit less than usual for me, but it stops the website whinging at me. In fact, this means that I've now reattained my 10% milestone from last year, which is encouraging.

Going through the archives, here's a summary of my statistics so far...

Current mass: 87.4kg

Profile from last year (starting on 22-Mar-2005):
Start mass: 97.3kg
10% goal: 87.6kg (first attained on 27-June-2005, at 87.3kg, reattained today)
25 lb goal: 86.0kg (attained on 01-Aug-2005, at 85.5kg - this is the lowest I got overall, before I started putting weight back on)
Mass lost to date: 9.9kg

Effective profile from when I restarted this year (27-Feb-2006):
Start mass: 98.1kg
10% goal: 88.3kg (attained last week, i.e. 01-May-2006, at 88.2kg)
25 lb goal: 86.8kg
Mass lost to date: 10.7kg (in 10 weeks)

I do my measurements in metric, but some of the milestones on the website are fixed in imperial, so 25 lb = 11.34kg.

Looking at my imminent goals:

1. Reach 86.8kg (lose 0.6kg), to hit my 25 lb goal from this year's starting weight. I should achieve that next Monday.
Edit: Achieved on 22-May-2006.

2. Reach 86.0kg (lose a further 1.0kg), to re-attain my 25 lb goal from last year's starting weight. I should get that in the next 2-3 weeks.
Edit: Achieved on 29-May-2006.

3. Reach 85.5kg (lose a further 0.5kg), to match my lowest mass from last year; everything after that is a net improvement, rather than damage control. I should get that in the next 3-4 weeks.
Edit: Achieved on 19-Jun-2006.

4. Reach 83.8kg (lose a further 2.2kg), to get a BMI of 25 (based on my height of 1.83m). That would put my at the upper limit of the recommended range. Hopefully I can do that within the next month; I'd like to get there by the end of June, so that I've got a bit of wiggle room for birthday cake at the start of July.
Edit: Achived on 10-Jul-2006.

After that, I'll just see how it goes. I bought some trousers with a 34" waist recently (since my 36" ones are getting loose), but they're still a bit tight for me; I'd like to get back to a 32" waist. If/when I achieve that, I can adjust my goals to just maintain my current (future) weight, rather than losing more. I'm not sure whether that means I'll be able to eat more than I do now (on the assumption that I'm currently eating less than I need in order to burn up my reserves), or whether it will work out the same if I don't need as many calories to drag around a lighter carcass. Ah well, at the very least I should have a bit more flexibility to pig out on pizza once in a while.

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From:aca
Date:May 8th, 2006 10:22 am (UTC)
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Is there no simple method of estimating points based on the calorie and fat information on packaged food, or are they specificly obscure about such things to protect their interests?
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From:johnckirk
Date:May 8th, 2006 10:25 am (UTC)
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Packaged food is fine - they have a calculator on the website where I enter the number of calories and the amount of saturated fat, then that comes back with a figure in points. They don't reveal the exact formula, but this is probably the only real life example where simultaneous equations would be useful ("You can buy 2 apples and 3 bananas for £1.50...").

The problem comes if I get unpackaged food, e.g. a jacket potato with grated cheese/beans at the staff canteen, or a panini with cheese and tomato on SJA duty. I try to avoid the problem by making my own lunch, but sometimes I'm insufficiently organised.
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From:aca
Date:May 8th, 2006 10:30 am (UTC)
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Ah ok, I was assuming you were buying packaged sandwiches. :)
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From:shuripentu
Date:May 8th, 2006 02:01 pm (UTC)
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Calories Per Hour has a BMR calculator which tells you approximately how many calories you burn in a day just to keep your body ticking over, along with a chart that estimates how many calories you need to eat to maintain your weight given different levels of activity.

So for example, at my height, weight, age, and gender, I need to eat about 1400kcal/day just to stay alive. Given that I lead a moderately active lifestyle, I need to eat ~2000kcal/day to maintain my weight.
If I lost 10kg, my BMR would go down to 1300kcal/day, and I would need to eat ~1850kcal/day to maintain my weight, given the same lifestyle. That's still a lot more than what I would be eating on a diet (probably 1200kcal/day).

Have a go at calculating your BMR at your goal weight, and compare it to your current daily calorie allowance. You'll probably find that you'll be able to eat rather more when you're off the diet. :) Although remember to up the calories slowly, since otherwise your metabolism won't catch up in time and you'll pile on the kgs.
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From:johnckirk
Date:May 8th, 2006 09:29 pm (UTC)
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Ah yes, my bathroom scales do something like that - they know my gender/age/height, and they output my current mass/body fat along with two extra figures in joules/calories. I'm not entirely sure what the last two figures mean; presumably it's either the amount that I should eat to maintain my current weight, or the amount that they think I should eat in order to slim down. (It's been a while since I looked at the instruction manual.) Anyway, I'm ignoring them for now, since I don't want to maintain my current weight and I'm using the WW plan to lose weight, but they may be handy in the longer term.
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