For a very long period of time, my weight hovered between 181-184 pounds and for a guy who is 5’11 and works out quite intensely weekly, that’s not really a bad thing, far from what someone can call overweight or obese, BUT a big issue for me was that I always had problems with my sides and belly fat.
And while my training regiment would burn up to 10,000 calories a week (yes it is very intense), unfortunately, I would supplement most of losses (caloric losses) with foods high in carbohydrates. We’re talking McDonalds, chicken and rice platters (A New York dish), Dunkin Donuts muffins, and all of these things were timed to be eaten post workout so any type of fat loss gains I’d make would be completely broken by the food eaten up and while my fitness level increased, my less than pretty side areas (love handles) did not make any improvements.
Enter the idea of trying a high fat diet…
After reading about the concept through the 3 week diet and then further getting into the specific science of it from the Eat Fat, Get Thin book, I finally decided to change up my eating patterns and run an experiment. It wasn’t hard to implement, but as I will reveal, after 2 weeks, I had some major changes to my body…
I would eat anywhere from 3-5 meals a day.
On mornings, my initial “meal” was a can of cod liver, a cucumber, and sometimes a bowl of flaxseeds mixed with boiling water which made it feel like oatmeal. I would also eat greens such as spinach, arugula and more.
Now the caloric combination of these foods didn’t really amount to much, but a great deal of those foods were very high in fat, especially the cod liver and it’s oil, which I admit to forcing myself to drink. We’re talking 5-6 teaspoons and while the taste isn’t quite “exquisite”, I will explain the benefits of it later.
Now usually my second meal would be dinner in which I’d have something like sushi, chicken soup or another flaxseed meal.
And finally for supper (3rd meal), I may have had sushi (if I didn’t have it for dinner) and sometimes a scrambled egg meal consisting of 3-4, another great one for this diet. On some other nights, I’d eat fresh shrimp, maybe a pound of it.
Now this regiment was for none training days. For training days, my first meal would remain the same, but sometimes I’d eat a little bit more and even eat a sandwich to load up on carbs.
Then during my training sessions, which can last anywhere up to 5-7 hours with 2, 1 hour breaks in between, during those breaks, I’d take a small meal with me which included scrambled eggs, quinoa and maybe the same flaxseed meal and time to eat half for the first hour break, then the other half for the other break.
Then when I would get home, I’d finish the day with sushi usually because I was too tired to make anything. Thus, on training days, I would eat 4 or more meals.
Doing this for 2 weeks resulted in me jumping from 180-184 DOWN to…
174-176 pounds. At best, a 10 pound weight difference. And considering how I did not limit how much I ate, eating this way got me to lose weight and I saw it on my sides, I really did.
Now as an extra thing, I forgot to mention that I added 2-3 very fatty, but healthy oils:
Coconut, hemp and flaxseed, all of which I took sips of multiple times a day and/or used the coconut one whenever I would fry eggs.
So with about 50-60% of my diet consisting of fat, I lost weight. Thus the 3 week diet and Eat Fat Get Thin’s science was right.
The health benefits of a high fat diet:
While most of the benefits are explained in this book detailing this way of eating, the main benefits besides faster metabolism is that they help reduce inflammation and as someone who is very physically active, I put a lot of stress on my knees and as such, reducing inflammation there helped my mobility.
In fact, I had very little to complain about in terms of soreness and injuries while being on this type of eating regiment for 2 weeks.
My mind also felt better and clearer and overall my energy levels were pretty high.
Back to weight gain:
So I weight myself this morning to discover I jumped back up to 179 pounds and the reason for it is simple:
After the 2 week experiment finished and I was thrilled at my results, I let myself go in that I started to eat more of the carb heavy foods I talked about before.
Over a 3 day period after my initial diet was all it took for my weight to jump back up which shows how fast acting carbs can be on your body if you’re not careful.
Is there anyway to eat carbs without gaining weight?
Only if the timing is correct and by that I mean 2 things:
Eating a high carb meal before a workout will help you burn of the calories from that meal and prevent it from turning into fat. So in my cases, before I’d go training, I’d eat something more carb heavy, but usually, most of my carbs came from drinking tea with honey, otherwise, most of the foods were low carb.
Now after the workout, if I was tired and had sushi, one big problem there is the white rice which is loaded with carbs, but on the opposing end, there was fresh salmon and avocado to kind of balance it.
Never the less, my object there was to eat and then go to sleep when I’d feel hungry because it would take longer to burn off calories while I slept vs if I waited to burn them off before sleep.
As a result, by timing my carb intake in this manner, I was able to at least limit the “damage” they would do to my body and at least use it wisely for energy.
But if you can, maintain a high fat, low carb diet as long as you can, you will totally lose weight as a result like I did.
If you’re going to try and redo my type of eating plan, here is a short list of foods that I added. I didn’t count calories, it was just a manner of changing the foods of my diet to see the changes:
- Eggs (boiled, scrambled is fine).
- Herring, tuna, cod liver (and the oil from all of them).
- The oils from coconut, olive, hemp and flaxseeds.
- Green vegetables that are low in starch.
- Flaxseed meal (not the oil).
That is a regular list of things you can mix up anyway, but that should make up over half of what you eat weekly. Should you desire higher effects or more weight loss, do the 3 week diet as it takes this dieting idea much farther.