A Pac-Man Diet? This Week It’s Really Silly :)

A Pac-Man Diet: Ready?

Ready? (Derived from original Pac-Man cookie photo by Maria Elvin. Licence: CC BY-SA 2.0



This week's diet is for all us snackers, and it's in honour of the 35th anniversary of Pac-Man, that greatest constant snacker of all.

Who can believe that Pac-Man is 35 years old today?

That must be how Pac-Man and I were exactly the right age for each other when it launched 🙂

I remember playing Pac-Man in arcades as a kid, then Miss Pac-Man on dates, and lots of other versions, like Gulpman on the ZX Spectrum, and my favourite cutesy variation, Pac-Land.

 

A Pac-Man Diet: Does anyone else sometimes wish a fairy would fly in with a sign that says 'Break Time'?

(Doesn't anyone else sometimes wish a fairy would fly in with a sign that says 'Break Time'?!)
See Pac-land Classic Arcade by Arcade Madman on YouTube for a play-through

So, Pac-Man, what's your diet?

(wakka wakka)

Pick any sensible diet that allows fruit, say a low fat diet or high fibre diet for example.

Make dinners you can squeeze some lemon on, like fish and vegetables, or chicken and salad.

See? Looks just like a Pac-Man 🙂

Then each day, the only snacks we're allowed are the (Miss) Pac-Man fruits, in order.

And all through the week we get points.

Because... points!

A Pac-Man Diet: The Miss Pac-Man Fruits

And Extra Lives... 😀 The Miss Pac-Man Fruits: Image via The Ms Pacman Bozeman Montana Think Tank




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I Don’t Know How I Put on Weight Doing This (Looks like an ‘F’ in Herbology then…)

Love Herbology? Not so much...

I honestly have no idea how I put on weight on my 'Back to Hogwarts' Herbology diet this week.

On top of the herbs, teas and supplements, I walked 8-10 miles a day, which my pedometer says should give me around an extra 1200 calories to play with.

Beginning weight: 213.3lbs
Ending weight: 215lbs

I did get hungrier and eat more than usual, but I didn't think I ate that much more. I think the biggest difference was that I ate more bread.

But I also ate all kinds of herbs and vegetables for energy, metabolism boosting and weight loss, not to mention the herbal teas every night that were basically laxatives. I put so much into the 'output' side of the equation, I can't believe I still outweighed it!

But I do love this shirt... 🙂

Still, some things were good this week. My insomnia (waking in the early hours) almost vanished this week, which was a fantastic improvement.

I felt much better for walking so far. Strangely, it made me want to go swimming.

The herbal teas weren't bad either, and I'll have them there if I need them.

I learned that prunes aren't that bad if they're still soft, but it's so not worth giving them to toddlers, even to keep the peace.

I learned that Spirulina Live Granola bars taste a bit like dried bananas and soap, but if you can get used to that they do produce a nice little energy boost later on in the day.

I also learned that green tea in a can isn't worth it: just make it with a tea bag and leave it to go cold in the cup for the same taste and effect.

And finally, I learned never again to get whichever of the weight loss supplemments from Jamba Juice doubles the size of your smoothie by filling it up with gross disgusting whey protein. Yum.

Let's hope it goes better next week!
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So, did I boost my metabolism like Captain America?

How my metabolism boosting diet went wrong - but at least we made Captain America Shield Frisbees!

My metabolism boosting diet went wrong - but at least we made Captain America Shield Frisbees!

How was Captain America week for me? Starting weight: 209.5lbs. Ending weight: 215.8lbs. I don't know if my metabolism improved but in terms of weight 'loss', it was a disaster!

So what went wrong? It started off quite well, except that the advice about calorie intake was meaningless for me: I had no idea how many calories I'd been eating normally, so I couldn't cut that down by 100. And I never got round to finding out how many calories were in most of the food I was eating, so even after using the resting metabolic rate calculator, which told me I should be eating about 1645 calories per day, I don't know how many I was eating.

And when Dr Oz says to eat ice cream, does he mean that literally, or is he assuming you already eat ice cream, and would eat 100 calories less of it? I hedged my bets with WeightWatchers ice cream: the latte flavoured ones are only 90 calories, and really not bad 🙂

But none of those things were the problem.
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Happy July 4th! Boost your Metabolism, and be like Captain America!

Happy 4th of July! We are inspired by Captain America this week! And since I learned from 'Captain America: the First Avenger' that his metabolism is four times faster than normal, that is what we are aiming for this week 🙂 No need to join the army (unless you're in it, of course), be in secret military experiments or save the world: that can always come later.

And why is it good to boost your metabolism? To eat more food without getting fat, instead of eating half a lettuce leaf and putting weight on.

How did it go? Read the results here: 'So, did I boost my metabolism, like Captain America?'

So, trawling the internet for ways to boost your metabolic rate if you're not a superhero seems to come up with a consensus (mostly) on these things:
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