In my post about dieting just over a week ago I described how I was going to introduce a new idea called the “Rachet Effect”. So how have I got on with it?
The answer is that my target weight has gone down 1.5 lbs since last week - half a pound more than it would have under the previous system of an unvarying rate of decrease. But (and it’s a big but) this all happened towards the end of the week. Here’s how it panned out :
Sunday: over target weight, 1 rule
Monday: over target, 2 rules
Tuesday: over target, 3 rules
Wednesday: over target, 4 rules
Thursday: on target, 4 rules
Friday: target drops by 0.5 lbs, 3 rules
Saturday: over the new target, 4 rules
Sunday: target drops by 1 lb, 3 rules
So I seem to have reached a stage where having three or four rules is producing a weight loss. These rules are No Second Helpings, No Snacking, Nothing Sweet and finally (on alternate days) Small Portions.
Remember this is just how it has worked out over the last week - it may not stay that way. In fact the diet as it is now constituted should continue to respond to how my metabolism is working at the time.