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I have lost 215 pounds in 11 months. I had zero clue about nutrition. So clueless in fact, the first day of my diet I downloaded the myfitnesspal app and started from there. My only criteria for losing weight? A self imposed 1600 calorie a day diet, and never eating a cheeseburger or slice of pizza again.
Please, keep in mind the day before my first day, I literally ate 80 dollars in fast food. My last unhealthy meal took place on January 25th, 2012. Let me walk you through my last day of eating unhealthily. Be prepared. Also, if this turns in to a TL:DR, you can skip to the bold for the grand total, and continue from there.
Breakfast: As soon as I woke up I began to obsess on my first meal. So what'd I do? I hit Arby's, I ordered as follows. A number three, large sized with curly fries. A number three is a Max Beef n Cheddar combo, on the side I ordered a chicken bacon swiss sandwich, with a large jalapeño popper with ranch dipping sauce, and since I needed to even out all that salty goodness, I ordered an apple pastry for dessert. Grand Total: 18.47 cents. I ordered the same thing from Arby's every time I'd order, and I'll never forget that number. 3,840 calories. For breakfast.
Kyle! Stop dude! You're fucking with me! No, my dude, I'm not. Oh, and that's breakfast. Allow me to continue.
Lunch: Okay, bud, I had Arby's for breakfast, and I'll have it again for my first dinner, but I need to change it up for lunch, after all, variety is the spice of life, and me, being a connoisseur of the finest fast food has to offer, I need to switch it up. I decide to stop at Mcdonald's. So, I get a Double QP meal, large sized. Since I'm hungry, and ashamed, I don't want the person who works here to know I'm ordering the massive amount of food for myself, so to cover my tracks, I order a 20 piece McNugget Meal COMBO, Large sized of course, 'cause, dude who works at McDonald's, my 'friend' is outside, you don't think I'm going to eat this all by myself, do you?! Oh, gotta get the hot mustard sauce for those nuggets too. Can't forget the two for a dollar apple pies, either, it's too good of a deal to pass up. I don't remember the price, but I just figured out the calories. 3,330 calories.
Snack time! Triple Whopper Combo, large, from Burger King. Snack time, you've gotta keep it light, my dudes. 2,310 Calories.
Dinner: Repeat Arby's. 3,840.
In this time I also ate 4 King Size packages of Reese's Peanut Butter Cups. 1,600 Calories.
So, when all was said and done at the end of a typical day, and my last day on my diet, I averaged 14,920 calories a day.
Okay, so, when I went to sleep at the end of this day I had no idea that tomorrow I would start eating differently. I'll skip how I decided to start my diet in this entry and get to my first day of dieting.
So, my first day, I decided I was just going to adhere to that 1,600 calorie a day diet with no nutritional knowledge at all. I ate one fried chicken tender, and barbecue sauce for 330 calories. It's not even 9 am yet and I've used up a major portion of my calories. Uh Oh. This is going to be a long day. It was. Keep in mind, i went from just shy of 15,000 calories a day, to 1,600. Probably dangerous. Definitely painful.
Eventually, I'd start experimenting with other foods rather than the garbage I had been accustomed to, vegetables to maximize volume of food while minimizing calories, little dieting tricks I learned along the way.
After a while of logging all of my calories, I reconnected with the woman who would ultimately become the patron saint of my life, Lauren, as mentioned in my original story. It had been years since I had last spoken with her. Our reconnection revolved around the story I had written for the forums at joerogan.net chronicling my weight loss to that point (which is detailed here) It was a pretty emotional reconnection, we discussed the main thing that would bring us closer than we had ever been before. Food. Our love of eating healthy, and feeling better about ourselves ended up being a magnetic force in a rekindling love for each other. We would talk for hours about things in health we loved. Our favorite foods. It was specifically her love of vegetables that really inspired me. She'd spend all day sending me pictures of exotic fruits and vegetables she would find in the markets around London (UK, but that's another blog post entirely.) things I'd never seen, or tried, but desired to try with her. Let me tell you, Lauren is one out of this world woman, her love of food is incredible. People who know her are truly blessed.
It was hugely due to this reconnection with Lauren that would lead me down an even healthier path, eating wise. I decided to go mostly raw, but still indulging in the occasional grilled chicken breast. Lauren was able to guide me, give me recipes, and inspire me to succeed. I often wonder, had I not had this reconnection with Lauren, would I have been able to keep on this successful road for so long? I don't know. It was her love and enthusiasm for all things food and health that kept me inspired in the doldrums and mundane of my diet. I thank her in my mind daily. Sadly, as of this posting we've lost touch again. I'm still very much in love, but fate is determined to keep us apart. I wish her the best, and just one more public thank you for giving me the drive to continue.
So, what is my diet like now? It's mostly raw nuts, raw veggies, and chia seeds. Natural Peanut Butter (I love Koeze Cream-Nut, manufactured in Grand Rapids, MI. It's incredibly delicious, I don't know what they do different, but it's something. I find it at Meijer.) I eat grilled chicken breast if I don't like how my Protein/Carb/Fat ratio for the day is looking. Recently I added hemp protein powder and Unsweetened Almond Milk in to the mix.
There is no secret weapon to losing weight. I've found the best attack plan is eating less of the right foods, and moving your ass more. My knowledge of nutrition is still incredibly lacking, but I learn more every day, and tweak my diet accordingly to try to find things that work better for me.
I know this blog post was all over the place, and if I can clarify any thing I may have left out, or not elaborated on fully, feel free to post in the comment section and I will address it specifically there.
Amazing. And he sums it up here:
[quote]There is no secret weapon to losing weight. I've found the best attack plan is eating less of the right foods, and moving your ass more
Read that carefully.
Notice he didn't say "less of the WRONG foods" or "MORE of the right foods".. It's LESS FOOD. Period. Even less of the good stuff.
wow. good for him
I hardly eat anything and still gain weight. It's so frustrating. I try to be good but I feel bad and then I do bad things, like eat ice cream. But I hardly eat anything and still gain weight. I would exercise more but it's hard with my schedule. Men have it so easy.
Let's hope he has the willpower and techniques to keep the weight off, unlike the other 80% of obese people.