The Leptin Reset: Week 3 Results, or Can Work Make You Fat?
Photo: Â My idea of a “big ass breakfast” would be just the steak with real butter, but for my “big ass supper,” I add sautÃ©ed veggies…in this case, sweet onions, summer squash, zucchini, and herbs.
(My apologies if you’ve been waiting for Week 3. Â I’m past Week 4 now but my computer is still in the shop, so I’m test-driving a Mac tonight.)
After I nearly lost my focus on the Leptin Reset in Week 2, due entirely to Â an emotional stress, Week 3 smoothed out nicely. Â The bottom-line for the week was that I was right back where I started from , pounds-wise.
Which is good! Â The main thing with this experiment was to balance hormones with a new way of eating and to make sure I didn’t gain back weight. Â Mission accomplished. Â Also, I did have a small reduction in inches in my usual measurements.
The biggest difficulty was keeping work from getting in the way. Â I found that the best pattern of eating for me is a big ass breakfast within 30 minutes of waking, as described inÂ Leptin Reset (http://jackkruse.com/my-leptin-prescription/). Â That didn’t always work out so well with my job.
While my big ass breakfast held me quite well through all those morning meetings, I found that I wasn’t hungry at 11:00 or even at noon. Â By noon, I had that sense of “Well, I’m not hungry at all but I COULD eat, I guess.” Â I knew Â that I would be hungry by 2PM when I was in the middle of another marathon session of meetings and it just wouldn’t be polite to whip out a great big turkey leg and gnaw it while looking at personnel projections with the Colonel. Â I also knew that I wouldn’t last until 5PM or 6 PM or 7PM or whenever I could wrap up my work day. Â So on work days (at least, those days when I can’t telework to a webinar training session), I’m stuck with 3 meals a day–1 big one and 2 smaller ones.
I’m actually okay with a small to moderate lunch (eat til I’m full, and with the leptin reset, I do notice when I’m full whereas I really didn’t before). Â My evening meal is still a problem on work days. Â My mid-day meal isn’t big enough to keep me sated until supper, and in the late afternoon, I start to feel a little wonky and have that feeling of “I need to eat NOW.” Â That gives way to grabbing the first Â on-protocol thing I can find on my way home, including calling the steakhouse and having them make a meal to order before I can sit down. Â Not optimal, but at that point, I have a headache and need food quickly.
This is my challenge to work out. Â I may end up leaving work early to eat and then either going back or finishing my workday via telework. Â Â I also find that in the afternoons on days I have 3 meals, I become unreasonably tired.
During the 3-meal days of the week, my weight was up a little, but once I hit the 2-meal days, it dropped right back to where it was and the annoying symptoms went away.
In general, sleeping well, feeling even mood-wise, occasionally tired, Â occasionally dehydrated from long meetings, hormones in balance, and more inches disappearing from my mid-section, a little at a time. Â Blood pressure is up a little Â but that could be the whirlwind at work. Â Blood sugar is slightly elevated by nothing over 112 in fasting mode. Â Exercise is only enjoyable walks right now and yard work.