Why Read (1000 words)

As most of you will know I am not one for conventional advice, and this goes double when it comes to health and fitness. Everyone has an opinion and the experts make a lot of money telling people how to lose weight. Well here is one of my theories on keeping a decent body, loosely backed up by photographic evidence, and which also happens to include a lot of icecream.

Read on if I have spiked your sweet tooth.

Well This Is Me

Ok, so this is the results of the high fat diet (when implemented as part of a healthy lifestyle). It’s not the best body in the world but then it’s not the worst either…and I get to eat vast quantities of chocolate cake.

I have to apologize for the aggressive face though, I must have had a falling out with the mirror. It should also be noted that by putting this picture up I realize I am in line for some serious stick from my mates if they ever read this blog but as not one of my mates do, I think I should be ok.

The Theory

So, here is my theory on how the high fat diet works, it is not backed up by anything scientific just by the fact that I have noticed it works.

Losing weight at it’s fundamental is a very simple equation, you need to burn more calories then you eat.

Eat more calories than you burn and you gain weight, eat less calories than you eat and you lose weight. It doesn’t get much simpler than that.

As I try to do at least some exercise every day, (a run, some gym work or MMA), am pretty active, work hard and walk everywhere I probably burn more calories than the average 24 year old so I have a few more to play with than most. That being said I still can’t eat more than I burn or I will get fat. Ignore high metabolism and other excuses, most of it is rubbish, it is just simple math.

Why It Works Part 1

I think on average I burn around 3000 calories, around 500 more than the average male. In all likely hood it is probably slightly higher so if I eat less than 3000 calories a day, I will start losing weight. The principle way the high fat diet works is that I don’t eat anywhere near 3000 calories a day.

On a high fat diet, which I usually implement for 3-4 days, as any longer and you are depriving your body of decent nutrition, it will be rare that I eat even half of 3000 calories.

For example, yesterday, on a high fat diet I woke late and had a slab of rich chocolate cake and ice cream around 11.30am. This was probably between 600-800 calories which is a lot for breakfast.

However, because of this I was then feeling pretty sick the following first few hours and then very full for the rest of the day and didn’t feel like eating again until the evening when I had a double scoop ice cream sunday with all the trimmings. This again was probably another 600-800 calories, which is a lot for one sitting. However, I didn’t eat again that evening either because I was too full. I did however work long into the night as I was on a sugar high.

So on the high fat day I only ate twice consuming between 1200-1600 calories. A lot for two sitting but less then half that I burn in any given 24 hours. When I am eating normally I eat around 3-4 times a day and probably consume the best part of 3000 calories in total.

Why It Works Part 2

In addition to consuming less than half the calories I burn in any given day, having a high fat diet for a few days every so often has another more subtle advantage.

A high fat diet, when your body is generally not used to it, ramps up your metabolism into overdrive.

Because I generally eat reasonably healthily on a daily basis, when I go on a high fat diet my body is thrown into shock and starts ramping up my metabolism to compete with the flood of sugar and fat. This in turn helps me burn more calories per day and the great part is that the effect last a few days after my binge, so even when I am back to normal eating my metabolism is still higher than usual for a while, which results in me losing more weight.

Why It Works Part 3

One a high fat diet you are eating very few carbs, as it is mainly just fats.

However, carbs are the first thing your body burns to acquire energy. During a normal diet, a lot of my energy is consumed in the form of carbs and so the body burns these first before the fat which makes it difficult to burn off fat because I have to use up all the carbs first. On a high fat diet very few carbs are coming in and the body uses them all up very quickly, usually within one day. This means the next 2-3 days are purely spent burning fat, I think, at a higher rate than I am putting fat into my body and thus I am not only losing weight but also body fat. Wins all round.

To Sum Up

Now some of you may not believe me in what I say but the evidence speaks for itself. I go on a high fat diet about once a month and I see serious results. I don’t know if it is just me it works for but I seriously doubt it. All I know is that I look more ripped, weigh less and have a smile on my face after a 3 days high fat diet.

Peace.

22 Comments

  • April 11, 2010 Reply

    neeko

    dude…hope the MMA stands for mixed martial arts? ;)

    • April 11, 2010 Reply

      Jonny

      Neeko, It does indeed. What can I say, I am a badass.

  • April 11, 2010 Reply

    Will

    Yo bro,

    T’is true about the ‘body shock’ part and metabolism. Admittedly people’s metabolisms vary a lot and yours is an especially insane one but the same thing happens to me.

    Also you have to remember other factors too – you have been living in some pretty hot climates: heat not only causes more calorie burn but also makes you less likely to want to eat.

    • April 11, 2010 Reply

      Jonny

      True bro, true…the heat also makes you want to die more often :) Now go and eat some cake bro and i’ll see you in a few weeks.

  • April 11, 2010 Reply

    Will

    P.S it looks like you have a crazy awesome mOOstache going on =D

    • April 11, 2010 Reply

      Jonny

      Tis nothing, the one I am sporting at the moment is evenmore devine, though I have just been asked todo some acting in a Bollywood film so I have to shave it off. Dammit.

  • April 11, 2010 Reply

    jamie

    so a high fat diet isn’t working for me lol. But I have got into a 32″ waist for the first time in 15 years. I think its more to do with not eating much which is the only thing I can afford travelling the US.

    • April 11, 2010 Reply

      Jonny

      Dude, you are down to 32″, good for you man. Now just find a way to stay at that figure when you get back to England. We’ll get some weekend swimming lessons on the go.

