Monday, October 1, 2012
Now I'm confused. For this last month I tried modifying this by drinking water just after the oil, so it didn't leave any aftertaste.
As far as I could tell, this worked a treat, I had practically no appetite, and I got thinner. This despite doing literally no exercise this month as I've damaged my knee. I have been smoking quite a lot though, since I took my narrowboat cruising and steering a boat is much more fun with a cigar in one hand.
About a week ago I noticed that my belt was beginning to need to go in a notch, and I figured by the end of the month it would be comfortably on notch four.
But it isn't. In fact I seem to have swelled a bit. But my appetite is not back. In fact I'm finding it a bit difficult to believe that I'm eating anywhere near the number of calories I need to maintain my current weight.
Still, updating beliefs for notch 3/appetite loss:
H 77: W 10: S 13
likelihoods of observed results (clearly a win for helplessness and a defeat for willpower):
H 50/203 : W 5/134 : S 25/134
H87 : W2 : S11
So the usual willpower theory of weight control, having made consistently inaccurate predictions as to the effect of deliberately eating extra calories, is getting annihilated as far as I'm concerned. But helplessness is slowly edging out Shangri-La, since although my belt measurement has gone down over the last three months, it's been stable twice and only dropped once.
I'll keep doing this for at least another month, and I'll keep the same protocol and predictions as last month.
Posted by John Lawrence Aspden at 11:34 AM