This is Ridiculous - Back to the begining

Fourteen days of dieting. I have ate well and averaged 1700 calories a day. I have not missed a day of exercise, averaging 1.75 hours a day. I have lost 1kg.

This is ridiculous and it is time to go back to the beginning- the beginning of my first 3 month diet when I took the advice of the elderly Taiwanese/Okinawan holistic guy.

Up to that point I had lost 20kg in about 6 months. I was struggling. I met the old guy by chance. He held my hands and shook my arms. He felt my neck and poked my stomach just above my belt.

The gentleman was well meaning and sincere. I was suspicious and did not take his advice. Eventually, I gave it a go. That was the beginning of my first 3 month Okinawa diet.

I followed the gentleman's advice and lost 40kg in 3 months. Yet, I down played the impact the advice had on my success. I think this happened for two reason. First, my ego wanted to take all the credit for my success. Second, following esoteric dieting advice exposed me to some very unsettling attacks, both on line and by acquaintances. It is hard for me to defend something that I don't understand and I really hate confrontation.

I learned the diet community can be just as intolerant and tribal as any other group.

I am going to take the elderly gentleman's advice for a second time. For the remainder of my diet I will attempt to:

1. Drink 12 cups of warm sanpin tea each day.
2. Eat 1.5 cups of konnyaku jelly each day.
3. Eat half of a medium size goya (bitter mellon) each day.
4. Eat 10cm of boiled gobo (burdock) root each day.
5. Eat a big pinch of konbu seaweed 3 times a week.


  1. If I understand correctly, you're frustrated that you lost only 1 kg in two weeks.

    Many folks would be happy and satisfied with that, especially if they were feeling well and not suffering lots of hunger.

    If you survey dietitians, the majority would say that 1 kg in two weeks is a good goal rate of weight loss.

    [By no means am I trying to talk you out of your new program.]


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  2. You've done it before and know it works for you. And apparently, it has worked for many, many others too. Good luck!

  3. Dear Dr. Steve, I appreciate your council. I don't doubt the dietricians. I also understand some people would be happy to lose 1kg every two weeks.

    My problem is - I am not wired for it. I find it mentally painful to lose wieght so slowly.

    This part of my personality is both a weakness and a strength.

    Dear TJ,

    Yes, lots of people live on very low calorie, low protien, low complex carb diets. If it still holds true - the Okinawans have the highest number of people over the age of 100 per captia of any place on earth.

    Thanks for commenting,

  4. Mike, all I can say is that you know what it takes - you have succeeded with it before. You know what to do - you have done it. It is time to make up you remind to do it again. The big difference this time is that you need to make sure you have a plan for going forward. It isn't enough to lose it. The goal is to maintain the loss later. I know you know this, but just giving you some reinforcement.