When I was a kid, I really didn’t have to think about what I ate or getting enough exercise. When I was 16 I was 140lbs, eating whatever I wanted and didn’t step into a gym once. It didn’t really start catching up to me until I was about 20. In 6 months, I shot up from 140 to 175lbs living on the standard American diet of Dunkin’ Donuts egg sandwiches, burgers, fries, and monster energy drinks when I needed them.
Last year, around when I turned 24, I started to work out and try and take control of my body. My typical workout regiment was running 10 miles a week - working towards being able to run 5 miles in 45 minutes. I always heard diet was important but I ignored that fact and figured if I worked out, I’d be able to get in decent shape. After a year of doing this and reaching that running goal, I was still at 175lbs.
Halfway through the year, I started listening to Jocko Podcast. He isn’t a “motivation” or a “health/fitness” person but with his Navy SEAL techniques, he flanked me into being fascinated in his health habits. I bought a kettlebell from Onnit (a business that sponsors Jocko Podcast and Joe Rogan is partial owner) and some supplements.
Around November of last year, I realized that if I want to get the most out of my workout, I was going to have to make some big changes. I bought Jocko's Disciple Equals Freedom Field Manual along with a couple books on the Paleo Diet. On December 24th, I immediately cut out sugars and strictly limited carbohydrates from my diet. On the same day, I more than doubled my workout regimen - which you can find in my blog.
So since then, I have been educating myself in the world of health and fitness from people like Ben Greenfield, Shawn Stevenson, Dom D'Agostino, and other experts who have discovered incredible things through their own clients and self-experimentation. With this information, I've started my own experiments, which I feel have gotten interesting enough to where I want to record them in this blog.
This high fat diet has brought me from 175lbs down to 155lbs in the first 3 months Now I've upgraded from a 35lb to a 70lb kettlebell and 20lb to 35lb (and just about ready for 40lb) dumbbells. Outside that, I quit drinking energy drinks but I feel like I have more energy than ever.
My most recent experiments (all in the past month) have involved intermittent fasting, a blood glucose monitor, cold thermogenesis, and more - go check out the blog and I'll update where this has taken me. I'm having fun with these experiments and I'm learning a ton every day about health, fitness, and longevity from the experts who are also doctors or physical trainers that I listen to.
Feel free to comment with questions, advice, etc. and I'll do my best.