Nutrition/Weight Loss

My Advice for Losing Weight – Fat Loss 101

Big Belly
He Eats Carbs

UPDATE 10/14/2011: noticed a typo and just changed it. I had originally stated, later in this article, “eople seem to think that dietary fat does not go directly to your hips/belly.” It should have read “People seem to think that dietary fat GOES directly to your hips/belly.” A crucial typo. It’s been changed.

This blog seems to be gaining traction. I’ve had a number of requests (through email and Facebook) from old friends, relatives, and acquaintances asking me if this way of eating really works or if I’m just posting this stuff to make money through Google’s AdSense program. I assure you, the pennies a day that this blog currently generate from the ads (because let’s face it, the vast majority of site visitors do not click on ads). I started this blog more so to chart my progress and extol the benefits of this way of eating, and I am hoping to get into the LCHF ‘blogosphere’ so that other low-carbers will comment on the many questions I’ll undoubtedly have in the future, and will post here.

To my surprise, this week, after watching my weight loss success and listening to me incessantly go on and on (and on and on) about how great I feel now that I kicked the sugars and starches via LCHF, my wife decided to join me in this way of eating. I love her the way she is, but she’s unhappy with her weight. She’s fine with me posting her progress on this blog, so I will provide updates from time to time.

Advice for Beginners

The following advice is for overweight and obese people. If you are one of the lucky people whose body is not suffering from hyperinsulinism and can process carbohydrates properly, then you likely are also one of those folks that has been in decent shape most of their lives and just need to shed a handful of pounds, likely due to age. If that’s the case, then you don’t need such a radical change of diet. Just skip dessert for a few weeks. This advice is for people like me who have been fat most of their lives. Lucky people like you can actually lose weight on a low-fat diet. 

Nutrition/Weight Loss

My Favorite Low Carb Fast Food

I’m a realist. Although when I read wonderful websites like Mark Sisson’s site and others, I do so very aware of the 80/20 rule, knowing that I’ll break it. And although I espouse carbs, truthfully I take a 90/10 rule towards carb intake. Why? Because it’s basically impossible to not eat carbohydrates. They’re everywhere, and will remain to be so. What I do is avoid the high-carb stuff.

Ideally, I would cook every meal/snack that I eat. But with a wife and two young kids, who do not eat like I do (though I’m hoping this will eventually change), this just isn’t realistic. For a number of reasons, including:

  • Quality food costs more
  • Meats, cheeses, etc. Heck, even beef jerky is freakin expensive for the amount you get!
  • I can’t afford to buy food for everyone else and then for me
  • I’m too lazy to cook myself
  • I can eat the same things most days
    • Eggs and bacon for breakfast
    • a big ass salad for lunch, if I’m not on the go for work
    • My wonderful wife almost always keeps me in mind when cooking dinner, so I can usually eat what the family eats for dinner, I just don’t eat the sides like potatoes, rice, pasta, french fries, french bread, corn, etc. etc. etc.
    But what about lunch when I’m on the go and can’t make my own Big Ass Salad?

    Fitness Life Nutrition/Weight Loss

    Coffee – My LCHF and Exercise Miracle Drug

    Disclaimer: this post is strictly opinion/observations. There are plenty of fat people (their drink of choice is typically the Grande Salted Caramel Mocha) drinking Starbucks coffee. I hope the info helps.

    Back last winter when I started this new life of LCHF eating and working out, it just so happened to coincide with a radical change in my job responsibilities. I didn’t change employers, nor did I change job titles, but my actual responsibilities changed greatly and the stress level increased exponentially. But more importantly to my diet/WOL (‘WOL’ is ‘Way of Life’) – my new job role allowed me to work from home 95% of the time. Prior to last winter, I worked in a cubicle most days, working from home maybe one or two days per week but usually not even a full day). I had more people reporting to me back then (if you want to call it that – we have  a pretty autonomous work environment), and since the products/services we were focused on had been in the market for years, everyone was pretty much on auto-pilot in terms of day-to-day work.

    Nutrition/Weight Loss Suggested Sites

    Excellent Article: Low Carb/High Fat (LHCF) for Beginners

    Just stumbled on this doctor’s blog this morning and am glad I did:

    I used to subscribe to blogs and keep up on things but my Google Reader lists got to taking up so much of my time each morning that I gave it up cold turkey : ) After discovering this blog I am going to have to change that.

    Nutrition/Weight Loss

    How I’m Losing Weight


    I’ve been overweight since around the age of 12, which was approximately 1983 (that is also around the time when the low-fat craze seems to have gotten into full-swing).

    In my early twenties, while still in the Navy, I weighed right about 200 lbs. I’m 5’10” and was always considered overweight, based on the Navy’s weight standards. After leaving the service I steadily gained weight while in college, where I ate McDonalds and other fast foods daily. For the past 15+ years I’ve weighed approximately 250 to 255 pounds, except when I’ve gone on various diets, where I temporarily shed somewhere between 10 and 20 pounds through various measures.

    So that was the history/background for what I’m about to write next, so you’ll have the proper context:

    I honestly think I’ve found the cure for obesity.