Today, Phocion Timon shares a success story. If you would like to share your own story, click here. These will be published on Fridays as long as they keep coming.
Mr. Gunnarsson requested a guest post from me after I commented on his post concerning food addiction and moderation.
My comment is at the bottom of page 2.
In 2009 I was diagnosed with very high blood pressure and pre-diabetes.
After whining for a few days I started researching methods to reduce the high blood pressure and the pre-diabetes and I was not encouraged.
I could reduce my blood pressure by deleting salt from my diet but doing that is impossible on the Standard American Diet (SAD).
The pre-diabetes solution was even worse. If sugar/refined carb intake was responsible for diabetes, why do the diabetes experts publish recipes using refined carbs?
Of course everyone advised exercise but when one weighs 290 pounds, one has a tough time getting out there to “just do it.” Everything I read was either nonsense or contradictory.
Holy moly, now what?
Well, I stumbled across Mark Sisson’s website and oh boy, what a difference. I immediately ordered his Primal Blueprint book and it changed my life.
My college years involved a few classes in anthropology and I knew exactly what Mr. Sisson was saying, even occasionally knowing what he was going to say before he said it.
I read the book non-stop. Fascinating stuff, boys and girls. (Also the books by Gary Taubes – Good Calories, Bad Calories; Dr. Weston A. Price – Nutrition and Physical Degeneration; Dr. Bernstein – Diabetes Solution; and a truckful of others.)
Actually I was paleo-ish. I tended towards “moderation,” eating baked potatoes, sweet potatoes, fruit, dried fruit, artificial sweeteners, etc. I would have a cheat day, a la Tim Ferriss, to the point of illness.
I did this for two years, losing about 25 net pounds, but with large fluctuations.
Well, a net loss is preferable to a net gain but two years? Sheesh, many of the success stories I read involved losing twice as much weight in half the time.
Obviously I was doing something wrong. But what? After a split-second of light thinking I knew it was the carbohydrates. Moderation was not working.
The solution was obvious but could I give up my drug of choice? Yepper, no problem. I have a mild case of Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD), which I am usually able to control, so I turned the dial to “high” and let the OCD have its head.
At 8:30 a.m., September 15, 2011 I weighed 277 pounds, a net loss of only 13 pounds after large weight fluctuations over the previous two years.
My blood pressure was 129/106 (slightly down from the high of 140/110). My blood glucose was 121, not bad but not where I wanted it. Okay, OCD, do your thing.
I stopped eating carbs that day. Discounting the trace amounts in all foods, even meat, I have been 99% successful at avoiding carbohydrates.
I don’t count carbs so I am guessing my intake is less than 15 gm/day, some days zero due to eating only meat and fat. (Two to four days per week I use one scoop of Mark Sisson’s protein powder containing 5 gm of sugar per scoop.)
Within two weeks — two weeks! — my blood pressure went down to 115/80 and another month saw 110/75. Cool.
My blood glucose almost immediately dropped to 90. My weight was down a few pounds but at least it was only dropping instead of also up.
This morning, one year later, my weight is 231 pounds, my blood pressure is 109/67, and my blood glucose is 79 (it ranges from 76 to 88, very rarely getting to 90).
For those interested, my blood ketones were 1.5. (Yesterday I returned from a 10-day vacation. Today’s weight is a loss of two pounds.)
What do I eat? Steak, ground beef, several offal meats, eggs, bacon, butter, grass-fed tallow, skin-on chicken, olive oil, green leafy vegetables, carrots, tomatoes, cucumbers, onions, coconut milk, coconut oil, coffee, etc.
Breakfast this morning was coconut milk, a scoop of Sisson’s vanilla protein powder, a bit of coconut oil, two raw egg yolks, ground nutmeg, and cinnamon.
As I type this I am drinking Bulletproof Coffee, a mix of strong coffee and salt-free butter.
Supper tonight will be ground beef smothered in sautéed mushrooms and onions, topped with a butter sauce. The veggie will be mashed cauliflower flavoured with whatever cheese I might have, (Daisy Brand) sour cream, butter, salt and pepper, and an herb or two. (My high-fat morning negates a middle-of-the-day meal.)
I have done the opposite of the advice given out by the government and other equally qualified experts.
Taking a wild-assed guess, my fat calories are about 75% of my daily intake. My wife says I am a lot friendlier than I was at the beginning.
I am walking/jogging 2 to 3 miles several days per week. I have not had the flu or a cold in three years. I no longer snore. I am losing weight.
In other words, I feel fine and the experts can go fly a kite.
I am always asked about my triglycerides, my cholesterol counts, etc. Feh. I don’t care.
There is too much available data for me to think my diet is bad. Besides, the doctors here in south-west Texas are too provincial; I would have to spend time justifying myself and I am not interested in arguing with them.
I do not have any before-and-after photos. I could publish today’s photo but without a comparison photo, what’s the point?
Moderation does not work. Period. End of discussion.
If someone wants to lose just a few pounds, maybe moderation works but if one is truly fat, forget it. It is a black-or-white argument, no gray area.
You either quit your drug or you sicken and probably die.