So, you should still get to know your nuts!

]]>One of the arguments that is made by advocates of the position that humans don’t have free will is based on brain scan results from when people are asked to perform a simple task. For example when someone is asked to move their index finger. Brain scan results show that our brains unconsciously decide to make the finger movement several seconds before we have conscious awareness of the decision. Similar results have been shown for other brain processes. I don’t think the fact that our brains make some decisions in our subconscious, before the conscious brain is aware of them, is in doubt.

Some people posit that this means we don’t have free will. If our subconscious brain is making decisions then how are we making informed conscious decisions is the argument. I don’t agree with this position. Our subconscious is still part of our brains. We don’t fully understand how brains work. Even if we didn’t have the option not to perform the action that is decided in our subconscious (we do have that option), then the decision in the subconscious is still ours.

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]]>**Weight: **82.5 Kg. (down 5.3 Kg).

**BMI:** 23.3. (down 1.5).

**Waist:** 99 cm. (No change).

Surprised that my waist hasn’t reduced even though I’ve lost 5.3 Kg. Must be losing internal fat. Which is good if true. Want to get waist down to about 88 cm. Onwards.

]]>Suppose you have a series of numbers that start with a number we call *a. *If the next number, and the ones after it, in the sequence differ by the same value, then the formula given below can be used to calculate the number of items in the sequence:

where *a* = the first term in the sequence, *L* = the last term in the sequence, and *d* = difference between the terms in the sequence. *d* has to be non-zero and the same between each set of terms in the sequence.

Once you know the number of terms in an arithmetic sequence you can sum the terms using the formula: \(S=frac{1}{2} n (2 a+ (n-1)d)\), where *a* = the first term in the sequence, *n*= the number of terms in the sequence, and *d* = difference between the terms in the sequence.

The embedded equations above show that the latex from Mathematica does work. Happy days. That’s both Mathematica and MathType I can use as required.

]]>**Weight:** 87.8 Kg.

**Height: **188 cm.

**BMI:** 24.8.

What are the changes after about 2 weeks and 5 fasting days? Stats on Sunday morning:

**Weight: **85 Kg.

**BMI:** 24.0

**Waist:** 99 cm. I started recording this today after buying a proper measuring tape.

A decrease of just under 3 Kg. That’ll do for a start. As outlined in the previous post it’s the blood biochemistry changes that are the real prize. Weight loss and waist measurements are just easy an tracking method that can be done at home.

I got my blood checked for cholesterol, triglycerides and glucose last week. These were non-fasting numbers but will do as a benchmark for checking again in 6 months. The numbers:

**Total cholesterol: **5.63 mmol/L. This should be below 4.0 mmol/L for me.

**LDL cholesterol:** 3.45 mmol/L. This should be below 2.0 mmol/L for me.

**Triglycerides:** 2.18 mmol/L. The target for me for this is 2.26 mmol/L. Okay on this one.

**Glucose: **8.4. This was non fasting measurement. Will get a fasting one done in 6 months.

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Extreme fasting, and its sibling prolonged calorie restriction, have been studied for a while. Current research is showing that the gentler, and more easily doable 5:2 Fast Diet can provide many of the benefits that extreme fasting does.

Grab the book by Dr. Michael Mosley and Mimi Spencer to get more info. Only a few quid in paperback and Kindle formats on Amazon UK. They also have a web site.

I’m making Monday and Thursday my fasting days. Starting today. Will fast from breakfast until dinner then until breakfast next day on those days. With the 600 calories allowed split between breakfast and dinner. That’s the same as what Michael Mosley does. Seems sensible.

My current weight stats are:

**Height: **188 cm.

**Weight:** 87.8 Kg.

**BMI:** 24.8.

Not overweight, but BMI close to entering 25+ danger zone. I know from when I was playing cricket regularly that I feel better when my weight is about 79 Kg. So I’ll make that my target.

**Weight Target:** 79 Kg.

**BMI Target:** 22.4.

It’s the biochemical changes, as outlined in the Fast Diet book that are the real prize though.

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