After two months of up and down, I’ve managed to drop eight pounds. How? By eating nothing but spuds. I came across the potato hack while working on a class project. Incredulous as ever, I downloaded the Kindle version of the seemingly infamous book from Amazon. I thought the man was delusional, but the book is well-written and makes a good argument and, really, what do I have to lose?
Weight, I Have to Lose Weight
…and boy, did I. I ate three to four pounds per day. I gained weight the first day. The second day was a .2 lb. weight loss. Most people would stop at this point, but I can’t say I tried it if I don’t go all the way. The original plan was to try it for five days. In the end, it proved hard to stop. On the third day, I lost two pounds. The next day, I lost three pounds. The last day, I lost another two. How insane is that? I lost 8.2 pounds in five days, eating french fries!
What’s the Catch?
The catch is, you can’t use oil. But it’s not much of a catch since I own a convection oven and (now) an air fryer. Both work well to crisp up those taters. I also used herbamare, which is hands-down my favorite spice for grilling chicken.
Is that REALLY all there is to it?
Long story short, yes. There are a few details, so I recommend reading the book before you begin. Give it a few days to kick in. It can get old eating the same thing every day but, honestly, it wasn’t that hard. There’s no induction phase, no keto flu, and no starvation. Best of all, it’s purported to improve gut health.
If you try this diet, please let me know how it worked for you! Best wishes! -Danny
Though I’ve been fasting for a while, I wanted to try a soft dry fast.￼ It seems to be the latest craze, but it sounds plain crazy. Watch the video to see how my experience turned out. Please don’t try this until you’ve spoken with your doctor.
If my fat loss continues at its current rate, that would be around September 25th, 2019. Of course, we all know about plateaus. Evil little things that can go on for weeks and sap your motivation. Fortunately, I’m lifting weights. Over the last year I have found it helps to have another means of measuring your progress besides…
That Lying Piece of Floor Trash
It lies, and it judges you while it sits there doing nothing all day. Don’t believe it. Lift weights. Get stronger. Muscles burn calories after all. And that digital dissident can’t tell the difference. You could be losing fat but staying the same weight because you’re…
Which brings me back to the point of baby steps. When you don’t see movement on the scale, you can always add a pound or two to your weights. A five-pound increase in your squat means you are stronger than you were last week and that’s progress. It’s those baby steps that keep you motivated and lead to greater things. I get them from…
Fasting and Weight Training
Because cardio is the great lie. A few weeks into cardio, your body adapts, your calorie burn decreases, and you can only burn more by going faster or longer. Weight training continues to burn calories for days as the body repairs itself. There is no adaptation to lifting because you can always add weight and change up your routine. Cardio does nothing for your strength or appearance. Weight training makes your whole body stronger, lessens the chance of injury, and improves appearance. It increases balance and coordination and best of all, as you get stronger you feel better about yourself.
Where to Start
At the beginning. Every day men and women enter the gym with complex workouts they have seen on TV or read in a magazine. Most of these routines are a HUGE waste of time and those who follow them are setting themselves up for failure. Start with a strong core. There are five basic lifts that everyone should master before moving on to any accessory exercises. I recommend following the “bible” of basic strength training below for at least a year. This will teach you the best form for each exercise and help prevent future injuries from some of the really stupid stuff I see in the gym every day.
The Process sucks. I hate the process. The process can bite me. Two and a half days of fasting and no weight loss. Here is where I start second guessing myself.
Did I eat enough calories in my feeding window or is my body worried we’re starving, so it’s holding on to fat?
Did I eat too many calories in my feeding window and sabotage myself?
Am I retaining water?
Did I gain muscle mass?
Am I real, or just a figment of my own imagination?
Okay, so my brain sometimes strays but I find my way back. I guess the takeaway in all this is that you can’t really know what your body is doing. The biochemistry of the human body is incredibly complex. If scientists are still trying to figure it out, how can I expect to understand it? Which leaves me with just one option…
Trust the Process
It’s 8 A.M. I will not eat until 2 P.M., after I return from the gym While I’m at the gym, I will lift heavy objects in a fasted state. Lifting will make me feel better and then I will get to eat. Today is Friday and weight loss or no, it will be a good day.
Fitness shouldn’t be measured solely in terms of weight lost. In fact, I am not losing weight, I am losing fat. I know because I am gaining muscle. In the four weeks since I started training in a fasted state, my bench press has gone from 205 to 220. The same has happened on squats, dead lifts, and all my other lifts. I am actually shocked at how good I feel while I’m working out. I really thought I would feel tired and lethargic, but it is actually quite the opposite. If anything, I sometimes feel euphoric.
Two Steps Forward
So far, I am down nine pounds over the last four weeks. That doesn’t sound impressive when previously I have lost as much as 20 pounds in one week, but I am trying to do it the right way this time. The goal is not to look a certain way, but to change my habits and change my life. The fasting helps tremendously. With kids, graduate school, and a stressful, full-time job, the last thing I want to do is count calories!
One Step Back
We all do it at some point or another. Weekends are my weakness. With my unrestricted weekend eating schedule, it can be a battle not to munch or reward myself with too much food. These last two weeks, I have gained three pounds each weekend and lost four pounds during the week. It’s still a loss, but it’s something I’d like to get under control. I could easily lose 2+ pounds per week without the extra calories. I guess we’ll see what happens this weekend…
…or more precisely, VERY hard come, easy go. Fed by carb-fueled consumption, my three-pound weight loss disappeared faster than a keg of pilsner at Octoberfest. Did I mention fat loss sucks? Two weeks to lose, two days to gain. Moving on…
You’d think I’d know by now how easy it is to lose those hard-earned gains. Fat is irrationally obdurate in breaking down. It is downright jovial when it comes to growth. Stupid fat. Well, life is hard and sometimes you munch too much, especially while sitting at the computer for hours trying to write a paper that doesn’t sound like it was written by a fourth grader. Too bad the kids stepped on the two brain cells I didn’t use up at work. Back on the wagon today and we’ll see what tomorrow brings…
Is it just human nature to never be satisfied? I lost a pound and a half yesterday. Today, for no reason I can think of, I lost another half a pound. Yea! Right? Well, no. I get out of the shower, catch a glimpse of myself in the mirror and the first thing that pops in my head is the old kids’ rhyme “Fatty fatty two by four, can’t fit through the bathroom door.”
Fat loss sucks. Okay, so I didn’t like what I saw in the mirror, but why? Because, fat loss sucks. You never gain weight in your handles first. Why the heck do you have to lose it there last? I went from square to roughly waffle cone shape overnight. It’s awesome. Pants are still tight, but now I have this wonderful bird chest. More weight loss, please. 😒