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jhall52

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Diary of a fat bloke
« on: February 25, 2015, 09:25:59 AM »
Thought I would make good of this forum, and keep an online log of my progress. So without further ado, here is my starting point, week 1 (I shall assume this is from Monday):
Weight: 16 st 4 lbs
waist circumference: 40"
Chest circumference: 49"
Abdominal skin fold: 62 mm (bloody hell!)
Serum B12: TBA next month
BP: 137/75

Other: poor sleep, fatigued during day, poor memory, poor concentration, gastrointestinal upset daily, anxiety 6/10 (arbitrary scale).

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Re: Diary of a fat bloke
« Reply #1 on: February 28, 2015, 02:42:17 PM »
So, it's been only a few days, but I've noticed I'm eating less often. The last two days I've had only two meals a day, and only a quick snack prior to training.

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Re: Diary of a fat bloke
« Reply #2 on: February 28, 2015, 03:21:59 PM »
re: poor sleep, fatigued during day, ...

Poor sleep can result from any combination of multiple problems, only one of which is a high gly diet with wheat.

Look into the blue and bright light at night problem, often easily fixed with blue blocker eyewear. Do this even if it doesn't immediately fix the the sleep problem, because it's a big health risk for other reasons (cancer).

Attend to gut health. Adding a course of quality probiotics (bugs) and a permanent daily dose of 20+ grams prebiotic fiber (bug food) often results in profound sleep changes.

Endocrine issues, esp. thyroid, would be the next thing to look at, but that drags in your national healthcare rationing programme, which is likely to bungle it (mis-test, mis-diagnose, mis-treat).

re: ... poor concentration,

Going low carb grain-free may suffice to fix that. Do add ample DHA & EPA Omega 3 fat to the diet (seafood and/or supplements).

re: ...  gastrointestinal upset daily, ...


Wheat and gut health are the usual suspects here.

re: ... anxiety 6/10 (arbitrary scale).

Known psychiatric side effect of wheat, back to WWII if not earlier (a lesson ignored, of course).

re: ... noticed I'm eating less often.

That's routine for low-carb breaking the insulin rollercoaster curse.

re: ... and only a quick snack prior to training.

What does your macronutrient (fat/protein/carb) profile look like?

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Re: Diary of a fat bloke
« Reply #3 on: March 03, 2015, 06:47:08 AM »
Meant to update this yesterday, but we've all been laid up with head colds. Anyway, it's been six days. My sleep is very poor lately, as I've been waking up in agony with a shoulder injury. However...

Body weight is down 5 lbs, and my waist 1". My abdominal skin fold is now 57mm. Anxiety-wise I feel a little better than normal, although fatigue isn't helping (but back to physio soon, hopefully).

Weight: 15 st 13 lbs (223 lbs)
Waist: 39"
Chest: 48"
Abdominal skin fold: 57mm

I am having my next blood test and B12 injection on Thursday, so we shall see what, if any, change happens there.

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Re: Diary of a fat bloke
« Reply #4 on: March 03, 2015, 07:13:25 AM »

Poor sleep can result from any combination of multiple problems, only one of which is a high gly diet with wheat.
Agreed.  Mine is quite clearly due to multiple reasons, as I suffer from panic disorder, have a fair amount of stress (actually a lot), and have severe shoulder pain which is interrupting my sleep more.

Look into the blue and bright light at night problem, often easily fixed with blue blocker eyewear. Do this even if it doesn't immediately fix the the sleep problem, because it's a big health risk for other reasons (cancer).
To be honest, we go to bed pretty early, and don't have lights/TV/computers etc on at all at night.  Luckily, we don't even have street lights to bother us.

Attend to gut health. Adding a course of quality probiotics (bugs) and a permanent daily dose of 20+ grams prebiotic fiber (bug food) often results in profound sleep changes.
In all honesty, last time I removed wheat, my gut problems pretty much resolved themselves completely.  I've noticed the last two days, this seems to be the case again.

Endocrine issues, esp. thyroid, would be the next thing to look at, but that drags in your national healthcare rationing programme, which is likely to bungle it (mis-test, mis-diagnose, mis-treat).
This is where I'm in luck! I've had thyroid tests already, and our lab is very well placed for testing.  Of course, at uni I have access to some remarkably talented specialists, and endocrinology is a strong point of mine.  Nothing really raises any alarm bells here.

re: ... poor concentration,

Going low carb grain-free may suffice to fix that. Do add ample DHA & EPA Omega 3 fat to the diet (seafood and/or supplements).
I'm hoping it has some effect.  I've also come off of citalopram in the last year, and the heightened anxiety has really had the most effect.  However, the last two or three days it's felt easier to focus.  Not by much, but we shall see how this progresses.

re: ...  gastrointestinal upset daily, ...


Wheat and gut health are the usual suspects here.

re: ... anxiety 6/10 (arbitrary scale).

Known psychiatric side effect of wheat, back to WWII if not earlier (a lesson ignored, of course).

re: ... noticed I'm eating less often.

That's routine for low-carb breaking the insulin rollercoaster curse.

re: ... and only a quick snack prior to training.

What does your macronutrient (fat/protein/carb) profile look like?
In all honesty, I've never really been much of a fan of focussing on macro percentages.  However, here is a sample of my diet; what I've had in the last 24 hours:
Bacon, eggs, banana, tea.
Peanuts, brie, tea.
Curry: chicken, spinach, mushrooms, pasata, garlic, chilies, coriander, cumin, etc. (homemade), pilau rice, tea.

