The Accountability Check

  • I’ve been fasting for 71 days.
  • It’s time to pull back the curtain.
  • Tips, tricks, and advice are on the way.

Happy Friday!

It’s been a heavy Rude this week, as the world is either on fire, or the media thinks it’s on fire.

So, I thought I’d end the week by holding myself accountable to you.

I’ve found some interesting things, but remember, the sample size is only one – me.  So, as my good friend Alex says, take everything I write with a pinch of sodium chloride.

The Embarrassing Part

I’ve always relied on walking all over creation to keep my weight from getting out of control.  But when the government-induced private-sector shutdown happened because governments panicked over the virus, I couldn’t even walk outside anymore.

“Suck it up and wear a mask!” you say?

Here in Cebu, where it’s perpetually over 90 degrees every day?

Not happening.

That, combined with a general lethargy from sitting in my house all day, led me to balloon.

So here it is: 71 days ago, I started my journey at an embarrassing 286 lbs. (130.0 kg / 20 stone 6 lbs).

It’s a staggering achievement, getting that heavy on a 5’10” (178 cm) frame.

That also meant my BMI was at a dangerous 41.03.

I don’t like the BMI too much, as it implies no one’s supposed to have significant muscle mass.  But even I knew I couldn’t leave the situation as is.

That, combined with our governments trying to stab us with their “vaccine” – their word, not mine – motivated me in a way I hadn’t been inspired before to get in better shape.

How’s It Gone?

First, I learned that celebrities fasted to get in shape for their movies.  Terry Crews, Hugh Jackman, and Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson are all fasting devotees.

That shocked me because those guys are muscular, to say the least.

I tried intermittent fasting a few times but always gave up.

The main reason why is that I hate skipping breakfast.  Like, really, really hate it.

Eggs and bacon are the cornerstones of my morning happiness, and giving them up was too much to bear.

Most of the advice out there consists of fasting between 8 pm and 12 pm the next day.  I think it’s terrible advice.

As friend and Free the Animal author Richard Nikoley told me, when the monks in East Asia want to lose weight, they skip dinner.

After a huge Sunday brunch, that was all I needed to hear to confirm my suspicion.

Since then, fasting has been a breeze.  Yes, a breeze.

My Weekly Schedule

Let me write it out for you first and then explain:

  • Sunday: eat a hearty breakfast of eggs, bacon, and well-buttered toast.  Drink a couple of cups of black coffee.  For lunch, eat a pile – yes, a pile – of pasta.  After eating – which is about 1 pm – start the fasting clock.
  • Monday: Drink some Evian and have a cup of black coffee at home.  Break my fast at 8 am – notice that’s 19 – not 16 – hours later – with three hard-boiled eggs and three strips of bacon.  By noon, eat lunch, which is usually a big omelet of eggs, ham, and cheese.  No carbs until Friday.  By noon, start the fasting clock.
  • Tuesday and Wednesday: repeat.
  • Thursday: OMAD, one meal a day, today.  I wake up, and by 06:30, I eat an enormous breakfast.  By 7 am, I hit the fasting clock for my 30-hour Thursday to Friday fast.
  • Friday: wake up and weigh myself.  Then black coffee and water only until 13:00, when my 30-hour fast concludes.  Then at 1 pm – this is the fun part – 3 slices of pizza and a dozen chicken wings.  The wings don’t have any sauce on them, but they are fried.  After the gluttonous lunch, start the fasting clock again.
  • Saturday: break my fast around 8 am for a 19-hour fast (usually).  Enjoy my day with a cafe latte, some carbs, and maybe even a burger.  Eat normally.  Around 5 pm, hit the fasting clock.
  • Exception: once, Pam and I had a charcuterie and wine night on a Saturday.  We’ll do that again soon.  But honestly, I can’t handle booze right now.  At all.  That’s probably the most significant change I’ve experienced.

More Explanations

First, I drink only black coffee, except on Saturdays, when I have a latte from my favorite coffee shop in Cebu, Abaca.  It’s lovely stuff.  At home, I drink Lavazza Qualita D’Oro or Duncan Donuts Hazelnut.

I can’t recommend enough finding a coffee you enjoy drinking black.  A grande mocha frappucino from Starbucks is not coffee.  It’s dessert.

Over time, you’ll stop making or ordering large black coffees.  I certainly have.  I can’t take them anymore.

Right now, I’m on the regular size.  But for the first time in my life, I understand why Italians only drink a demitasse (bullet) of espresso.  It’s plenty when you’re not used to getting bombarded with oversized coffees.

No, I don’t have carbs from Monday to Thursday.  Now, I’m fine.  At first, it was weird.  Trust me; your body will tell you when it’s ok.  I stopped the carbs about a month ago.

Yes, I carb load on the weekends.  I tried Atkins 20 years ago.  I tried Tim Ferriss’s slow-carb diet with great results but couldn’t keep it going for more than three months.

I want pasta and bread, and I’m going to have them.  But I time it much better and still fast after I eat them.  It’s a seachange in my attitude towards carbs.

The 30-hour fast from Thursday to Friday isn’t that bad at all.  I’m writing this at 8 am my time, and I have 5 hours to go.  I’ve only had water so far this morning.

But I will have a coffee as soon as I stop writing.  It’s fine now, but I wouldn’t try a 30-hour fast willy nilly.  Eat a truckload before you start it, as well.  It really helps.

Regarding beer, I just can’t drink the stuff.  Same with wine.  It makes me feel ill.  I’m sure I’ll be ok in the future.  But right now, I’m riding a sober wave to weight loss.

The Results So Far

As of my weigh-in this morning, I’m down to 118.8 kg (261.9 lbs or 18 stone 10 lbs) over 71 days.  As a result, my BMI is down to 37.5.

Much better, but still a long way to go!

Three funny things, at least to me:

  1. I actually gained weight the first week I fasted.  I think my body went into starvation mode.  Oh, the irony. 
  2. When I stopped taking supplemental vitamins, my weight loss rate increased. 
  3. This week, I added rope skipping, Tabata style (20 seconds on, 10 seconds off, for 4 minutes), and 75 kettlebell swings on alternating days.  My weight loss rate has decreased.  But it’s only a week, so I’ll continue to exercise.

But I’m pleased with the 11.2 kg/24.7lb weight loss so far.  I’m over a quarter of the way to my desired weight of 90 kg.

And it hasn’t even been that hard.

If you want to ask me any further questions, do write asksean@paradigm.press.  I’m happy to talk about this until the cows come home.

In the meantime, have a lovely weekend!

All the best,

Sean

P.S. You’re too kind to ask for proof, but I’ll show you anyway:

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