Last fall, I tipped the scales at 248 pounds. I didn't own any scales at the time, but I was servicing a couple of satellite TV customers who had balance beam scales convenient to my work areas, and that's what I weighted, plus or minus one pound, measured half a dozen times in a span of two weeks. For years I'd told people that my weight bobs between 190 and 210 pounds and then, in recognition of evolving (devolving?) realities, I would say it bobs between 190 and 230 pounds, then to 230 "or so", but the fact is, it probably hadn't gone below 210 in the last 20 years and my last firm recollection of actually seeing 190 pounds on a scale was from 1981, so last fall I put myself on the "Eat Less" diet. That's the one you don't hear of on TV. The way it works is, you eat less and you lose weight. It never fails. You may fail, but it doesn't fail. I used to think my dietary break even point was somewhere between 3,000 and 4,000 calories a day, and maybe it once was, though I'm sure it is now lower than that, but instead of reascertaining it, I decided that I could subsist on an average daily caloric intake of about 1,700 to 1,800, and, if I rigidly maintained that average, then I would lose weight at a rate that likely would be acceptable to me. My eating habits, as I have described them here previously, were and still are poor. For most of my adult life, I have eaten at McDonald's an average of two times a day, and I've always grabbed at least one snack item each time I refilled my 52 ounce X-treme Gulp mug with Diet Coke. But because there was a regularity of sorts to that eating regimen, I knew how to go about paring it down. First of all, I would commit to eating just two meals a day instead of three. Second, I would generally refrain from buying snack items each time I refilled my soda mug. And third, when I went over budget for a day, I would try to get about half of the excess back by scrimping the next day. One easy way for me to get off on the right foot is to get to McDonald's early enough to have a breakfast meal instead of lunch, since their Big Breakfast with no hotcakes and with two pads of whipped butter for the English muffin that I substitute for the biscuit (lots less sodium in an English muffin) has about 300 fewer calories than the Double Quarter pounder with cheese meal I would otherwise have for lunch. That saves me nearly 300 calories right there. I live in a regional poultry capital, so I have lots of opportunities to buy skinless chicken breast filets for just $2.00 a pound. I buy them in roughly five pound trays, and since one average fillet that weighs 10 to 11 ounces raw bakes down to about 8 or so ounces at 30 calories an ounce, eating them with six slices of wheat bread makes for a wholesome chicken sandwich dinner which I eat maybe five nights a week, and comes to just 600 to 650 calories. So I can add to that an 8 ounce portion of microwaved vegetables (OMG, now I'm becoming a health food nut!), and add 250 calories for corn, 180 for peas, 100 for carrots or 70 for green beans (yech), and my daily intake total comes to a little under 1,700 calories. Maybe once or twice a week, I will have cube steak sandwiches instead of chicken, but cube steak has nearly twice the calories per ounce as chicken, so that may cost me another 200 to 250 calories per meal At about 1,700 calories a day, I can lose about two pounds a week. The life insurance table says I should expect to be around for another 23 years, and further, it says that I will have my best chance of surpassing that if I can somehow get my weight down to 174 pounds. Riiight. Hopefully, my corpse will weigh more than 174 pounds. I last time I weighed that little was in 1974, when I was 22 years old and had just finished a stint of working nine months at a grueling job in a tannery where I lost thirty-five pounds while eating four meals a day. For right now, I'm just going to "stay the course" until I hit 190 pounds and will assess my further weight loss prospects from there. The last time I weighed 190 pounds, I could jump up and grab a basketball rim, but that was more than half a lifetime ago. If I find I can jump that high as a 60 year old, I'm afraid of what the landing would feel like. Anyway, for those of you who might like to try this diet, I'll let you in on the secret that make it work. It's called, the Egg McMuffin breakfast. I often incrementally exceed the 1,700 daily benchmark by snacking on M&Ms Plain (230 calories), pretzels (280cal./2.5 oz bag), Hostess "Donetts" (340), or by woofing down a 3-3/4 ounce, 560 calorie bag of chips. That last item can now only be found in supermarkets because the local Seven-Elevens here no longer carry that size, though they regrettably have filled its former shelf space with 6 ounce, 900 calorie bags. Here is where the Egg McMuffin Breakfast comes in. It is the Morning After Pill of dieting. It only has 450 calories, so substituting it for the Big Breakfast the next day, or the next two days if needed, gets me back nearly 400 calories a day. So how am I doing with it? Very well. I had my ups and downs for the first four or five months because of personal distractions that led me to deliberately abdicate it, but from mid June to late August, I adhered to it rigorously and dropped a steady two pounds per week for ten weeks, going from 232 pounds to 212. For the most recent month, my performance has been spotty, barely exceeding a pound of weight loss a week, but I'm back on track now and expect to reach the upper 190s by late October. By the way, digital scales are now cheap. I got one from Best Buy, delivered, for about $12, and now I weigh myself at the same time every morning before eating, which takes a lot of the daily variation out of the readings. But now, back to the title of this thread. My waist measured 46-1/2 inches at 248 pounds, 44-1/4" at 228 pounds and is 42" now at 208. At this rate, when I get my weight down to zero pounds, I'll still have an 18" waistline, but more realistically, my short run extrapolation is that I will wind up with a 40" waist at 190 pounds and about a 39 inch waist at 180 pounds and I'm not sure that I will even want to get to 180 pounds. Remember those Van Husen shirt packages that said, "If your chest size ix 'X' and your waist is no larger than 'X-7 inches, then you can buy this shirt"? Do they still make Van Husen shirts? Looks like there will be no seniorwear modeling jobs for AntAltMike! Has anyone here tried liposuction?