01/03/2012 Starting the New Year with a Better Outlook…but Still Pissed
When I began this increased Protein intake a few weeks back, Ian cautioned me that any initial weight loss may be offset by a weight gain because of increased muscle mass. I had plateau-ed somewhere between 272 lbs and 275 lbs. About 10 days ago I weighed 269 lbs which was a great feeling as I have been stuck in the 270’s for almost three months.
I find myself this morning weighing in at 277 lbs. Not the place I wanted to be starting the Paleo Challenge this weekend.
I read an article in the New York Times yesterday, which talked about a Columbia University Study which revealed that essentially people who are overweight have to work harder to maintain the same weight as a person who was already that lower weight. For example if a man who is 6’ tall, we will call him “A” has to consume 1800 calories a day to stay 185 lbs, then someone who was 250 lbs and then loses 70 lbs we will call him “B” and becomes 185 lbs, “B” would have to consume about 1500 calories to maintain the same weight.
The article calls it a caloric disadvantage, and that the main reason for this is that your muscles fibers go into a transformation which causes them to burn 20-25% less calories than someone who is naturally the same weight.
To quote the article: “The data generated by these experiments suggest that once a person loses about 10 percent of body weight, he or she is metabolically different than a similar-size person who is naturally the same weight.”
While the Melbourne study wasn’t a conclusive, it has created controversy within the medical community and casts a shadow on the idea that weight loss is a simple matter of eating less and exercising more, there are clearly internal functions and systems which have to work together to not only lose weight, but to maintain it. The article follows a couple the Bridges who both have lost substantial amounts of weight; they have each lost over 100 lbs. It’s interesting to read about the amount of effort and scientific care required for them to maintain their new healthier bodies.
Their plight is something I can empathize with because when I lost a substantial amount of weight in High School I had to treat my meals like a laboratory experiment, balancing and weighing as if I was building a bomb. To some degree I was working with a bomb, a food bomb that could cause my insulin to explode and regain all the weight.
While this article doesn’t cause me to contemplate ways to hurt myself it does make me understand the difficulty of the uphill battle I have to encounter. In parts of the article the idea also that during weight loss your body is struggling to make itself the heavier weight again to reach a point of balance is for sure frightening.
I plan to a bit more research but it is making me realize a couple of things, and possibly pursue a couple of changes to the short term game plan.
I am going to give Crossfit another month because I have entered the Paleo Challenge. If at the end of the Paleo Challenge I haven’t reduced my body weight into the low 260’s then I am going to take a 60 day break from Crossfit, and adopt a program of mixed Cardio workouts, which include doing longer Metcons at Crossfit. During that 60 day period I am going to reduce my caloric intake and pursue a course that I know works.
After this cycle of work I will return to Crossfit, and continue to pursue my goals for this year via Crossfit. After many months of studying and looking at Crossfit, it’s clear that the programming and methodology aren’t geared towards changing obese body types. This article just puts more evidence into the corner that weight loss is something that is daunting task, and requires specialized efforts.
I started the morning waking up a half hour late, so I ended up going to Potomac at 6:30 AM instead of 6:00 AM at Patriot. The work today involved doing a 7 minute AMRAP of Muscle Up Transitions, and a downward ladder of 12 Power Cleans, 24 step-ups, 9 Power Cleans, 18 Step-Ups, and 6 Power Cleans, and 12 Step-Ups.
I am nowhere near doing Muscle Up Transitions, so I worked on pull-ups for 3:30, and ring-dips for 3:30. I lost count of how many I did, but it made me realize that I am far from being able to do a decent pull-up. I think my back is strong enough to pull-up a 12 year old girl, but not a 32 year old obese man.
The Metcon was supposed be done with 155 lbs, and the step-ups with a 50 lbs dumbbell on a 24” box. I did it at 115 lbs, and a 40 lbs dumbbell. When I finished I realized I should have done the power cleans at 135 lbs. It took me 6:05 to finish the Metcon.
Here is video of the power cleans; you won’t see the step ups because I’m dumb and didn’t position the box within the frame of the camera.