OK, the obvious answer is lift some weights, so I dragged the kettlebells out from the basement and had a pretty intense session of swings and cleans and whatever that one is called where you swing the thing around your waist hand to hand til you either drop it or pass out. Yes, I am very sore, three days later, but that's what happens when you're 48. Will give it another bash on Sunday.
My question is related to food: it's about 45-45-10 fat/protein/carb, all very high quality, carbs from fruit (which I've cut out temporarily), dry wine, salad veggies. Like tonight I'm having almost a pound of wild sockeye salmon baked in (Kerrygold!) butter and lemon, a large salad of assorted greens dressed with olive oil and this awesome orange/muscat vinegar and topped with some shredded hard cheeses, and a coupla glasses of dry rosé wine (Crios Malbec, which is about as close to a perfect rosé I've yet found).
What I don't really understand is why eating like this had a catabolic effect (muscle-wasting, fat-sparing) on me. I hate exercising and put it off for months til this week. Even then, why would I have lost muscle mass and fat instead of just the latter?
I'm 159lbs now @ 5'7" but I still have a belly, man-boobs, and flabby upper arms and inner thighs, along with I'm sure a good dose of visceral fat. My biceps at my weightlifter peak ca. 2004 were 17" but now they are a sad puny 13". My weight seems to have stabilized this week at 159; since January it's dropped pretty steadily 1-2-3lbs a week.
Oh, and while the above example is a lot of food, I generally don't eat a hell of a lot all the time and do indulge in intermittent fasting, usually by accident because sometimes I just forget to eat; I'm rarely ever hungry anymore and pretty much only eat when my body tells me it's time.
So while I'm sure the workouts will help, is there something I should be doing food-wise? Less fat maybe? I have been eating more fish lately, less beef and pork, though that's only because I finally decided that salmon just isn't that bad and I can force it down as I generally don't care for fish.