So apparently I'm the healthiest fat guy on the planet, even at 263.75 pounds.
Got my blood work results this morning, and my lipid panel is very good. Total cholesterol is 132 (I'm told the optimal range is between 125-200mg/dL.) HDL is 43, LDL is 69, and triglycerides are 100. So I'm in the range I should be.
My hemoglobin A1c is 5.2% of total Hgb, far below the 7% the American Diabetes Association recommends. So my blood sugar appears to be under control--something that surprised my DC, considering my obesity.
And yes, I am obese. The American Council on Exercise states any man with 25% or more body fat percentage is obese. I'm 34.1% body fat. Yikes. All that Ben & Jerry's seemed like such a good idea at the time.
My fat free mass is 173.7 pounds. My total body water is 47.5%, which is under the 55% recommended range, but when I had my body impedance analysis this morning at 10am I hadn't had anything to eat or drink since 10pm the night before. My extra-cellular fluid was 45.3% and intra-cellular fluid was 54.7%, which supposedly are where they should be.
Alcohol is a diuretic, so I'll have to make sure I drink a lot of water on this diet to avoid dehydration.
My thyroid is fine. CBC is normal. I'm a very tiny bit high in iron and uric acid, but I normally eat a lot of meat so these should drop within the next few days. My kidneys are functioning fine. My liver is fine. Everything is pretty much fine.
I'll be taking another blood test at the 10 day mark. We'll see if my numbers get better or worse.
I got back home after lunch, and missed breakfast, so I was pretty hungry. My first official meal of the diet was a 12oz bottle of Founders Breakfast Stout. It has an 8.3% abv, and I drank it in twenty minutes. Got a light buzz (and a BAC of .04) so I drank two glasses of water. It pretty much killed my hunger for ninety minutes, but then my stomach began to growl so I cracked open a 22oz Three Floyds Arctic Panzer Wolf. It's a double IPA, 9%, which I've been cellaring for a year. Still has a nice hop bite (India Pale Ales often lose bitterness on the shelf over time) and I've been nursing it for the last two hours.
As I write this, I can smell the lasagna my wife is making for dinner.
It's almost 6pm. I was planning on dinner for me at 7:30, but I have some stuff left to do today and don't want to get too buzzed.
On one hand, I think it's too early to guess how I'll do on this diet. I've fasted before, both intentionally and unintentionally (I was poor in my early years), so I know I can do it for a few days at least. But 29 more days? That seems like such a long time...