Friday, January 27, 2006

Flavor Factor Follow-up: 10 pounds in 7 weeks

A little less than 7 weeks ago, I started applying Seth Roberts's theory of how flavor-calorie associations can affect the body's "setpoint" for fat. And today, my scale weight just hit 10 pounds below my starting point. That's an average of 1.4 pounds/week; it probably would've been even better if I hadn't been "off my diet" last week while in San Francisco. (I stuck to my normal raw food diet and to having relatively small meals, but I wasn't throwing in the extra "flavor-free" meal I'm using at home, or tracking my weight.)

Since the only effort I've been putting in is to spend a few minutes in the morning having the extra meal and updating my weight-tracking spreadsheet, I think that's a pretty decent loss rate. Kudos to Roberts for inventing a true "Hacker's diet", since this one directly hacks the body's fat thermostat without drugs or elaborate meal plans or schemes like carb or calorie counting. I pretty much just eat what I want, when I want.

I'm curious to see how this will work out in the longer term, over the rest of the year. I keep thinking that at some point the rate will have to slack off or level out, since eventually I'll need a lot less food to run my metabolism than I do now. Presumably, that'll mean I'll end up less hungry and will therefore eat even less than I do now, but that's rather hard to imagine because I don't think I'm eating that much now. I guess I'll just have to wait and see what happens.