Should add something here.  It wasn't until my teens/early 20s, when I really began eating much wheat.  I was what you'd call a very fussy eater, and basically stuck with meat (especially red meat), fish, eggs, bananas, strawberries, potatoes, onions, peanuts and juice.  Whenever my mum made, for instance, spag bol, I would pick out all the meat and onions, and leave the pasta, because it simply tasted like cardboard.  My athletic success gradually dwindled in my late 20s, and I couldn't work out why.  Just couldn't summon the energy, and the same went for studying, even though I was supposedly doing things right, and the fat crept up on me, even if I limited food intake (which further hampered sports).  This week, I have just smashed a farmer's walk plateau (by 25 lbs, no less) and been able to increase volume in training in the first time in 6 months.

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Re: Diary of a fat bloke
« Reply #5 on: March 03, 2015, 11:55:00 AM »
 >> Attend to gut health.
> In all honesty, last time I removed wheat, my gut problems pretty much resolved themselves completely.  I've noticed the last two days, this seems to be the case again.

Average people actually have 3 separate gut problems, and removing wheat merely removes a major gut antagonist; it doesn't automatically fix all 3, which are:
1. intestinal damage / leaky gut
2. lack of beneficial gut bacteria (the bugs)
3. lack of bug food (prebiotic fiber)
You need to do 2&3 to fix #1.

>> Endocrine issues, esp. thyroid,
> This is where I'm in luck! I've had thyroid tests already, …

Did they test just the mostly-meaningless TSH (for which “normal” is usually still too high), or did you get numbers for Free T3, Free T4 and Reverse T3?

> what I've had in the last 24 hours: Bacon, eggs, banana, tea.
If the banana was ripe, it was 50% of your whole day's net carb budget.

> Peanuts, brie, tea.

How much peanut? Being a legume, it is higher in net carb than actual nuts.

> Curry: chicken, spinach, mushrooms, pasata, garlic, chilies, coriander, cumin, etc. (homemade), pilau rice, tea.
Is that pasata or pasta?
Pasta is of course usually wheat.
How much rice?
It's pretty high glycemic, contains wheat germ agglutinin (a nasty lectin first found in wheat), and is at some risk of arsenic contamination, whose immediate and long term health effects are uncertain.

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Re: Diary of a fat bloke
« Reply #6 on: March 04, 2015, 03:50:14 AM »
Hi Boundless.

No it was full bloods for thyroid. Also had 24-hour urinary metanephrines, differential wbc, liver function, ecg, neurologist tests, and a host of others to rule out almost everything. Only problem is B12.
CarCarbohydrate-wise, I cannot cut them down too much, otherwise it has a detrimental effect on my performance and recovery, especially post-training. An insulin peak after training really helps recovery and anabolism, so that's something I can't change.
And yes, it was pasata. I can't stand pasta! :p

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Re: Diary of a fat bloke
« Reply #7 on: March 04, 2015, 08:47:57 AM »
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Only problem is B12.


You might consider taking some digestive enzymes.   It could be that you have low stomach acid.

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Re: Diary of a fat bloke
« Reply #8 on: March 04, 2015, 03:01:47 PM »
Already been checked, as well as intrinsic factor. No signs of anemia, at all (in fact RBC is usually higher than normal). This one has everyone else stumped as well. I hypothesise that wheat fibre may be interfering with absorption.

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Re: Diary of a fat bloke
« Reply #9 on: March 10, 2015, 03:49:51 AM »
Ok, another update. Reckon I shall stick to Tuesdays from now on:
Had a bad weekend, as it was my birthday so I put away a lot of beer, and had a takeaway (curry and rice) 
Weight 15 st 9 lbs (219 lbs)
Waist 38.5"
Abdominal skin fold 52 mm
Chest 48"
Also had my BP checked last week: 134/74

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Re: Diary of a fat bloke
« Reply #10 on: March 10, 2015, 10:48:42 AM »
Looks like you are doing well, jahll52.  Keep it up, even your BP is down a bit.

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Re: Diary of a fat bloke
« Reply #11 on: March 10, 2015, 11:04:45 AM »
Certainly seems to be improving, although not as quickly as last time I quit wheat. Of course I was in my 20s then, and I'm now 33, so have a few more years of bad habits added in. Luckily, my performance hasn't been affected.

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Re: Diary of a fat bloke
« Reply #12 on: March 10, 2015, 12:39:08 PM »
I can't believe your metabolism slowed down overly much from age but, having dieted once before can sure do it.  You seem to be still hitting a good stride, so keep it up.

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Re: Diary of a fat bloke
« Reply #13 on: March 18, 2015, 01:41:36 PM »
Hey, sorry I haven't replied, or updated so far this week. Been a busy one, so I shall update tomorrow at some point.
I doubt it's metabolic slowing, just extra years of crappy lifestyle choices to battle.

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Re: Diary of a fat bloke
« Reply #14 on: March 19, 2015, 07:46:43 AM »
Mixed bag today.
Weight 15st 12lbs (not too worries as I've had a lot of fluids during training)
Waist 38.5" (no change)
Abdominal skin fold 49mm
Also, had to pop to the surgery to collect a letter and took my BP - 120/70 :)

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Re: Diary of a fat bloke
« Reply #15 on: March 19, 2015, 09:16:50 AM »
Looks like you are doing well, jhall.  Everything that it truly important is going down: skin fold and BP.  Keep it up, it's inspiring.

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