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The Low Carb Purge: 8 Pounds in 10 Days

Yup, in full penance mode for an overindulgent Thanksgiving, and in pre-penance mode for my holiday party, I spent 10 days cutting out the carbs (under 30g a day) and mostly sticking to a Primal diet (occasional grass-fed butter and cheese). The results? Better than they look. My waist is down 1.5″, my weight dropped … Continue reading

No Sleep Till Brooklyn

The name of the game is testosterone. It builds muscle mass, burns fat, increases bone density and virility, and stabilizes blood pressure (at physiologic levels). How to increase it? Like we’ve found out in older posts, the answer is 1) sleep, 2) eat a lot of saturated fat, and 3) do brief intense exercise. Wellp, … Continue reading

A Ton of Food

400 pounds, 5 reps. That’s a ton of weight, literally and figuratively. That was my deadlift assignment for the Crossfit Football workout this afternoon. It wasn’t so long ago that this was my *one*-rep max, but I felt ready. Then I started thinking about how slippery the bar was, even with all the chalk I … Continue reading

Crockpot Cilantro Lime Chicken

Sadly, there’s no picture. That’s how quickly this recipe got devoured. This is going to be (I think) the start of a weekly tradition of using the slow-cooker to make pounds and pounds of meat in one afternoon, experimenting with different flavor combinations instead of the same old weekly coconut milk and green curry. Not … Continue reading

How to Hard-Boil an Egg

Alright, it’s been three weeks. I’m still not sure how long I’m going to continue this whole challenge, but we’re throwing a very non-Paleo cocktail party on July 6, so that *might* be a reasonable day to break it. Then again, I do have a hankering for some ice-cream. And I have access to an … Continue reading

Adventures in Grilling

It’s that time again, folks. Day 1 of a whole new Paleo Challenge is complete. The combination of my slowly-increasing weight, my slowly-worsening asthma, and my mysteriously-shrinking pants is forcing my hand a little bit, and so for the next 2-4 weeks, I’m going hardcore. No sugar, no dairy, no grains, no potatoes, no booze … Continue reading

Guilt Trip

The unbearable guilt! The cumulative effects of a very non-Paleo month had left me feeling and looking a little flabby (186 lbs, 19% body fat), so a series of wildly drastic get-fit-quick plans rushed through my head. Work out three times a day! Sprints every morning! No carbs! No liquor! All easier said than done. … Continue reading

Burger of the Day

My “old man” dinner last night was a rabid clustering of every low-carb high-fat ingredient in my fridge, throwing them together in a pan to break an unexpected fast of sorts. A long lunch meeting at work turned out *not* to have any lunch at all. Just coffee and fruit. Blerg. So aside from my … Continue reading

Carb Backloading Experiment – Day 3

This post is brought to you by the good people at Jimmy John’s subs, who find giant lettuce leaves to use as wraps for their ‘unwich’ subs! I got a turkey club with extra cheese for lunch (39g fat, 8g carb, 28g protein), which I highly recommend for any low-carb pursuers, even in the short … Continue reading

Carb Backloading Experiment – Day 1

In order to give one last whirl to such things as intermittent fasting, cheat day gorging, and super-low-carb eating in general, I’m putting myself through a 10-day experiment with The Carb Backloading Plan. You’ll see the rules and goals of the program as I go through my day chronologically. Why 10 days? Because each of … Continue reading