A few weeks ago a friend posted on Facebook that too many friends were dying, and it got me thinking; I am approaching the age (nearly 47) when the genetically unlucky and the ones who have over indulged (drink, drugs, food – take your pick) will start shuffling off. As one of the over indulged, mainly food in my case, I have made a decision that I don’t intend to be first, unless of course I am genetically unlucky.
My weight has nearly reached 17 stone (NSFW photo below) and even at the upper end of the acceptable BMI scale I need to lose nearly 5 stone. At 2 pounds a week that’s 35 weeks of steady weight loss and then a more healthy lifestyle forever.
I have started eating differently by going high fat, low carb, firstly because it can work well where cycling is concerned and secondly there’s nothing like a fad diet to get me focused.
The aim is to reduce carbs to less than 20 g a day, protein to 1 -1.5 g per Kg of body weight and the rest of my calories from fat – olive oil, butter, cheese and fatty meats. The theory is that your body stops relying on carbs for energy and uses fat, either the fat you have consumed, or if you are in a calorie deficit, the fat in your body. On long bike rides I do not need to keep eating energy bars (they’re far too chewy) or gels (like sucking off a tellytubby), I can just eat normally and get the rest of my energy from my fat stores. I tested this on Sunday and did 42 miles (about 1000 calories) after eating just 30 g of cheddar (about 120 calories) and I didn’t suffer any more than usual. I got home about 14:00 and didn’t feel the need to eat until 16:30 and then didn’t eat again in the evening.
I’ve done nearly 2 weeks already and I have lost about 10 pounds; this will be mainly down to fluids but if I keep up the cycling and watch the calories I should manage 2 pounds per week. My energy levels are good and my appetite has definitely reduced as I eat breakfast, lunch and dinner with no desire to eat in between.
The best thing about this new eating regime – Bacon and Cheese for breakfast tomorrow.
Scroll down if you want to see me in just shorts, my tummy looks like a pallid muffin. I won’t be posting a weekly pic, maybe once every 3 months.
Here’s a picture of a nice bike.
Last chance to scroll back up.
I did warn you.