[Non-IT] A bit of a success story



  • Wow. Just looked at the calendar and realized that it's two monts since I took a serious approach to what kinds of stuff I eat, and metabolic changes started kicking in.

    My blood glucose is a happy steady near-flatline around 73-76 mg/dL (4.05-4.2 mmol/l) for weeks. I spoiled it once by trying instant coffee, and another time by a "sugar-free" lozenge (well, fuck Ricola), but recovered amazingly quickly.

    I now go past bakeries and don't feel cravings for anything bread-like — something I used to graze on. Well, almost. I kinda remember that shit was good, I just don't feel like I need it right now, for the love of the Almighty Adipocytes. I think that's a success. Earlier it always depressed me a bit.

    Also, I shed 14 kilograms in these 2 months. Fucking fourteen kilograms! That's how much four newborn babies weigh.

    And I feel productive longer than before. Earlier, I could feel for all day as if I'm not totally awake.

    Now that's a bit of success, even if only a little one...

    (I just created this topic to have something to refer myself to when, like today, I feel depressed after another mind-numbing 9-hour work day of writing fucking JavaScript to parse fucking XML from a fucking API I need to integrate with.)

    P. S. Paging @gleemonk



  • @wft said:

    My blood glucose is a happy steady near-flatline around 73-76 mg/dL (4.05-4.2 mmol/l) for weeks. I spoiled it once by trying instant coffee,

    What effect did the coffee have? Was is stuff added to the coffee? I wouldn't have thought that coffee would have much of an effect by itself.



  • @boomzilla said:

    What effect did the coffee have? Was is stuff added to the coffee? I wouldn't have thought that coffee would have much of an effect by itself.

    It was plain instant coffee (Jacobs Kronung of sorts, or Nescafe something) with plain hot water. Instant coffee is rather high in carbs, and to organism is almost like sugar, were it not dark-brown and bitter.

    I emphasize the instant bit, because regular espresso doesn't have this effect.



  • @wft said:

    Instant coffee is rather high in carbs, and to organism is almost like sugar, were it not dark-brown and bitter.

    Oh...I didn't realize that. Looking around, it seems to vary by brand.



  • Also, me and my fiancée learned to bake shit similar to this to eat with coffee:

    [img]http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-mPM6bSOmQy8/UMnySNXDTPI/AAAAAAAAL2Q/GgKSqzulmYg/s1600/DSC_3006.JPG[/img]

    It can raise blood glucose by, maybe, 10 mg/dL, for a very short period. And it's totally low carb/ketogenic. A perfect "comfort food". A funny thing I don't want much of "comfort" foods anymore.


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    I just ate two pizzas and a blackout cake. Maybe I should follow your example.

    The last time I tried to eat healthier, I managed to do so for 4 weeks. I lost 6 pounds that month. Then I broke up with my girlfriend and ate a metric shitton of chocolate.



  • @wft said:

    Also, I shed 14 kilograms in these 2 months. Fucking fourteen kilograms! That's how much four newborn babies weigh.

    Christ.

    I lost like 32lb last year... unfortunately I've put most of it back on since, so need to get back on the weight loss.



  • Well, it's not even half of the story, I have something like 22 kg more to lose...



  • I had another 16ish pounds to lose, just stuff got in the way, work got busy and shit, I developed a bit of a drinking habit and it kinda went wrong there.
    I'll get back on it in the New Year. Need to stop smoking at some point too.

    Good luck!


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    Congrats! I need to lose about 30lb, myself.


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    @FrostCat said:

    Congrats! I need to lose about 30lb, myself.

    I need to lose around 20lbs. I'd love to lose 30 as well.


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    I don't need to lose pounds, I need to get it to convert into real energy instead of hanging around in case of emergencies...



  • You could also try Xylitol. It's a sugar alcohol which does not raise the blood sugar levels (thus making it ideal for diabetics), has about 40% less kJ in it than table sugar and is metabolized in such a way that's actually a caries-preventative.

    Has the same taste and sweetness as table sugar, though if you eat it raw then it has a slight whiff of menthol (but only if you eat it raw). Can be substituted for table sugar 1:1 which makes it usable for cakes and stuff.

    Downsides: It's a bit on the expensive side (10 € for 1 kg). May cause diarrhea if you snorf it down like mad (though you'll quickly build up a tolerance). And it's absolutely deadly for dogs (not kidding there. Dogs seem to lack an enzyme which causes them to metabolize the stuff like humans do methanol, with similar results. Cats? Totally unaffected).



  • @Rhywden said:

    You could also try Xylitol. It's a sugar alcohol which does not raise the blood sugar levels (thus making it ideal for diabetics), has about 40% less kJ in it than table sugar and is metabolized in such a way that's actually a caries-preventative.

    Xylitol is partly digested (that's why diarrhea), so it actually affects (mildly) BG levels. Not as badly as maltitol and maltodextrine (commonly used in chewing gum), but still. I did many experminents on myself, xylitol notwithstanding, so I can tell. 😄 That 10 mg/dL raise in my BG after that cheesecake comes chiefly from it, as a matter of fact.

    Erythritol, OTOH, is completely inert towards digestive tract, and effect on BG is a total zero. The downside: it doesn't cook like sugar at all. It retains its winterfresh taste even after you cook it (there's no way you can melt it, even in the oven). It's less sweet than sugar (xylitol is sweeter to me than sugar, so not exactly 1:1).

    We use erythritol mainly for homemade ice-cream.

    I keep a supply of both erythritol and xylitol.



  • Do what I did. Discover a benign tumor1 embedded in your jawbone that's been suppressing your metabolism, get it surgically removed, then watch your metabolic rate magically double or triple and now you're hungry 100% of the time while still losing a bit of weight no matter how much you eat... It sucks having to buy food now that I can no longer subsist on 1500 Calories2 per day.

    1Honestly no big deal, the words just make it sound scarier than it was.

    2kilocalories



  • Your picture looks pretty slim. @wft looks like his retaining water too, that's not fat. He would probably look less round just by calming down.



  • @wft said:

    And I feel productive longer than before. Earlier, I could feel for all day as if I'm not totally awake.

    I get that quite frequently and I wonder what the causes may be.

    Did you stop eating wheat altogether?

    @wft said:

    That's how much four newborn babies weigh.

    Congrats on kicking the baby-eating habit. I found pig to be an acceptable substitute.



  • @gleemonk said:

    Did you stop eating wheat altogether?

    Sometimes I use wheat gluten, when it makes sense. I'm not gluten-sensitive.

    Also, vodka FTW.



  • @wft said:

    Sometimes I use wheat gluten, when it makes sense.

    Gluten good for the pig-substitute. What about other grains? Do you eat them?

    @wft said:

    Also, vodka FTW.

    Vodka is a poor substitute for beer 😦



  • Nope. No grains, no fruit. Almost no digestible carbohydrates.


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