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.

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Another reminder to myself – EAT, damnit!

Here I am eating 2,700 calories per day in an attempt to get under 200 pounds. I have been eating pretty damn close to this many calories a day for a solid four months. The benefits of tracking your food via myfitnesspal – I see that I changed from 2,800 calories a day down to 2,700 during the first week of July.

I still weigh around 212 pounds most days. Sometimes under 210 and sometimes closer to 215, but 212 is a pretty solid number.

However I hurt. My back hasn’t been pain free for at least the same time frame in which I changed my caloric intake.

Taking a step back – I don’t just track calories, I track macro intake, too. Currently I am eating 40/30/30 carb/pro/fat. Up until recently it was 45/30/25, but still 2,700 calories.

In looking at my workouts dating back to July I see that I start to complain about my back hurting.

Coincidence? I bet it isn’t.

I re-read two blog posts I wrote about this same time last year. Blog post from November 17th, 2015 and blog post from November 30th, 2015. Both talk about eating more and having positive results. Although one does talk about gaining weight and worrying about getting fat again. My biggest fear – waking up and being fat again. This fear keeps me tracking my food maniacally as I still do today. It keeps me working out when I probably shouldn’t be due to nagging injury. I want to keep myself accountable in both what I eat and my exercise to prevent waking up one day and realizing I am once again fat.

So last year about this time this is what I see:

  • On Monday November 16th I was slated to eat 3,400 calories – high carbs, low fat, over 200 grams of protein on a daily basis. It looks like I quickly adjusted down to 3,200 calories based on what I read in that second blog post on November 30th and what is in myfitnesspal. I stayed at 3,200 calories for a few months and then over the course of the next several months continued to take away 100 calories every few months until I got down to the 2,700 I am at right now and have been for over 4 months.
  • Looking at Decembers workouts a few things jump out. 1. I was working out more often including 2 a days fairly regular. 2. there is no complaint of pain. 3. The numbers I was lifting are better than they are today – heavier bench, deadlift and clean numbers jump out.
  • Moving into January I did Fran and was only 2 seconds off my PR – about 2 months ago we did it and I was almost a minute slower. I did Diane and cut 2 minutes off of my PR. I almost jerked 265 which I actually can’t imagine doing today.

Then the purchase of CrossFit Crush happened in March. I was still eating 3,200 calories a day, but my general stress/activity level went up by way of owning a gym. I started to note that my “cardio” times were dropping in March. Jackie was slower among other things. But I wonder how much of this was related to the added duties of being a gym owner? I know I never broke 220 pounds on the scale. So I wasn’t getting appreciably fatter.

In April the numbers still look good in my training log. I deadlifted 380 on at least 1 occasion and cleaned 245 – both numbers I just don’t feel like I could do today. Still eating 3,200 calories per day.

But in mid-April my calories started to decline. April held strong, but my mid to late May I started to note some disappointments in my lifts. By mid June I started to comment on my back and by then my calories were down to 2,800 per day. It’s essentially all down hill from there.

To summarize for myself: when I was eating over 3,000 calories a day I was setting PR’s and feeling good. Most noticeably in my higher rep deadlift sessions with weight over 300 pounds.

At no point did I get over 220 pounds.

Now I am eating around 2,700 calories a day and feel pretty beat up. No more PR’s. Running isn’t any better. Muscle ups aren’t any easier. Things I tell myself would be better if I weighed less. But there is the kicker – 500 calories a day less (I ate 3,200 calories for months where I at 3,400 calories for only a month at most) and I still weigh about the same.

Travis – please remind me again why you are eating so little?

That’s it. I’m kicking it back up starting immediately. I’m putting my goal daily at 3,000 again and on the days in which I work out I am having an extra Isagenix meal replacement shake at the end of the day that I will NOT count towards my daily intake. Just some extra calories in the form of good protein and carbs.

STOP CUTTING CALORIES, TRAVIS! It doesn’t work.

Newhart competing in local comp

For those who have read my stuff in the past know I am a fan of Natalie Newhart. Ever since that fateful moment at the CrossFit Games a few years ago when she couldn’t budge the deadlift weight in the final event – I have been a fan. Since she is local to Colorado it made being a fan for me even easier (I like rooting for the home teams …except the Broncos). When she whooped Andrea Ager at the Turkey Challenge at MBS a few seasons ago – even bigger fan.

Then she got caught doping by CrossFit.

She has/had one glaring weakness – her strength. But she is a little girl. Sort of like Chris Spealler. There is only so much weight you are going to be able to lift when you are naturally about 5 feet tall and weighing in around 120 pounds (is what I imagine her stats were before she started getting yolked). Spealler is only going to be able to lift so much, so is Newhart. There are guys and girls with bigger frames that will support more weight. I don’t think that has anything to do with your level of fitness. I think any weighted event should be based on body weight, not same weight for each athlete no matter how big or tall. Of course that then would open up the bag of worms for the bigger athletes doing body weight movements.

Anyway, on to the point…

There is a fairly big local competition coming up in Wyoming that many athletes will travel to compete in from surrounding states: the Wyoming Open. Today in a local Facebook Affiliate group this article was posted: Despite Ban, Newhart Allowed to Compete at 2016 Wyoming Open.

