This journey began Thursday, Jan, 7th 2016.
This is a bit weird because most people always say they are going to begin their diet at the start of a new week. However, I have been in a life funk for a while so I began making changes to my life little by little since the middle of last year. Next on my list of self-improvements was my weight.
My weight has never really bothered me as far as my looks are concerned. Mostly because I don’t really think super highly of myself anyways. I also have never been too concerned about what others think when they look at me. However, a few days after Christmas I ordered this really cool Dragonball Z tracksuit from Japan. It came in size LL which is what I assumed to be XL in American.
Long story short, I looked like a freaking pumpkin in this tracksuit and I was very upset about what I looked like wearing it.
Oddly enough this was the push I needed to start my weight loss journey.
I read a book about 3 years ago called “4 Hour Body” by Tim Ferriss. Out of some strange coincidence my best friend (Eric) happened to be reading the book at the time I was going through this “looking like a pumpkin” in my new tracksuit thing and he started talking to me about this book he was reading.
As he started talking about it, it dawned on me that I had read this book too. So I went and I found the book and re-read the first few chapters. In the book, the first few chapters Tim talks about a “Slow Carb Diet” (I will refer to this as SCD). The diet mostly consists of eating lots of protein and no white carbs. So lots of lean meats, veggies and legumes.
Eric and I began to talk about this diet and I was willing to try anything to get this weight off.
Eric told me if I did this diet he would also do it with me. We had one requirement, we would Snapchat each other our meals each time we ate something to keep one another on track (mostly me because he is already fit). I thought this was a pretty good deal and I started my diet the next day.
On Thursday, Jan, 7th 2016 my measurements were as follows.
• Weight: 239 lbs.
• Waist (Over Belly Button): 49.5 inches.
• Hips: 45.25 inches.
• Chest: 46.5 inches.
On Friday, Feb, 5th 2016 (30 days later)
• Weight: 226.3 lbs.
• Waist (Over Belly Button): 46.5 inches.
• Hips: 41.5 inches.
• Chest: 45.25 inches.
In 30 day’s I lost about 13 lbs. – 3 inches in my waist – 3 inches in my hips – and about 1 inch in my chesticles.
I think these are pretty good results for only doing this for 30 days.
My end game goal is 170 lbs.
I would like to reach 150 lbs. though I think due to my body structure I would look really bad that thin.
This is how I currently look in my DBZ tracksuit:
(Me at 226 lbs.)
While I won’t be joining The Cell Games anytime soon. It is, at least, a start and we all need to start somewhere.
The one thing I really would like to do when I hit the 150-170 lb. mark is go buy and have a suit fitted. Don’t ask me why I have no idea, but I have always wanted to wear a nice fitting suit. Nothing super fancy just a nice pair of pants, nice jacket, button down shirt all built for me.
I would like to walk into a club or hell even the mall I don’t really care and for once have people look at me and be like “Damn son!”.
In my mind, I am walking into this place and as soon as my feet hit the entrance doors I would do a spin and clap my hands, maybe snap my fingers. (Yeah I am laughing out loud right now)
However, I am much too shy of a person to do any of this, but it would be really awesome none the less. So that is my current weight loss goal and dream.
If you are interested in the SCD diet here is a post to get you started on Tim’s Blog.
Click Here for a link to a PDF with a fairly large list of food that you can eat on this diet. I personally printed this out and I kept it for reference when I was buying food.
Finally, if you are considering the SCD and you want help or need info I actually found the best resource to be on Reddit called 4 Hour Body Slow-Carb. Everyone on this forum has been really helpful and it has answered some questions I have had.
Below I am going to explain how I got through my first 4 weeks on this diet. I will tell you what I ate and I did happen to take pictures of a few of the dishes. They are nothing fancy at all, but it may be helpful to people starting out.
The most important thing I found on this diet is doing meal prep for the entire week. We are all pretty lazy which is one of the main reasons why I am fat. It is much easier for me to get home from work in the morning, do what I need to do and wait until 10 am for Burger King to start serving breakfast and pick up a couple double cheeseburgers.
However, I found that if I prep my meals on Sunday afternoon and cook enough food to get me through until my cheat day on Saturday I don’t have any issues. I can just grab something I made on Sunday from my zip lock bag and toss it on a plate and set it in the microwave. Honestly, this is actually much easier than taking the time to put pants back on. Warm up the car and drive 10 mins to get food and come back home. So in theory, I actually get to be much lazier (not sure if that is a good thing? Haha).
