The Best Way to Lose Weight

I went to the gym yesterday for the first time in four weeks, having been away so long at first due to a nasty cold, and then a trip to Malaysia.

I track my weight at the gym, and as mentioned before, I've been losing weight steadily. Yesterday, I found that I'd lost another 1.4 kg (3 pounds) in the intervening month since my last visit, and now am at a many-year low of 92.4kg (204lb). At 6'4" (192cm), my target is 200 lb (91kg), so I'm almost there.

Anyway, I'm trying to guess what it was that allowed me to lose three pounds in the last month, despite almost no exercise, and have come up with a few possibilities:

  • It's all from the nasty cold, which really took a lot out of me.

  • After all the chocolate I ate on Valentine's day, I got onto somewhat of a sweet-tooth kick, and since then have been a bit heavy on the cakes, custards, ice creams, cookies, cupcakes, muffins, etc. It's been a diet heavy on everything, and maybe that's the key to losing weight? 🙂

  • The copious quantities of mildly-spicy food we ate in Malaysia are somehow good for the diet?

  • The disruption of my normal eating habits, due to travel. Normally I eat a lot of cereal for breakfast, or, really, any time we're not eating out or Fumie's not cooking. And I like munchies at night. I did without those while sick and in Malaysia.

  • Swimming at the beach and at the hotel pool?

  • Previous visits to the gym have upped my metabolism such that I can lose weight even while being a couch potato with a beer and chips?

I was fitted for a suit yesterday -- I'm buying a suit for the first time in 10+ years. The guy measured my waist at 94cm (37”), which is a bit more than what I sort of think I should be at (32”), but I guess that's when I was in my 20s and had no build and no fat (and weighted 180lbs). I really should be at about 36”, so I do have a few more pounds to lose. At least, I'd like to keep my waist measurement less than my inseam measurement, and so 36” is the magic point.

Update: many years later, I'm in much better shape, at about 79kg (175lbs) with a ~30” waist.


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