week 10 of the “are you a bigger loser than marko?” contest is in the can, and i’m still in 1st place, which is a bit surprising to me. i did have a good week, though. i worked out 5 or 6 days (after a week and a half off of working out due to my infected knee), and did well on food (or the lack thereof). i lost 5 and a half pounds, for a grand total of 54.6 pounds in 10 weeks. i’m now 195.6 on the official weigh-in scale. great to be solidly under 200 (for the first time in about 9 years).
the contest ends a week from this friday, so i have a full week, then a partial week, before the thing is over. i’m really hoping i can get to 60 pounds (of weight loss, that is) by the end, april 25. that means i need to lose 5.4 pounds in 11 days. should be able to do it, unless i really screw up somehow.
in these, the final weeks of the contest, i want to offer my fellow competitors — and anyone trying hard to lose some weight — this helpful piece of caution:
Hong Kong – Hong Kong health officials on Tuesday warned would-be slimmers not to consume parasitic worms in an attempt to lose weight following adverts for products containing worm eggs.
A health department spokesperson said there was no scientific evidence that infestation with ascaris, a parasitic worm which lives in the intestine, was a way to lose weight.
He warned that worm infestations caused pain, vomiting and diarrhoea and could prove difficult to get rid of.
“Ascaris infestation may also be fatal due to serious complications in human bodies such as intestinal, biliary tract or pancreatic duct obstruction. The worms may invade such organs as the lungs,” he said.
“The infestation can be treated with medication that kills the parasite. Surgical removal of the worms may be required in case of obstruction.”
The health department said it issued the warning following reports that a product containing worm eggs was being promoted as a slimming aid on a commercial website.
Ascaris is the most common worm infection in humans and is mostly found in tropical areas where sanitation and hygiene are poor. Adult worms can grow to more than 30cm long.