My first week I went to the store and I bought a bunch of frozen chicken breasts, frozen veggies, and a bag of dry red beans. The frozen veggies I kept in my freezer. The beans and chicken I cooked all of them up. I put all the chicken into 1 giant zip lock bag and put it in the fridge and the beans I put into a giant container.
(Baking Chicken for the Week.)
When I was making lunch for work I would grab 2 pieces of chicken and a couple large scoops of beans and I would dump a bunch of frozen veggies into a container and take that to work to heat up for lunch. I would do the same for dinner time when I got home for the entire week. It worked out really well.
Was it the most boring thing in the world? Yeah, it really was, but it worked. It kept me full and it kept me from slipping up and eating stuff that would throw me off the SCD.
Breakfast was interesting for me. I have never been a fan of eggs. In fact, 4 weeks ago was the first time in my entire life I had ever made myself an egg. My breakfast consisted of 2 strips of bacon, 2 eggs scrambled, and a blend of cauliflower and broccoli. To drink, I would have water and an 8 oz. mixture of a protein shake made by ISOPURE Unflavored. No carbs, No sugar. Taste like ass or at least what I assume ass might taste like.
(My protein powder and my first meal of scrambled eggs and bacon.)
The goal of breakfast on the SCD is to consume at least 30 grams of protein. In order to get this amount, I went with the protein shake. You could go with anything, but for me, this was the easiest option.
I am going on my 5th week on the SCD and I still don’t much care for eggs, but I have found that if you cook your veggies in with the eggs while you scramble them. They seem to taste much better and a little more bearable. Thinking about that now I bet if I broke up the cooked bacon and scrambled it in with the eggs it would taste really good too.
Holy crap, I forgot to mention cheat day. I am sure by now most of you have quit reading so you don’t get to hear about this wonderful day and you probably have given up on even considering this diet.
Cheat day is a marvelous day! Typically, most people make this Saturday, but you can make it any day you want as long as it is only once a week. On cheat day, anything goes. In Tim’s book, he actually talks about how he would binge food until he got sick or felt like he was going to get sick.
I am not 100% positive on how this works, but the day kicks your body out of Ketosis and makes it so your body does not go into starvation mode and continue to store fat cells (I hope I explained that correctly).
I know I was pretty skeptical as well by this concept. My first cheat day I ate almost an entire large pizza. I ate a block of cheese and a sleeve of crackers, some Oreos and M&M’s. It was a good day. By the end of the following week I was down 3 more lbs. So apparently it was not all BS there had to be something to what he was explaining in the book. The second cheat day I ended up weighing myself the day after cheat day and I gained 3 lbs. on the cheat day. By the end of the week, I lost the 3 lbs., plus an additional 2 lbs.
(As you can see on the 26th I weighed after cheat day. I gained 3 lbs. I ended up losing it all though by the end of the next week.)
Here are some photos of the food I had eaten over the last 4 weeks on cheat day.
As you can see I drank beer, had pizza, and a ton of snacks. Oh yeah and I am a huge fan of wrestling as well.
One thing I should really mention is while on this diet they say you can eat however much you want and, in theory, you can. The main reason is they expect you to fill up on veggies. Veggies have a really high fiber content which makes you feel full and since veggies have a really low-calorie count so you can pretty much eat as much as you want.
However, if you start making chili like I did in week 3 you will soon find that meats like hamburger have super high-calorie counts. So I made sure that I limited my calorie intake to help me maintain a goal of losing 2 lbs. a week. I believe I need to stay under 1,622 calories each day. You can use an app called MyFitnessPal to track your calories, this also will allow you to give it your current weight, goal weight, how many lbs. each week you want to lose and it will give you a target calorie range. A lot of people on the SCD say you don’t need to do this, but honestly, I would recommend it if you truly want to see results.
I should also mention that I gave up soda as well. The SCD says you can drink (x) amount of diet soda each day, but I gave it up totally. I think this also helped me drastically in weight loss. I drink nothing but water and tea now. I am considering trying carbonated water so I can have a “fizzy” type drink in my life, but I have not tried it yet.
More Food I ate during the 4 weeks:
Hamburgers (no bun) w/ Salad, sometimes with just Red Beans. Just plain old Spinach Salad. Spaghetti Squash w/ Meat Sauce. Slow Carb Chili.
That is all I have for now and I will try to continue to update my progress every few months.
I hope this has inspired you to try and better yourself if you find that you are unhappy with your weight.
I will say one thing. Don’t think of this as a diet. Think of it as a new way of eating to be happy and healthy.
Diets come and go, this is something you want to stick with so you lose the weight and don’t regain it.
Thanks for reading!