I have no problem with this. Especially if she isn’t going to be on the leaderboard or have a chance at winning any money. If she just wants to compete and feel that rush, fine by me.

What I do have a problem with is that no other athletes are being tested. Now, I don’t know 100% that they aren’t testing, but I can’t imagine they are. I doubt the really big national competitions like WZA and the Granite Games are testing athletes much less a competition out of Wyoming. So if you are not testing any other athletes how is it fair to punish one that was caught cheating by another organization? What’s to say she hasn’t stopped using for months now and is clean? And an even better question – how are you so sure that other athletes competing are NOT using? If they haven’t sniffed Regionals for CrossFit then they are not being tested. And I have to think that there are a LOT of CrossFitters using PEDs. It’s no different than that meathead at the globo gym curling 100 pounds and has a back covered in acne.

You’re being blind if you think only the top level athletes are using. I would guess that the percentage of local competitors using is higher than the percentage of those that make Regionals in CrossFit. There are probably more guys and gals using supplements that can be purchased online at these local competitions that have long been banned in “professional” sports (I put professional in quotes because I still find it hard to believe that athletes who compete at the CrossFit games are professionals when many have to raise money just to pay for their travel to get to the games).

So, to let Newhart play is great, but to single her out as a “cheater” when you aren’t verifying that no one else is “cheating” is not fair.

Let her play and let her win whatever she can until you are sure you have a fair playing field.

Me without a shirt on…posted on the internet…

This is has been something I have thought about doing for a long time, but haven’t because of embarrassment. Part of me thinks I look pretty good without a shirt on, and the louder part sees the imperfections. The “saggy skin” from being overweight for the better part of 20+ years.

I look at myself from when I played Little League Baseball and I was chunky. I have had kids on my son’s team that I thought were fat. That was me when I was eight. I wasn’t really large or wouldn’t even call myself obese, but I was fat.

In High School I was totally sheltered and shy because I was overweight and was picked on.

It only got worse after high school when I moved out on my own and really started eating shitty. I started playing way too many video games and the combination of never moving and eating like crap really piled on.

I would start going to the gym after I turned 21 and went to Las Vegas – it was the first time that the idea of a girlfriend was enough to get me to do something about my weight.

I was doing the basic globo gym routine, though. Lots of sets of 10, lots of rest between sets and little sweating. No plan around getting stronger. Sure, I got stronger, but it was because before the gym I didn’t do a thing – of course I was going to get stronger just by going. But plateau’s happened all the time. I didn’t really care, I just started to look at the gym as a reason to go eat a big pile of horrible food afterward.

“Hey, I was just at the gym so this big burrito covered in cheese is totally OK.”

The knowledge of not being able to out-work a bad diet was not in my head. The scale didn’t change, but I never really got on the scale.

Fast forward another 5 or 7 years of occasionally going to the gym and now I am wearing XXXL. Yes, three x’s. I shopped the Big and Tall sections only. Stores that didn’t carry anything bigger than XXL or size 42 inch pants were off limits – they didn’t have anything that fit me.

Fast forward a few more years and I have actually got myself down to about 230 pounds. Probably the lightest I had been in a number of years. I meet my future wife, we get married and I get comfortable again. Bam, back to 290-300 pounds.

This gets me to the picture on the left in the set of pictures below. That picture was taken at my son’s first birthday party, so about February of 2010. That’s me. Large, red cheeks and I am out of breath when I tie my shoes. Continue reading

Someone stop Planet “Fitness”, please

I am far from perfect when it comes to my diet. From the time I started this blog several years ago when I was pretty damn strict Paleo and doing Whole 30’s to now when nothing is really off limits as long as it fits my macro goals my diet has been rangy at best. I’m not a lean mean fighting machine. Not to toot my own horn but I have a six pack that is visible when I wake up in the morning and after a hard workout there is definitely definition…but there is also a lot of loose skin still present from weighing close to or over 300 pounds for most of my adult life. I’m far from perfect looking and my diet is a large part of that.

With that all being said, this makes me sick:

ugh

This was taken from Facebook and the name and identity is hopefully hidden well enough. This isn’t even a friend of mine so this makes me feel a bit like some sort of freaky and gross stalker that takes pictures of people in public and posts them, but the point isn’t the person in the picture, it’s what is represented.

Along with this picture was some text that basically said something like, and I paraphrase just a bit “I worked out for 90 minutes and my gym was giving out free pizza so, why not??”

Your GYM WAS GIVING OUT FREE PIZZA?!?!

WHAT.

THE.

FUCK!?

I have heard that Planet Fitness does shit like this, but I haven’t seen it up close and – like 3 friends removed on Facebook – personal. I have seen the memes for Planet Fitness that jokes that they do not allow deadlifts or people to “intimidate” other members by looking healthy, but I figured they were jokes. It’s no joke, is it?

This poor soul went and probably burned somewhere in the realm of 300-400 calories. Maybe. If she really busted her hump she might have hit 500 calories. But that is 90 minutes of pretty intense activity. That isn’t a small piece of pizza and I’m guessing it represents at least 300 calories. You do the math.

I would feel dirty if I wore a Planet “Fitness” t-shirt in public. It would be like wearing a Donald Trump t-shirt to a political conference.