This summer I’ve been dabbling in something called the Slow Carb Diet. I haven’t adopted it fully because I didn’t want to make an overnight change that I wouldn’t be able to sustain. Now I know that I can do it long term because I’ve tried all the stuff that it entails. Then this month I kind of fell out of it and went back to eating fairly crappy.
I’ve been reading the book The 4 Hour Body by Tim Ferriss and he talks a lot about how tracking leads to results. It doesn’t have to be counting exact calories, but as long as you do something you get better results. Something as simple as taking a photo of your meals helps you get more aware of what you eat and how much. So here’s the plan for me. I’ve connected my pretty much unused Flickr account to this blog. I intend to take a picture of every meal that I eat, even if it’s just a snack. I haven’t made up my mind on whether or not I will upload pictures of myself at this stage. I might later on, but for now I’ll settle for measurements. These will be taken every week or more frequently.
According to Tim Ferriss I should be measuring the following things: Hips across the navel, waist at the widest point, mid-thigh and mid-bicep. I’m doing those and I’ve also added chest across the nipples. I’m taking all of the measurements in a relaxed way, except for the biceps, where I bend the elbow but don’t flex the muscle. So here they are.
Height: 180 cm (5’11”)
Weight: 111 kg (244.2 lbs)
Hips: 119 cm (46.8 in)
Waist: 111 cm (43.7 in)
Chest: 118 cm (46.5 in)
Left thigh: 84 cm (33.1 in)
Right thigh: 85 cm (33.5 in)
Left bicep: 37 cm (14.6 in)
Right bicep: 39 cm (15.4 in)
The measurement that is the most interesting to me right now is the waist, since I usually wear 38 inch jeans.
Alright, so this is the start. I already had some success losing weight this summer doing this, but that was on no exercise whatsoever and with only a cursory knowledge of the Slow Carb Diet from reading a quick rundown on a website. Now I’m armed with the book and I’ve started doing some running and floorball during the weeks. I’m also going to review what I eat to make sure I don’t do something stupid that way.