I’m not the world’s healthiest eater, I’ll be the first to admit, but even I was a little surprised at how tight my waistband was getting. The bathroom scale verified that I’m the heaviest now that I’ve ever been, and I knew it was time to make a change. Fortunately, I already know of a diet that’s pretty effective at weight loss, having been on it before for about 6 months.
The reasons I originally left the South Beach diet had nothing to do with my dissatisfaction with the results – I’d lost about 30 pounds on it by the time I quit – but with my undying love of carbs. Apparently, the chickens have come home to roost… around my midsection. So, here I am back again.
The first two weeks of South Beach are the worst, since it supposedly flushes the processed sugars out of your system by way of not letting you eat any sugars at all (including any carbs). No fruits, either. Bah. Fortunately, I’m aware that if I can make it through the first phase, the second has a much wider variety of foods available.
I’m starting from 225lbs, which is obviously not great (the dreaded BMI says I’m 32.3, which qualifies as obese, but I’m not even going to try for the 160lbs it recommends for my height). I don’t really have a target weight, more of a target not-having-to-suck-in-so-much. Hopefully that’s motivation enough, but I had to buy a bunch of new clothes last time I did this, so it’s obviously doable.
So, why now, when I’ve been enjoying all the food nature (and modern science) have so thoughtfully provided? Most of it is the aforementioned haberdashery-related vexation, but there’s also an age component to it… with turning 31 this year, I can no longer say I’m “30”, I’m now “in my thirties”, which shouldn’t make a huge difference, but does weigh on the mind (no pun intended).
So here we go…