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Maybe I should post this in a different thread since I am no longer actually trying to lose weight?

In any case, I came in this morning at 185. Down 1.5 from my last "official" weigh-in, although other than that day I have consistently come in at 184.5-185.5 every day for the last two weeks.

One new data point is that I headed out to the pool at the gym last night just to splash around and relax (needed a day off from working out). I finally sink in the pool rather than float, so apparently my body composition is changing in the right direction. Also, my waist circumference has gone down another inch since my last measurement (about a month ago I think -- unfortunately I didn't note the date).

Anyway, still on target with my current goals. Looking to stay in the 180's and work on body composition. Have actually been working on eating more calories to try to stimulate muscle development.

I have also been reworking my diet to the same end. Since my primary goal is no longer simply to reduce fat, I have been increasing the amount of carbohydrates in my diet and switching to a five meal/day regimen. The meal pattern I have come up with seem to correspond fairly closely to The Zone's pattern of balancing lean protein and low-GI carbohydrates in each meal and adding fat judiciously and in moderation.

FWIW, I have found that it is really hard to over-eat if you stick to lean protein (e.g., egg whites, LF cottage cheese, b/s chicken breasts, fish fillets, extra lean ground beef, etc.) and low-GI carbohydrates and make sure your fats come from thinks like olive oil vinaigrettes on salads. I have actually been finding it difficult to get over 2000-2500 calories/day eating this way -- and it seems like I am eating all the time.

Also, to those of you trying to lose weight who think you might have problems with insulin resistance, I really, really encourage you to look at an intelligently implemented "low-carb" diet such as the one Agatston presents in South Beach. Don't just rely on second-hand hearsay or popular media as to what the diet involves -- take a look at it yourself. I think you'll be pleasantly surprised. You might end up modifying it to suit your own needs, but the way of eating it propounds is very rational and healthful.

All the best,
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