28 Day Alcohol-Free Challenge

Although I don’t drink much, I drink consistently and I’m wondering if it’s adversely effecting my metabolic rate and increasing my triglycerides.

I’m looking for something to jumpstart my weight loss, since I’ve plateaued at 157 pounds. Okay, so I’m 5′ 7″ tall and work my core muscles a lot, so that could account for some of it.

My BMI (Body Mass Index), which was taken on 26 May 2017 was 29.4. My weight fully clothed was 159 pounds, with no allowance made for the clothes. Still, I’m within normal limits.

However, my waist circumference was 36 inches. The requirement by the company that did the biometrics required by my insurance company is less than 35 inches. So I lost on that score. I’ve got to lose weight if I want to reduce my waist circumference. Exercising alone won’t do it. Some guy Steve works with who works out a lot, who doesn’t look like he has a pound of fat on him, lost on that score too. I guess the message is not to work out and build muscle – at least not your core muscles.

My triglycerides were 155. I lost on that score too. They had to be below 150.

I’m trying the alcohol-free approach for 28 days to see if it makes a difference. Steve’s doing it too.

Now I’m not going to get crazy with it. If somebody shows up to visit and wants to go for dinner and drinks I’m not going to be a party pooper, just to stick to a plan. But that probably won’t happen. Having fun is an important part of life.

Years ago I read somewhere that people who don’t drink any alcohol are more likely to be fat, than those who do drink alcohol. My observation has been that there is a lot of in-between, and there are all kinds of drinkers and non-drinkers. People tend to like to put everything into two categories, like for and against. Life and human behavior aren’t that simple.

Alcohol is an appetite stimulant. Wine and beer are my alcohol choices, except when I go out, then I often have a cocktail or two, or one cocktail followed by a wine, only because it’s quick-acting and relaxes my dystonic muscles to a point where they don’t distract me from having fun.

We’ll see how at 68 years old no alcohol affects my weight – at least for 28 days. All other things of course won’t remain the same – nothing ever does – so there is nothing scientific about this little study. I’m going to be the subjective and objective voice here. Nothing wrong with that.

Starting tomorrow – lol – today’s our day off.


Check this out> https://fat-freechef.com/2017/06/28/even-moderate-drinking-linked-to-changes-in-brain-structure/






 

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Weight Loss Aids

Weight loss aids are not meant to allow you all you can eat whenever you want to eat it, while losing all you want to lose.

Weight loss aids assist you in your goal to eat less. That’s it. That’s what they do, when they’re actually being effective in doing it – and like all substances, they’re not always effective.

Your body/brain gets accustomed to the method, makes an adjustment to it, then out of the blue, it no longer works as it once did, so you have to search for something else. And you do that. We all do it. Keeping weight off is a complex process when you like to eat – and most of us do.

I used to worry about using some weight loss aids long-term and their possible harmful side effects, but that isn’t a concern any longer, since the aids stop working before that harm is even close to becoming harmful. For instance by blocking the absorption of some vital nutrients.

So, what I’m slowly finding is that those aids, once given up by me, need not be given up forever. Go back to what once worked every now and then and it will work again short-term.

That’s what we need to look for in any aid. Short term. Long term always leads to dependency and we don’t want that additional burden.

Go easy on yourself during the discovery process of what works for you and doesn’t. It’s upsetting, I know, to find something that works, only to wake up one morning and it no longer does the same job the same way. That’s nature taking care of its birds. YOUR LIFE MATTERS.