(Total Miles Walked: 620.5)
Once again, it’s been ages since my last update, so I apologize for keeping everyone in suspense. The truth is that I’ve been rather lazy on the treadmill desk front lately. My company recently sent me a fantastic new laptop that has given me an excuse for sitting in the recliner instead of walking most days. However, I wanted to share my weight loss progress by explaining how a high protein, high fiber, low carb diet can work wonders.
The Four Hour Body
A friend recently recommended a book called The 4-Hour Body which I eventually read and started following its advice. In the book, the author, Tim Ferriss, suggests following what he calls “The Slow Carb Diet” to rapidly lose weight. It essentially cuts out all non-vegetable carbs (breads, rice, pasta), and suggests moderate portions of lentils and other beans, whole vegetables (except starchy ones like potatoes), eggs, and meats. You eat 4 meals per day, starting right after you wake up, so this ends up being about every 3-5 hours.
If you follow the diet strictly, it also recommends cutting out basically anything that’s white or can be white (dairy products, yogurt, etc.) and anything with sugar (beer, soda, candy). You’re allowed one glass of red wine per night, however. There’s no calorie counting, per se, but the suggested food list is consists of a lot of things that are high volume but low in calories (spinach, lentils, egg whites).
This results in a diet that is very high in protein and fiber and very low in non-vegetable carbs. However, once per week, you’re allowed a “cheat day” where you can go nuts and eat whatever you want. The side effects of the cheat day include some temporary weight gain, but the results at the end of each week have been impressive. Since starting the diet, I’m down 17 pounds in roughly 2 months, and I certainly haven’t followed it “strictly” (darn you, delicious beer!!).
The PAGG Stack
Another set of suggestions in the book are to take specific nutritional supplements intended to help your body destroy “mature” fat cells and convert more of the food you consume into energy instead of being stored as fat. The daily regimen looks like this:
- Policosanol – 23 mg – once per day before final meal
- Alpha Lipoic Acid – 100-300 mg – 4 times per day before meals
- Garlic Extract (Allicin) – 200 mg – 4 times per day before meals
- Green Tea Extra (ECGC) – 325 mg – 3 times per day before first 3 meals
I’ve been on this regimen for about 6 weeks now, and while it’s impossible to say for sure whether or not it’s really helping due to my simultaneous dietary changes, I’m definitely feeling more muscle mass in my abdomen, and my old pants are starting to fit again.
I bought all of my supplements on Amazon individually, but there are some places that sell the entire PAGG stack combined into just one or two capsules per day.
ACE/SABA Weight Loss Supplements
My brother-in-law recently started taking a supplement called ACE (Appetite, Control, and Energy), and he absolutely swears by it. He’s lost nearly 40 pounds in just over 2 months since taking this, plus he’s been going to the gym much more and watching what he eats. It’s intended to help curb your appetite and give you more energy during the day (with the help of 180mg of caffeine – about 2 cups of coffee worth).
I just started my daily ACE regimen a couple of weeks ago, and I noticed a slight decrease in my appetite, although my energy levels have remained the same. Sure, part of all these supplements may be a bit of a placebo effect, but there’s a reason they call that “an effect”. When you’re actively thinking about food as energy instead of a reward or just another thing to do, it helps you decrease your intake and only eat when your body tells you it needs some more energy.
So, this post had absolutely nothing to do with treadmills or desks, but it’s a long-overdue update for this site, and I have a lot more to talk about once I make some more time to work on it. I’m finally starting to see some real weight loss results, and it’s due to a combination of a high protein, high fiber diet and supplements. I’m sure my results would be more impressive if I’d actually continued to walk a few miles during the day!
NOTE: Always consult your physician before taking any dietary supplements or starting a rigorous exercise routine!
I have some ideas for a site re-design that I’ll hopefully get around to implementing soon. Most of my free time has been spent working on an iPhone app that I’m designing with some friends (not fitness-related). I’ll post more about that very soon.
Take care, and happy walking!