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.
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.