A lesson in mis-direction

This video caught my eye. Not because he eats only one meal a day, but because I was wondering how in the world he gets enough fuel from only one meal a day to not only leave him satisfied for the other 23 and a half hours of the day (assuming he eats so much it takes him 30 minutes to do the actual consuming).

I mean, the dude is huge. He says he weighs 220 pounds in the video and by most calculations he would need at least 3,000 calories a day to maintain. Assuming he works out 3-5 times a week. By the looks of him I am guessing that is guessing low.

Let’s just say he need 3,000 calories a day to maintain weight and energy. How big is that one meal he eats?!

Here’s the video:
(Skip under it and I can sum it up if you don’t want to watch the 20+ minutes.)

Here is what he makes:

  • Only the tips of two big handfuls of asparagus – let’s say 2 cups worth to overestimate. About 52 calories according to myfitnesspal.
  • About 5 or 6 jalapenos. Maybe 30 calories on the high end according to MFP.
  • A handful of green onion. 10 calories.
  • A large bunch of kale. No way is it 20 calories, but we’ll say that.
  • And then maybe 6 cups or so of brussel sprouts. 250 calories?

He doesn’t put any sort of oil or butter on the very large pile of green veggies and roasts them with some seasoning.

The volume of food is almost daunting, but it is only 350-400 calories of food. He then says he will eat probably half today and the other half tomorrow. That’s 200 calories so far.

He also makes a protein shake to go with the lump of vegetables. In the shake he adds:

  • 1 and a half scoops of his plant based protein. According to their website 1 scoop is 30 calories. I’ll give him the benefit of the doubt and give him 50 calories.
  • 2 more supplements that I gather were maybe 100 calories worth.
  • Then the big hitter, 2 big scoops of “natural” Skippy peanut butter. He goes on and on about how healthy eating once a day is, how important veggies are for this and that reason, but the biggest caloric item he is eating is made of sugar. For this “natural” peanut butter the second ingredient is sugar. He should go with Adam’s instead and skip the sugar. Anyway, two heaping spoonfuls of the PB is probably close to 400 calories. He isn’t measuring by any means and they are big spoonfuls. Maybe 500 calories.
  • Finally he adds maybe 3 cups of coconut milk. Looks to be the original and not unsweetened kind (again, more sugar) so that is about 240 calories, on the high side.

His shake is about 900 calories (of which is mostly sugar). So much for not drinking your calories to help you feel full…

All in all he is eating about 1200 calories in this one meal for the day.

In the beginning of the video he talks about being dizzy and light headed at the end of his workout – he eats his one meal after his workout. He seems to blow it off…maybe it is because he is starving himself.

The premise of the video is that eating 1 meal a day is healthy and will help you lose weight. He has lost nearly 20 pounds eating only once a day!

I bet I could eat 7 times a day and lose weight by only eating 1200 calories in a day.

HE IS STARVING HIMSELF

That’s why he is losing weight. I wonder how long he has been doing this once a day thing at the time he recorded this video. I wonder how much his performance in the gym has slipped. He says he doesn’t care about losing muscle, which will obviously happen eating so little, but I would have to believe that when he is unable to actually workout for any length of time because he just tires so quickly he will re-evaluate his diet choice.

HeĀ  will either need to eat more – a LOT more – at that one sitting or add meals. I also wonder if he wasn’t taking some kind of pre-workout and not considering that eating.

For example, does he ONLY drink water the rest of the day. No other consumption of any sort of food or drug? If he drinks OJ, for example, that is eating and not truly fasting (or eating 1 meal a day).

It’s a very misleading video. I don’t think there is any question you will lose weight if you workout several times a week and only eat 1200 calories a day. But is it the RIGHT way to do it?

Depends on the person and their goals. I can assure you not everyone will look like he does eating that way.

To abort or continue? More diet talk.

It has been about two weeks since I started eating 3,400 calories a day, regardless of activity level.

It sure feels a lot longer than two weeks, but two weeks ago I wrote this blog post about eating more and changing my carb/fat/pro intake levels.

This morning I weighed myself and I weigh just over 219 pounds. That scares me. That is four pounds more than I weighed when I had my body fat tested about two and a half weeks ago and about 13 pounds more than I weighed when I did the Pound for Pound competition in early October.

I have always said that I don’t want to wake up one morning and weigh 220 or 230 pounds again. Before I started tampering with my nutrition I weighed in under 210 pounds everyday. Sometimes around 205 or less.

I need to write to give myself some perspective and put my thoughts on paper.

  • It’s only 15 pounds, at most, since I started eating more and that date spans back to early August. So I have gained about 12-15 pounds in four months. Is that too much? I know from a recent test that about four pounds of that weight gain is lean mass.
  • I just went on a vacation and we just passed Thanksgiving weekend – I could easily drop a few pounds by just returning to eating normal.
  • I feel pretty good at the gym.
  • Some of my clothes have felt a little bit tighter.
  • I don’t think I see a change in how I look in the mirror. If anything, I actually felt like I looked leaner this morning BEFORE I stepped on the scale.
  • I feel better – healthier. I don’t have as many little nagging injuries. Tomorrow I will attempt 15.3 again for the first time since I did it last March in Arizona and hurt my shoulder – an injury that seemingly has only gotten better once I started eating more – and eating more carbs. Prior to August my shoulder was still bad, add in more calories and carbs and it has gotten better.

I am really, REALLY tempted to bump my calories per day down from 3,400 to 3,200…but it’s only been two weeks.

I have noticed at night I sometimes feel like I need to eat something just to eat – not because I am hungry – to get to my caloric and macro goals. If I dropped a few hundred calories per day I feel that wouldn’t happen as often.

I did some calculations based on the information provided on prepareandexecute.com and if I am a “1 times a day metcon” guy and want to weigh 190 pounds I should be eating about 3,050 calories a day. If I assume the same level of activity but want to weigh 200 pounds then it jumps up to just over 3,400 calories per day.

If I assume “competitor level” of activity (not Games level, but between metcon guy and Games level guy) and want to weigh 190 I should eat 3,200 calories per day and if I want to weigh 200 pounds then it jumps way up to 3,600 calories per day.

So I think either 3,200 or 3,400 is right. After two weeks and Thanksgiving and a vacation do I change or do I stick with it for another month?

I think I am going to drop. With the caveat that if I am really hungry at night I will eat a few hundred extra calories. I think most days 3,200 calories will be plenty.

I am scared of the scale, what can I say? I know I am not supposed to look, but I also know that I should weigh closer to 200 pounds than 220 for my height. If I was six foot tall or taller I would be OK with 220 pounds, but at about five-nine I think it is too much.

Change in diet documented. Again. More to come, I’m sure.