  • April 11, 2010 Reply

    andi

    Unconventional indeed! Nutritions around the world are shaking their heads in dismay as those of us in constant pursuit of the perfect six pack rejoice in the chance to re-introduce Ben & Jerry’s into our daily routine.

    I’m a pretty big fan of not cutting out certain foods because their ‘bad.’ And it’s certainly true that higher fat foods not only establish satiation earlier in the digestive process because of the mouth feel, but also take longer to digest once in the system, leaving you feeling full longer. If what you’re eating is ice cream and chocolate cake, you can’t really discount all the sugar carbs that your body has to burn off first :P

    On that note, I am now craving chocolate cake. So I’m off to find me some of that! Thanks.

    • May 4, 2010 Reply

      Jonny

      HI Andi,

      I have a great way of overlooking certain “Facts” I feel life runs more smoothly that way. Hope you found some cake.

  • April 12, 2010 Reply

    Chris

    This is not a diet, it is abusing your body….

    • May 4, 2010 Reply

      Jonny

      Works though Chris

      • May 9, 2010 Reply

        Chris

        Well, yes, and cutting of a limb will also work to lower your weight. But do you want to do that? I am currently reading “fit for life”. The science in it is questionable, but the advice on eating is worth a try. I now apply the advice to only eat fruit before noon and the rest of the time I am eating just what I normally do. I am not looking to lose weight. I am 70 kg and 1.86 m and to keep that up I only occasionally eat a little bit less if I start weighing 71 kg.

        For me the goal is to make my diet of such high quality that I can eat as much as without ever needing to cut back on the amount of food. The way I choose to do that is just the opposite of what you do though: I choose to lower the amount of artificial foods and increase the amount of natural foods. I want a diet that will keep me in excellent condition if I hold to it every day.

        • May 9, 2010 Reply

          Jonny

          Great Chris, defiantly do what works for you though it might be worth adding a few vices into your diet or you are unlikely going to be able to stick with it. Thanks for the comment.

  • April 13, 2010 Reply

    damien

    Hey jonny,

    I really enjoy your blog…but this post is not going to help a lot of people:

    the equation weight loss/gain = calories in – calories out is flawed right from the start. In one hand you have kg, on the other you have energy units (kj or something like that). I’m not a physics genius but I know this kind of transfer does not exist in the real world.

    A calorie isn’t just a calorie (THAT is unconventionnal)

    I know you’re speaking from your own experience, and I think that’s what help us relate to you. But that shouldn’t prevent you from using true science (especially when it comes to weight loss) to back up your personal story.

    As I said, I really enjoy reading about your travels and adventures. I just think you should learn a little more about the subject (knowledge + experience is real power) before putting your theory out there…Again, just my personal opinion.

    I wish you the best man. Anf if it’s working for you, keep using it :)

    Damien

    • May 4, 2010 Reply

      Jonny

      Hi Damien and thanks for the comment.

      I would agree with you with just one added thought. The problem with health and weight loss is that there is a lot of scientific research out there that backs up all sorts of stuff and most of it contradicts another persons findings. I struggle with the scientific weighting given to health as thought the thoery is sound it doesn’t work. I like to use personal experience to examine what works and what doesn’t and thus even though someone could tell me scientifically why my crash diets once a month don’t work I can turn round and show them how I maintain a decent body doing just that. Personally I think results show more than theory but then that is just me.

      I am actually enjoying how controversial this blog post has become, great stuff. Thanks for getting involved.

  • April 22, 2010 Reply

    Kati

    Hi Jonny,

    I have to agree with Damien! Chocolate Cake and Ice Cream consist of pretty much 50% fat and 50% sugar. This is like the worst combination ever! Plus, all the sugar kills you point that it is low carb.
    In addition to that loosing weight is not only about reducing fat. You should always make sure to have enough vitamins and that sort of stuff while losing weight- otherwhise you body will only lose wather. Only having 2 meals a day with no nutritious value what so ever is not a good or healthy way to lose weight I believe

    All the best
    Kati

    • May 4, 2010 Reply

      Jonny

      Hi Kati,

      All very true which is why I would never suggest it for more that a few days in any given month or two. I use this crash diet to keep my body guessing. The very best thing you can do, and most would agree on this, is to change things up and keep the body having to adapt. The actual diet I follow for a few days is pretty hardcore but it does ramp the body into action and that is where the benefit is gained. It works for me, perhaps not for everyone.

      Thanks for the comment.

  • May 3, 2010 Reply

    Fearless Road

    You’ve hit the nail on the head when it comes to simplifying dieting,

    “You need to burn more calories then you eat.”

    although I’m not too sure about that amount of fat! ;)

    Simple but true.
    Dean

    • May 4, 2010 Reply

      Jonny

      Hi Dean,

      Cheers for the comment. This is definitely my overriding principle although many seem to disagree with it. I would guess do what you find works, different things will no doubt work for different people but it will take some serious training to start consuming the amount of fat I do and not throw up :)

  • May 10, 2010 Reply

    mike

    I think I will give it a try… once a month. at least it will give me an excuse to eat more pizza!

    • May 10, 2010 Reply

      Jonny

      …and to be honest, thats all we are all looking for in life isn’t it…an excuse to eat more pizza.

      Thanks for visiting the site mike and commenting, good luck with the tomato based diet.

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