I did get a body fat scale at wal*mart (I didn't have any scale at all) about a week ago. I weigh 149, which is more than halfway towards my goal. Yay. I'm think I will exercise today, and see how it goes.
Yesterday Saul and I checked out the "free books" area below the library where I found a book called "Calories Don't Count" by a Dr. Herman Taller, copyright 1961.
In browsing it in the car, I realized that it was basically the atkins diet. The doctor who wrote it talks about low-calorie diets basically causing people to gain back their weight, and says that eating fat instead of carbs will cause you to continue to burn your stored fat.
He suggests a diet of 65% fat (2/3 of that unsaturated--a few tablespoons of vegetable oil every day,) 30% protein and only 5% carbohydrates. That's more extreme than the first phase of atkins!
I was shocked. I can't STAND the low-carb craze right now, but I thought it was really interesting that someone suggested it back in 1961. Dr. Atkins proposed his in the 1970s. This book was apparently the 8th highest selling nonfiction book of 1961.
So a little more research brings to light that the idea of high fat, low carb, was first proposed in print in 1864.
"After failing to produce the promised sustained weight loss, the high-fat fad melted away only to re-emerge in the 1920's with a doctor advocating a minimum of three porterhouse steaks a day and stating that the only two perfect foods were probably "fresh fat meat and water." It then disappeared until the 1940's with a book extolling the virtues of eating whale blubber. Then it was recycled again in the 1960's with Dr. Herman Taller's bestseller "Calories Don't Count" that discouraged people from exercising. "By whatever name," one nutrition textbook reads, "the diet is to be avoided."
Taller's "Calories Don't Count" diet empire collapsed when he was found guilty of six counts of mail fraud for using the book to promote a particular brand of safflower capsules, which the court called a "worthless scheme foisted on a gullible public." "
So that was an interesting find. It doesn't make me want to try it, but it's interesting to think about. :-)