Not exactly a six-pack…

…but at least not a keg anymore, either.

Yesterday I shared Lisa’s story of finally getting into her wedding dress again after more than 35 years, and I presented the visual proof.

She thinks she’s lost 50 lbs. in the last four years, although she can’t be completely sure how high her peak was because she had avoided weighing.

I on the other hand have lots of evidence of my weight levels from that time, because I usually took pictures of the scale readings when I went to the YMCA to work out. I remember hitting 265, but this is the highest reading for which I have photographic evidence, in May 2016.

Here are some photos from about that time, compared with similar pictures Lisa took last night.

The jeans I was wearing in the photos on the left had a 38-inch waist, which was four inches bigger than what I wore in high school.

Here’s the tag on the shorts in the photos on the right:

I would never have imagined four years ago that I would one day wear shorts with a 32-inch waistband, much less that they would feel roomy.

I’ve now lost at least 60 pounds since my peak, and most of that has come off my midsection. Visceral fat is the most dangerous kind, especially in that it increases risks of diabetes and various cancers. And the best way to lose that abdominal fat is through time-restricted eating, intermittent fasting or even occasional longer fasts.

In my next post I’ll introduce a mobile app I’ve found helpful in supporting those strategies.

See the whole series about my health journey, and follow along on FacebookTwitter or LinkedIn.

Author: Lee Aase

Husband of one, father of six, grandfather of 13. Chancellor Emeritus, SMUG. By day I'm the Director of the Mayo Clinic Social Media Network. Whatever I say here is my personal opinion, and doesn't reflect the positions of my employer.

7 thoughts on “Not exactly a six-pack…”

  1. Holy cow, Lee! And you did this while the whole world slowed down and sat around and snacked. Even more impressive. High five!

    1. Avoid added sugar. Keep net (non-fiber) carbs at 15g per meal. Maintain an eating window of 11 hours or less each day (preferably 6 or 8 hours) to have prolonged periods of low insulin levels. On most days I skip breakfast and then have bacon and eggs for lunch. I’ll probably write a new post to go into a bit more detail.

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