A Calorie Counting Success Story

The Amazing Shrinking Woman

Day 4 – Supper (fish!) and the trouble with fad diets November 7, 2009

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As I’ve said before, I’m extremely cheap these days.  When supper time was rolling around, I thought briefly about going out again, because of my exceedingly successful Taco Bell trip last night.  But then I remembered that I had some frozen tilapia in the freezer.  So I thawed it, seasoned it with sea salt and fresh cracked pepper, then added a healthy layer of Old Bay, sprayed it with crisco spray, and sauteed it up.  This is surprisingly good.  However, it’s even better when nestled atop a plump spoonful of rich mashed potatoes, sprinkled with some fresh peas.  All of which is drizzled with the drippings from the pan.

But I just had the fish.  I also opened a can of asparagus and ate it all.  For 70 calories, I’m not sorry.

(I just had the urge to take pictures of all my meals and post them here.  Dare I do it?)


2 tiny and 1 medium tilapia filets –200

1 can asparagus –70

1 c. homemade tomato soup –198

Total for supper: 468

Calories remaining today: 567

I find that hard to believe, because I don’t feel hungry at all.  Though I might make some popcorn in a minute…

As a side note, the other day I was sitting next to a guy that I know, and he mentioned that he’d had massive fluctuations in his weight.  Apparently his (now ex) wife would say something about how he was getting fat, so the next day he would restrict his calorie intake to around 800/day.  “Once I lost 30 pounds in a month that way,” he said.  After he’d lost the weight, he’d go right back to eating everything he wanted in mass quantities, and he’d gain the weight back.  6 months later, the wife would nag again, and he’d go back down to 800 calories.

So basically he was doing what I once did on Low Carb.  I lost quite a bit of weight once on Low Carb, too, maybe 50 lbs?  But guess what?  I can’t live without brownies.  Or fettucine.  Or gyros.  Or my mother’s 7 layer cake.

As a veteran of all these diets, I will say that they don’t work.  Strike that.  They do work, but they’re nearly impossible to maintain, and there’s no telling what sort of havoc such diets reek on the body.  I read a book that cited a study from way back when study participants were treated like roadkill, and it said that the “scientists” would severely restrict the diets of the subjects, keeping them around or below 800 calories.  Unsurprisingly, the people started lying about, hoarding, and stealing food.  The interesting thing is that they kept on lying, hoarding and stealing after the study.  So when we do one of these extreme things to ourselves, we’re basically taking normal chubby versions of ourselves and turning them into insane, neurotic, hungry versions of ourselves.

Now… about that popcorn…