This was my first week on PAGG. I’ll get into the answer later, but the short one is “I’m pretty sure it did.” I’ve decided to start rather than end today’s post with my weekly results because I want to explain them after you see them.
Last time I reported it, my weight was 294.6.
Today, I weigh 296. That’s a change of +1.4 lbs.
Last week my total inches were 211.
Total: 208, for a change of -3 inches.
Overall changes: From 309.8 down to 296 (-12 lbs). From 218 inches down to 208 (-10 in.).
You can hold me accountable by following my progress on my 30 Day Challenge spreadsheet.
What in the world?
A week like this shows exactly why I have always been frustrated “going on diets”. When I got off the scale, I realized that I have a few days of waste still to get rid of (I was 292 on Friday). I didn’t have just one cheat day, I had about 5 cheat meals over the course of the weekend. That has something to do with it as well. But in the past those things haven’t mattered – I would have told myself I worked hard and ended up gaining anyway. I would have said the diet doesn’t work or that I can never go long enough to get anything accomplished.
A week like this also proves why I keep encouraging people to take measurements. I lost a whopping three inches this week! Now, I’m sure there’s a margin of error for where I measure, but over the weeks it should be averaging out. I have consistently been losing at least inches, even if the scale doesn’t move down.
The other surprising thing is that even though before I would have blamed the diet for the scale’s result, today I found myself realizing that I really do like the way I eat while on 4HB. I feel much better, have more energy, and have no acid reflux problems at night. Today was the first time I didn’t just say I could sustain the diet, I actually know I prefer it.
I’ve been trying to track my progress better, and that involves modifying the data inputs. The first change in my tracking came last week. If you look at my March Challenge spreadsheet, you’ll see that I’ve been tracking my water consumption. I’ve heard many people say that drinking more water made the difference for them, so I wanted to see how much of a difference it made for me. Normally on a work day I get about 4 liters down, and I think it’s helped a bit (see inches lost).
This week I will be weighing myself every day, mostly for fun. I will try not to let the number get to me, but I am curious. I believe in 4HB Tim talks about a guy who lost weight solely by tracking his weight every day. Being aware of it kept him going. I’ll add comments for each day, just to see if I can notice any trends.
The other thing I’ve decided to do is publicize my progress with videos. Yes, FindingMyFitness now has a youtube channel! I am kind of embarrassed to post the video, but at least my wife is encouraging. I think it looks gross. But that’s part of the motivation, I guess. I definitely look way different than I think I look. I will try to post a video every two weeks. You’ll see the first video at the end of the post.
This was my first week on PAGG. Yesterday I posted an article breaking apart the PAGG stack. You’ll remember that the green tea extract seems to have the ability to kill off fat cells. I could totally be reading more into the three inches I lost last week, but I’m led to wonder if the drastic change in inches is because of the PAGG stack. I still have 3 weeks’ supply left, so I’ll keep going.
The company that makes the version I use, Pareto Nutrition, published an article yesterday discussing the difference between capsules and tablets. It’s interesting stuff (capsules are better, imo). What I like the most about their stack is it’s only at most two pills and it has the exact dosage that Tim Ferriss talks about in his book.
Actually, I just found out they made some changes to the stack and it’s now even better. You can read their announcement about it for all the gritty details, but my favorite part is that now it’s the WHOLE STACK in one pill (four pills a day – 3 AGG and 1 PAG). In my opinion, it really is the best PAGG stack out there.
And now, the world premier…
If you’re still interested in the video, you can watch it here. If you’re still curious about the PAGG stuff, go check it out. And as always I’d love it of you shared some of your results (even a link to your blog) in the comments!