November 5th, apologies for the late update here. Lots has happened and there's been yet another change of plan, so let's get to it.
So first of all, I didn't do what I said I would do in my last blog, which was to increase the P:E ratio again. I just couldn't ignore how much better I felt on high fat, so I just kept doing that. 🤷🏼♂️
In fact, over the last month, I've done some more research and I've come to realize that, as humans, we are designed to be in ketosis and live on fat. I'd go so far as to say that this is what makes us human. See this outstanding video by Amber O'Hearn for the reasons as to why.
I'm convinced that being in ketosis and living on mostly fat is paramount to our physical, mental and emotional well-being.
So over the last month, I kept the high fat, kept feeling good (even through a brief episode where I got sick with a bug) and kept lifting heavy and getting stronger and stronger in my home gym.
Now, I didn't count my food this month, and I gained weight, unfortunately, but things are still largely moving in the right direction regardless.
I can literally feel the muscle I'm building. My chest and belly in particular have never felt so firm and muscular, despite still being covered by a significant layer of fat.
In fact, since things seemed to be going so well, I had pretty much decided to just take a big fat break from weight loss, ignoring the scale and just focusing on getting as strong and muscular as possible for the remainder of 2020.
Why would I ignore the scale?
Well, I know myself a little bit and so I knew that if my bodyweight went up significantly while focused on getting as strong and muscular as possible, it would start messing with my head, and I'd start sabotaging myself – hopping back and forth between weight loss and strength gains, and never getting anywhere with either.
So my plan was going to be to focus entirely on getting as strong and muscular as I could possibly become, and then picking the fat loss back up in January. This would have been a very appealing option, especially seeing how I'd possibly match or even break some of my all time PRs in the process.
But I changed my mind. 🔄
I realized that this plan was kind of a cop-out, and that avoiding the scale was not ever going to be a good idea for me, given my history.
I also realized that I don't have to wait for January, since I'm already pretty strong and muscular as it is.
Seriously, I'm within 95% of my all time best numbers on some lifts – PRs I set almost six years ago, when I was still in college and exercising 7-8 times a week.
For example, I did 5 reps with 225lbs on the Bench Press this morning, which gives me an estimated 1RM of 262. Compare that to my actual PR on this lift: 264.
Because of all of this, now would be as good of a time to start losing fat as would January. So I decided to face reality after all, got out the measuring tape and stepped on the scale:
+ 6lbs ⚖️
+ .75in 📏
I'm not happy with this, but I'm also trying to realize that I'm not altogether worse off than last time I was at this weight, seeing that I gained some good strength and muscle.
This is not a step back, it's a new starting point.
So, what now?
Shockingly, I'm getting back on the Snake Diet. 🐍
I think I'm finally in the right space, both mentally and physically, to get back on this aggressive fat loss strategy again.
I'm going a little less aggressive than last time I tried snaking, because I'm going to be using the rolling 48 protocol. This means that I'll be eating once every two days, combined with lifting every other day.
Now, I am aware of the adverse effects extended fasting can have on your hormones. I know that fasting is a stressor, and that the adrenal response of the endocrine system can jack up some people's blood sugar to diabetic numbers.
But I also know that our bodies were not designed to be on an IV drip. A healthy body does not need a constant supply of nutrition all day. The whole reason we store fat is so that we can utilize it later, right? So a healthy body with plenty of body fat should easily be able to go without food for an extended period of time.
"If you're fat, you don't need to eat!"
- Cole Robinson (Snake Diet)
In other words: I think that fasting is a completely natural and healthy thing to do, in almost all circumstances.
Any adverse hormonal response is likely not due to the fasting itself, but to stress accumulation and overload in general. To mitigate this risk, I will do my best to keep stress to a minimum, prioritize sleep, and closely monitor how I feel. If I think my stress levels are getting high, I will simply stop fasting.
So, for the coming month, I will still be living on fat – it's just going to be mostly my own body fat. 😉
I expect this plan will allow me to lose 3-4lbs of body fat per week, while maintaining muscle mass. I'll keep you all updated!