My mission this week is to restart my weight loss by adhering strictly to the program and eliminating the “system gaming” I’ve been using which has, I think, lead to my stall.
I committed to four specific things I am going to do this week and will discuss one each day through Friday. Today’s topic: start back up on PAGG after my week off and take every last pill on time.
Supplements. What a topic. There are so many questions and so many variables that it is hard to know where to start.
Do they work? I have no idea. I made three changes to my program this week and if I do lose a significant amount of weight, it will be very hard to pin it down to a single thing.
Since Jan 1 this year I have probably taken about 85% of my PAGG pills on time. (It would have been 95% but I spent several weeks sans the policosanol until my order arrived.)
I even bought some of the (four-hour-work-week-dream-business) all-in-one-PAGG stack pills. They certainly make it more convenient to take the pills. One pill to cover alpha lipoic acid, green tea extract, and garlic extract is much nicer than three pills.
In addition to the PAGG stack, I often take cinnamon pills and I use Cissus on Cheat Days/meals. I’ve also started drinking yerba mate and kombucha recently.
All in all, however, I don’t really know if the supplements have really helped. My guess is . . .
I have previously realized that my weight is almost 100% controlled by my diet — by what I eat.
If I eat well, my weight goes down and my health improves. If eat poorly, no amount of running or working out stops me from gaining weight and getting out of shape. If I eat well, I do well.
If I lose weight this week it will most likely be because I cut out the sweeteners and I was very careful about what went into my mouth — no Atkins bars; no peanut butter or almonds; no diet sodas — not because I restarted PAGG.
Then again, maybe I’m kidding myself and my results would be half what they currently are without the pills.
Anybody else experimented with this part of the program? What’s been your experience?
Breakfast: three scrambled eggs, refried beans, two sausage, ice water, AGG
Lunch: two chicken breasts, mixed veggies, refried beans, water, yerba mate tea, AGG
Other items through the day: coffee, black x 2