Measuring our Progress

A common hubris (rule of thumb) for measuring success in weight loss is a scale.

But measuring our progress on losing weight with one number makes very little sense.

Because our bodies are so complex, we need to look at more than one data point to understand how to gauge our progress.

Here are other important measuring sticks that give us data points on our weight loss progress:

  • Body measurements.
  • How our clothes fit.
  • What kind of food we buy at the grocery store.
  • What kind of food we eat at a restaurant.
  • The amount of food we eat at each meal.
  • The number of times we eat each day.
  • How much sleep we get each night.
  • How much energy we have each day.
  • How we respond emotionally to stress.
  • How much activity we do.
  • How much our joints ache.
  • How much constipation or diarrhea we have.
  • How frequently we buffer with food, alcohol, or shopping.

Our weight loss progress can be measured in how we answer each of these data points. Remember the abacus picture last week? Each of these data points would be on it’s own row and you are the one moving the beads towards or away from the direction you desire to go.

I have worked out where all the above data points are for me. So this next 6 months I am focusing on making progress on decreasing my body measurements and body fat composition. I measured my neck, upper arms, thighs and trunk (that’s my bust, natural waist, belly button waist, and hips) to get my starting measurements along with my starting weight and body fat percentage (I get this number from my home Tantita scale). My current body fat percentage is 32% and it should to be about <25% for my age and height!

After 6 months of experimenting with fasting I am tuning my protocol to whole foods (nothing processed) with a 42-hour fasting schedule 3 days a week. This means I fast Sunday, Tuesday, and Thursday and eat two meals a day on Monday, Wednesday, Friday, and Saturday. This pattern fits my lifestyle.

Also, as a postmenopausal woman the 42-hour fasting protocol is supposed to keep my REE guessing AND get my body to use the fat I have stored for energy.

Because of my age, gender and past history of yoyo dieting it will be a slow but steady fat weight loss so I need to stick with it for 6 months, giving my body the time it needs to become fat adapted again.

Because I am now more interested in losing the fat padding my body than losing weight I will keep track of my measurements and how my clothes fit.

Since fasting preserves lean muscle I may actually gain weight as my body composition changes from less fat to more muscle and bone weight. We shall see how my experiment comes out. I will share the results with you in December!

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