This will be the last post for the year. Today’s weigh-in is 175.6 lbs The BMI for this mass is 25. This puts me on the borderline for overweight status. The increase in mass came without an increase in waist circumference. This is yet another reminder that BMI is a terrible indicator health/fitness.
This month I incorporated weighted vest training (Fitness Town Burnaby you guys are great!) to increase the physical challenge of body mass exercises. I have completed two workouts with the vest. I will report back after more workouts.
A One year review:
A year ago Meg and I went to Las Vegas. We neglected that our passports were expired. This is the rush passport photo that started some self-reflection. Approximately one year ago my photo looked as such:
|December 2016 ~ 220 lbs; BMI = 31
This photo will be in my 10 year passport to remind me of my appearance. This photo was fresh in my mind when I read The Case Against Sugar.
|May 2017 ~ 180 lbs; BMI = 25
December 2017 ~ 172 lbs; BMI = 24;
> 8 inches lost from waist.
Here I am less than one month after starting kettle bell training.
Here I am today. I would argue that the difference from 180 to 172 lbs is as great as the difference from ~ 220 to 180 lbs. My cardiovascular capacity is vastly improved. My body composition has shifted considerably from fat. My legs are considerably stronger and more dense. My legs have contributed to the increase in mass.
What is most fascinating about the change in my body composition is the idea of “starving obesity”. This is not my idea and is discussed by each Taubes and Volek in their respective works. The distilled idea is that fatness is caused by greedy adipocytes stealing energy for their proliferation, and, to the detriment of the host/animal. Spiking insulin promotes anabolism of fat which siphons energy causing lethargy, promoting inactivity and increasing fatness. This spiral of starvation and lethargy is broken by intervening at insulin. Eating in a way that keeps insulin from spiking breaks spiral allowing fat to be used for energy. Not only has this way of eating improved my health but that of my parents. My mother has experienced a reduction in her medications for metabolic syndrome related issues. The idea that adipocytes can hijack biochemistry for their nefarious proliferation may explain why high sugar, low fat eating has led to more obesity.
My sincerest thanks go to Jon for calling me “that fat white guy” and not referring to me by name. I presume your comment was not intended to be helpful … I win.