I’m going to tell you how I lost fat — shredded bodyfat — and shrunk my waistline using Keto eating. I’m in the middle of an ongoing experiment with this system, and this post is a progress report. Since I wasn’t getting great results with my vegetarian bodybuilding experiment, I decided to go a little more hardcore.
Eat fat to burn fat.
The basic setup of the keto diet is to get most of your calories from fat, eat a moderate amount of protein, and very low levels of carbohydrates (50 grams or less per day, for example).
I wasn’t getting satisfactory results by abstaining from meat. I was probably just getting way too many carbohydrates and therefore not burning my vast fat stores for energy. I don’t know for sure, because I just went vegetarian for a month to see how it would affect me and my muscle mass overall. So I didn’t write anything down.
How the Keto Diet is Working for Me So Far
Now, I’m writing things down. I took my measurements as soon as I started Keto, and have a pretty good starting point in terms of data. We can’t make decisions without information (otherwise you’re just guessing), and tracking data is a great source of information. Here’s some data:
Starting waist size (across belly button and love handles), measured 4/20/2016 at 7:23 PM Central time: 40.5 inches.
Current waist size I just measured before sitting down, 5/13/2016 at 7:02 PM Central time: 39.75 inches.
I know what you’re thinking: “That’s shit. You didn’t lose anything. You’re still fat.”
Well, it’s not so simple. My waist is the first place I store fat and the last place I lose it. I’m getting thinner all around, and can see some definition around my abs, obliques, and intercostals. My arms have shrunk a little bit, and are more defined. My gut fat used to be as hard as a soft rock, but now it’s all jelly and moving around — so my fat stores are less dense. And when I bend over to grab dumbbells or tie my shoes, I can actually breathe because there’s room for my lungs.
I’m rapidly shredding fat.
Here are my weight measurements (in pounds). I have not lost any strength, so this is likely mostly fat:
- 228.2 4/20/2016 7:23 PM
- 225.0 4/29/2016 8:02 AM
- 224.0 4/30/2016 1:02 PM
- 222.4 5/04/2016 6:03 AM
- 221.8 5/05/2016 6:02 AM
- 221.8 5/06/2016 6:03 AM
- 220.8 5/07/2016 7:17 AM
- 223.2 5/08/2016 6:12 AM
- 221.6 5/10/2016 6:13 AM
- 220.4 5/11/2016 6:02 AM
- 220.4 5/12/2016 6:17 AM
- 220.4 5/13/2016 6:10 AM
Nearly 8 solid pounds lost in about three weeks, with a couple of cheat days thrown in the mix, too. And all without losing muscle mass.
Regarding Ketosis and What Some Doctors Think About It
Here is some basic information about the ketogenic diet (a system of eating).
I’m not trying to convince you to do this diet, because it’s definitely not for everyone. I handle it easily, and I suspect that is because I was pretty strict paleo for a long time a few years ago. I went through the carb flu, so my body doesn’t have any problems adapting to using fat for energy. It’s done it before.
This video is what really pushed me to just jump right in and burn this fucking fat right out of my body:
Peter Attia is a Stanford trained MD, so he’s not just some nutjob on the Internet (like me).
Tim Ferriss interviewed Dominic P. D’Agostino, PhD on the subject, and it is filled with some great information and even a recipe for keto ice cream that is quite tasty. Yes, I’ve made a few variations of the treat myself.
If you need to burn fat and you don’t want to do it by spending a year on a treadmill, you should look into this. Like I said before, it’s not for everyone. But for the few who have the tenacity to get shit done, this is a great fat-burning diet.