Wednesday, February 6, 2013

What I Really Ate To Get Lean

Low Carb High Fat Results
Yesterday, I was listening to CNN on satellite radio, and Erin Burnett was talking about Governor Chris Christie and his weight.  It is apparent that despite his popularity and effectiveness as a Governor, many people would hesitate to vote for him if he ran for President because of health risks associated with his weight.

What if your weight was preventing you from fulfilling your most vital and cherished goals?  Certainly my desire to be a successful fitness coach pales before the ambition to lead a nation, but why is it that so many people in this country and around the world are stymied in their efforts to be healthy and highly productive because of the fat they have stored on their bodies?

I am quite certain that Governor Christie has heard the advice, "Eat less, move more" plenty of times.  As a matter of fact, that particular piece of advice has been very lucrative for personal trainers, group exercise leaders, and gym owners everywhere, but why is that advice not working for so many smart, motivated individuals?

Every day I work with people who want to release fat for good, but I hesitate to share how I did it with them.  Why?  As a Certified Personal Trainer I can't give nutritional advice because it is beyond my scope of practice.  What I am free to do is direct my clients to the USDA nutritional guidelines and tools like "My Plate".

Enough is enough.  No, I don't give nutritional advice, but this is my blog and my story so It's time to come clean.

Ever since I started my fat release journey, I have only been able to lose weight when I eliminated sugar and flour from my eating plan.  What's more, the results you see above were achieved with a Low-Carb, High Fat eating strategy.  Just today, I was reading about the results of the A to Z Diet Study on the website of the Journal of the American Medical Association, and that study confirmed what I  experienced.


Results  Weight loss was greater for women in the Atkins diet group compared with the other diet groups at 12 months, and mean 12-month weight loss was significantly different between the Atkins and Zone diets (P<.05). Mean 12-month weight loss was as follows: Atkins, −4.7 kg (95% confidence interval [CI], −6.3 to −3.1 kg), Zone, −1.6 kg (95% CI, −2.8 to −0.4 kg), LEARN, −2.6 kg (−3.8 to −1.3 kg), and Ornish, −2.2 kg (−3.6 to −0.8 kg). Weight loss was not statistically different among the Zone, LEARN, and Ornish groups. At 12 months, secondary outcomes for the Atkins group were comparable with or more favorable than the other diet groups.
The above is an excerpt from JAMA's website.

Conventional low fat diets make me feel like I'm starving.  When I follow them, I literally spend the day obsessing over my next meal.  Now, when I enjoy my High Fat lifestyle I enjoy pastured eggs, organic ghee, grass fed meats, organic vegetables, and raw cheeses.  I am full, satisfied, energetic, and happy with my productivity.

Lately, when my students ask about what they should eat I've been telling them that I don't give dietary advice.  Instead, I have been suggesting that they read two books:  "Wheat Belly" by Doctor William Davis, and "Fat Chance" by Doctor Robert Lustig.  Why should I ask them to listen to me on nutrition when they can read books by MDs who have been on the front lines of helping men, women, and children with heart disease, obesity, and metabolic disorders for years?

I have one more little secret to divulge.  Ever since January 3rd I've been attending Weight Watchers meetings to help with my accountability.  It's been working beautifully and the "fat creep" I'd been experiencing for the past year has been reversed.

I just don't tell them what I eat.