It’s been over a year and a half since I last published, so I figured it might be time to check in.
I’ve been at around 270 @ 23% body fat for about a year (112 pounds net loss). I’ve remained mostly active, but I am now a graduate student in addition to working, so gym time is a little harder to come by. As a result, I’m doing my best to keep things under control on the diet side.
For a while there, weight was coming back on in a hurry. I maxed out my weight loss at about 232 pounds, and it stayed there for about two months. After that time passed, looking at a doughnut would put on 3-5 pounds. I went with a ketogenic diet to throw a wrench in the gears of my metabolism while I figure out what’s next, and the weight has been holding steady for quite some time now with minimal effort.
If you haven’t seen it, the followup study on contestants from The Biggest Loser is pretty eye-opening. Basically, it portrays what happens to someone’s metabolism after extreme weight loss, and covers some of the basics of set-point theory.
At first glance, it paints a fairly hopeless picture for anyone that loses a bunch of weight, but there’s hope – it just takes time and patience.
Current Goals: Stay focused on school and work to maintain weight, for now. I still maintain a fairly active lifestyle, it’s just time crunched. If I stay exactly where I am forever, I can live with that. It’s still a long way from where I was.
PS – 351 days smoke free. 🙂