Another week, another couple pounds: 218.6

Weigh-in day again. I'm down two more pounds from last week (that's 15 total) to 218.6 today. Or 214.0, depending on whether I put the scale in the bathroon or the hall. What a pain. At least I know which number is more likely to be right.

Last time, I said I'd talk a little about the diet I'm on, the F-Factor diet. It's a high-fiber, carb-counting diet. The idea is that you limit your carbohydrate intake, because carbs are really easy to overeat, and increase your fiber intake. The extra fiber, combined with protein, keeps you feeling full longer, and limiting your carbs helps keep your calorie count down.

The actual implementation isn't that difficult. Basically, you write down everything you eat and keep track of the carbs and fiber in it. You don't have to count fats or proteins (the carbs in non-starchy vegetables don't count either), but you're supposed to stick mostly to lean protein and go easy on the fats. You're allowed a certain number of 15 gram servings of carbs, depending on what phase of the diet you're on, but you have to fit 30 to 35 grams of fiber into those.

So far, it's working quite well. The only time I've been hungry on this diet is when I miss a meal. And judging from the numbers, it's obviously working. In fact, this week I had to move to the fifth hole in my belt. I've been going back and forth between the the third and fourth holes for years, but I've never been able to get to the fifth.

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    Hello from Tanya Zuckerbrot, author of The F-Factor Diet

    Hello Peter! I am so happy to hear how successful you've been on the F-Factor Diet! Congratulations on reaching the 5th hole on your belt :)!
    Please feel free to contact me anytime with any questions at
    I wish you continued success! You are clearly on your way to looking and feeling your very best!

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