Here is my hard reality. Without an incredibly easy to follow and simple diet plan, I completely suck at staying on a healthy diet. Due to the fact that I barely have five minutes to eat breakfast or lunch combined in a day, the process of just choosing what to eat has to be boiled down to easy peasy. I don’t even have time for the lemon squeezy.
The times I lost the most weight occurred on two different occasions. The first time I was 20 years of age, and hovering in the mid 270’s. A friend of mine turned me onto a program called PRISM. Since I was attending a Private Christian College, the diet had strong church oriented themes i.e. pray to God for help when you want a cheese doodle. By the way, praying to God for help during cravings ain’t a bad idea, folks. But in the end, the basic diet described, which focused on getting rid of white carbs worked. I lost a total of 50 lbs on that diet, and I dropped into the 220’s and stayed there through Graduation. Granted, I also returned to working out at the gym as well, and that helped things too, because it goes without saying that diet and exercise together make your body feel better.
The second successful diet I used was Bill Phillip’s “Body for Life” program. The 12 week program was incredible, and I dropped down to 210, but added a ton more muscle to my already beefy frame. I think during that I probably lost 20 -25 lbs and gained about 10 – 15 lbs of muscle. I carried the BFL philosophy through the year 2000, and then in 2001 the wheels came off the bus, due to some personal challenges and several injuries at the gym including but not limited to, torn knee ligament, torn bicep, and a badly strained neck. All of these I did on one single day.
Over the last 10 years bad habits and commitments with huge time constraints have derailed any real attempt to lose weight. In 2007, I dropped 22 lbs on weight watchers, but quickly gained it all back and then and extra 20 lbs. This is where I was at until I heard a little podcast called “The Nerdist“. If you have not listened to The Nerdist podcast and you like geek and nerd things like comic books, Dr. Who, Stand Up Comedy and other stuff then go check them out. Anyway, on the podcast one of the co-hosts, Matt Mira, discussed a ‘Slo-Carb’ diet he was on championed by Tim Ferris in his book “The Four Hour Body“. Mira, who is obviously nerd friendly discussed his success on the diet, and I thought I would check it out.
Three days and a Kindle Download later, I was reading the book and I was amazed at the simplicity of the diet. Super Duper Simple. I was also amazed at how similar Tim’s diet was to Bill Phillip’s BFL diet. The only component with a strong different between the two was the fact that Tim does not allow you to eat certain complex carbs that Bill does allow. It’s not a NO CARB diet, it’s a Slow Carb Diet, which I would assume has some roots in Catabolic dieting and measuring the glycemic index of certain carbohydrates. I will not go into the details, because I think that’s like sending you a bootleg copy of an album. If you are interested go check out the book or the website to get the details.
I am currently on day 3 of the Diet. And to be honest, it’s too early for me to tell you if the weight is ‘falling off’. However, I will say I have great energy, and yesterday I accomplished more than I had in months. Also, it’s just plain easy.
I also found a partner in the diet in my friend Ed Manfre (follow him at Twitter here). We are both doing the diet together and keeping tabs on each other. This is also incredibly helpful to the success of a diet. When I did Prism, and lost 50 lbs, I did that because I was in a group of people on the same diet and had accountability and support. That is also super key to staying on track with a diet, at least for me. Simplicity and Accountability equals not so much of a fat ass.
If you want to hear more up to date news on my diet you can follow me on Twitter as well. I am posting something daily on the diet.