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Guilty as charged, m'lud.

Last night I did the unthinkable. I crossed a line no man should cross. I don't believe I will ever recover from this grievous error. Last night, I brought a set of bathroom scales into the marital home.

Little did I know the chain of events that would unfold...

Whilst I was planning on losing some weight following a stern talking to by my GP I didn't expect to be a member of eDiets UK. So, it's official, I'm on a diet (or rather I'm trying to adjust my eating habits - no more Lard Suprise for me). I might even manage to stick to this one (ha!).

Oddly, this will mean me actually eating breakfast during the week for the first time in a while. We shall see how this works out since, previously, when I've eaten breakfast I've had trouble holding out until lunchtime and spend most of the day craving snacks. I shall, however, attempt to follow eDiets with the same dedication that I believe the London Journey Planner since they ought to know best.

Not only did I get a set of scales, I got quite a shiny one with one of those body-fat measuring thingumies too, so here's how I turned out this morning:

Weight: 17st 11.6lbs (249.6lbs or 113.2kgs)
Body Fat: 33.1%

Interestingly my readings from last night were:

Weight: 18st 01.6lbs (251.6lbs or 115kgs)
Body Fat: 27.9%

So it looks like the body fat reading can vary a lot depending on how dehydrated you are (since that would be most of the 2lbs which disappeared overnight, methinks).

Targets, such as they are, vary wildly depending on which measure you look at. Apparently my bodyfat should be somewhere between 8% and 20%, and for my height I should be (get this) between 9st 6lbs and 12st 7lbs (according to BMI).

eDiets has me down to (eventually) get to 11st 11lbs however if 1/3 of my weight is fat then I'd have to lose all my fat and a bit of muscle to achieve this, which strikes me as unlikely. If I aim for 14% body fat that leaves me with a weight of around 15st. This is perhaps somewhat more realistic a target that won't involve amputation to achieve.

In any case I'll stick to my menu and see how I fair. The hardest thing will be limiting the booze methinks. Wine is tasty and beer foamy and oh how I love them so.
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Added a link above. It's an online weight-loss programme, provides recipes and guidance for following a selection of dieting plans as well as their own. You plug in some stats and they meter out what you should be eating to drop a couple of lbs a week.

The UK one is associated with Tesco so some of the convenience salads, sarnies and snacks are available from them, which is handy for lunchtimes since I have a Tesco Metro just round the corner from me. That and Pret salads are the plan. :)
bad adam, no biscuit.
no wait. here have a cookie.
you know you want it.
Eating brekky kickstarts your metabolism, so you feel hungry quicker since you're using more energy. All very good for losing weight, unless, as you say, you end up snacking before lunch... I hate feeling hungry, so this is an issue I've never quite managed to overcome.

Good luck with it all though!
I'm on a "diet" although I have fallen off the wagon this last week. My diet is the patented "Don't eat crap" diet. This will be supplemented by the "don't be a lazy fat bitch" exercise plan, which will involve me walking along a canal a lot.

I think I better buy some scales though, as the ones that currently lurk in my bathroom do vary a little much depending on time of day, phase of moon and number of chickens sacrificed to the elder gods.
They never take build into account. You're chunkily built, so I'd say even the top end of the scale is too light. So 15st sounds eminently reasonable.

If I lost every ounce of fat on me I reckon I'd still be about 12-13 stone, and I'm 5'7"!

But BMI is gospel! I'll just have to get used to life with only one arm...
So it looks like the body fat reading can vary a lot depending on how dehydrated you are (since that would be most of the 2lbs which disappeared overnight, methinks).

Not surprising, they basically measure the resistance between two terminals. This can then be approximated to a fat/muscle ratio.
Not surprising, they basically measure the resistance between two terminals. This can then be approximated to a fat/muscle ratio.

What they said. This is a notoriously unreliable way of measuring fat percentages. Skin resistance varies with all sorts of things - and varies particularly wildly with sweat or moisture. You will get astonishingly variable results which will tell you very little about your actual composition.

And as you've seen from your overnight measurement, even your actual weight is a lot more variable than you might think - and not just over the course of a day. (As an illustration, try weighing yourself, getting off the scales and moving them slightly, then weighing yourself again.) I'd round to the nearest kilo at best - anything more is spurious precision.
Funnily enough I have been to the e-diets web-site. Actually I would recomend the Tesco diets (conected to ediets) web site. Also I have been hearing good things about the GI Diet (I thought it involved lots of cute American army people but sadly I am wrong). My hubby likes the Atkins but it the bad breathe and constipation issue! Also Teso is marking their food to make it easy to follow the GI diet and they have also produced a book to help). Gosh how can someone as fat as me know so much - laziness!

As for bringing scales into the house - one of my ex-flatmates (female) went balistic when I bought a set of scales !!!!!!! Saying how could I and how selfish - so I said 'Then don't use them'...........
I said 'Then don't use them'...

Well indeed, but then to force the issue of self control is rather cruel. It's like being told someone doesn't want any bacon and then making sure it is placed within their reach whilst enjoying some yourself. }:)
I get so moosey with the kind of diet plans that say 'no breakfast!', I'm very glad you are, because it really helps you lose weight...

Have a healthy breakfast, fruit midmorning, a giant salad with fish/lean meat/small amount of cheese and bread for lunch, more fruit in the afternoon and an ok dinner; and excercise, and it should come off. Of course Ms Preacher here can't exercise, and in any case my added beer, plus beer plus wine, plus choclate and cake seem to be thwarting me...
added beer, plus beer plus wine, plus choclate and cake

Quite. Keeping down the beer and wine consumption is hardest.