Today begins a "year of hell" as I've dubbed it. What it means is that I've decided to make a lot of sweeping changes to my diet. I'm 485 pounds, and I need to be less. Don't get the wrong picture here; I'm not immobile, or can't dress or clean myself. My last few full blood work ups at physicals has been excellent, with a few vitamin deficiencies, one that is typical of being a ginger, low iron, and another my family struggles with low potassium. But I generally need to get to a more healthy weight.
I'm starting out doing the "Potato Hack" otherwise known as the French Fry diet from Free The Animal that got a lot of attention from the blog world. It's basically a Paleo diet hack. Read more about it on that blog, he's got some great explanations of the nutrient profile and how the potato is perfect minus vitamin A. The trick is that you can't eat enough heavy potato to maintain, the nutrients give your body what it needs to attack your fat stores w/out attacking your lean muscle mass. Supposedly the weight loss is 2-3 lbs a week at start and accelerates. I need to lose a lot, so we'll see where this goes. I just want to kick things off, drop a little of the extra, and pick up some energy to make it easier to get more active.
So today it's all potato all the time, the gist of the diet is 1 tsp. of fat per medium sized potato. After that as long as it doesn't add fat it's legal, and your fat can be creative like rendered bacon fat. Today, I've made a potato soup, my wife made extremely low fat mashed potatoes, and we're baking some potatoes (I'll post recipes later). Later I'm going to try a couple methods at making hash browns to find out the quickest way to make breakfast. This should give me a really good start on having meals ready to eat this week.
Now this doesn't sound so bad, so where's the hell? No soda, I plan on splurging on that just a little since my Sister-In-Law and Brother-In-Law got us a Sodastream for Christmas. Which it will be fun to play with fizzy water, but we got a couple of the naturally sweetened syrups that we'll finish but sparingly. Drinking mostly water, which also means a severe reduction in beer, from 3-6/week to 1-2/week if any. No sweets, candy, cake, cookies, ice cream no more. I will take the occasional day off where I can treat myself, like dessert on Valentines day is almost required to share with your loved one. And other reasonable things like I won't punish visitors that don't share the dietary restrictions I'm putting on myself. The "hell" will increase as I get more energy and add an activity regimen. My wife and I are already looking at places to swim for low impact activity to start and I'll be looking for more, like the gym at work and more.
I think this is enough of a starter post. I'm going to try to post 2-3 times a week detailing what I'm eating, my weight loss progress and what I'm doing too increase activity. More to come.