On January 1st, I decided it was time to address the issue of my weight gain over the last three years. The cause of my weight gain was simple (I stopped running, stopped lifting, and ate and drank everything I wanted), so the solution was simple also.
In six weeks I’ve lost approximately 15 pounds and dropped two pant sizes. My BP has dropped from, shall we say, “Go to the ER”, to ‘high normal’. I still eat almost everything I want. If I got serious I could lose another 15 pounds in 30 days, but because of my lifestyle choices, the number of birthdays we celebrate and various other excuses, I will probably take 60 days to lose the next 15 pounds, and I’m okay with that.
I’ve done this before and it works, so I have confidence and patience. It helps that my Wife usually prepares my meals for me. It doesn’t help that my children enjoy surprising me with martinis they’ve made for me to see whether I can tell if it was shaken or stirred.
My point is: this works. I did it before to lose 60 lbs successfully. Go off the plan, and I can put it back on.
Here is the summary:
- Eat the Slow Carb nutrition plan made famous by Tim Ferris. You’re never hungry and you have the energy to perform at a Father of 13 level.
- Exercise aggressively for 45 minutes six days a week using the Clay Manley method (that’s Clay below). Don’t worry, if you are mobile you can do this.
- Get eight hours of sleep every night. Nap if the sleep quality is poor.
Now, the truth is that I have not done any of these things strictly and I am still losing weight. I still drink booze and eat pizza. I have only exercised six times per week one time-on average it’s 3-5 times. I am doing pretty well on the sleeping part-for most of my adult life I have averaged about 6 hours, so this is a big change. If the Wife and Baby are not getting along and my sleep is short or of poor quality, I take a nap in the afternoon.
In coming posts I will detail exactly what I’m doing, because it’s a proven method, and I believe anyone can do it long term. You can drop the weight pretty quickly, beat type 2 diabetes if your blood sugar is an issue, and almost certainly fix your blood pressure problems as well.
Stay tuned for a detailed overview of why eating on the Slow Carb nutrition plan is so great.