This week I have managed to torch zero, unfortunately. This is part of the process, and patience is always required when losing weight. I am taking a moderate carbohydrate, zero sugar approach to weight loss as recommended by my doctor. I am strength training two to three times per week, also as recommended. I think the real loss will come when I bump my running back up to about 20 miles per week. For comparison, this week I ran about 11 miles. Training for the triathlon required me to sacrifice some of my running time to biking and swimming, so it will take a few weeks to build up to my optimal levels again.
For this week’s weight loss research report, I was very interested to read about a small study in Science Daily (30 men and 30 women) that used a “concentrated extract of thylakoids” of the kind found in spinach. The subjects were give either a single dose of the concentrate or a placebo and it was found the in men the extract showed a “trend toward decreased energy intake” (i.e. eating less), while a previous study showed a decrease in cravings for sweets in women. While this study did use a double blind methodology, meaning that neither the subject nor the researchers knew who was getting the actual extract instead of a placebo, the sample size is really too small to indicate anything except that further testing is required. My take away from this small study is that a spinach salad for lunch may help to alleviate my afternoon sweet cravings. As spinach is full of nutrients and I like it anyway, it seems like a good n=1 experiment. I will report my findings here next week!