45lbs In Less Than 90 Days! Aaron Starts a New Way of Life
Posted Sep 25 2013 6:30pm
Aaron is much like myself.
Always pretty active, not the best diet, but not awful either. Generally pretty good health. That was, until that one fateful moment.
The moment many of us know.
The one we wouldn’t trade for anything.
The moment our first child is born.
It is one of the best times in our lives, but it also one of the most difficult to manage in general, let alone try and keeping to an exercise routine or eating well. Heck, I was just happy to get some food into my mouth.
Aaron is no different. After becoming a father he found himself more than 50 pounds overweight.
Many men and women find this gradual weight gain too late and before they know it they are in Aaron’s position. We hope you will find this interview with him inspiring.
So, Aaron, thank you for sharing your story with us. So, what happened?
I gradually gained weight as I got older and although I indulged from time to time, I felt I ate a healthy diet. I was feeling more helpless as time progressed as I could not exercise due to the physical constraints of chronic pain due to injury.
One day a good friend told me he was worried about my health and I should do something about my weight. It made me think more about my children and how restricted I was with the types of activities I could do with them.
Around the same time a new book was released by a particular author. I had read and enjoyed his previous book very much so I purchased a copy. Part of the book was on weight loss and it turned conventional wisdom on its head. Everything was backed by independent science. I implemented the change after my next trip to the grocery store.
Now, I’m dying to know, what was the book? I’m betting it was 4 Hour Body by Tim Ferriss ? It is a great book, I love the idea of body hacking. Did you just follow this idea or any other formal diet?
I’m not sure if you would call it formal but rather a set of guidelines.
It is called low carb or slow carb. It basically cuts out all fast burning carbohydrates (grains, potatoes, yams etc.), sugars (including fruit & artificial sugar) and dairy.
It starts with a high protein breakfast (30g minimum) within 30 minutes of waking up and every meal should have a good portion of protein. You eat slow burning carbs or legume vegetables (lentils & beans), vegetables and any animal proteins.
You cannot drink calories so only black tea and coffee is allowed, and you must drink a minimum of 1.5L/51oz of water every day. One day a week is cheat day and it should be the same day every week.
Yes, it is pretty simple. Eating clean and the rights foods make all the difference.
Consistency is the key.
Whatever you have chosen as the path to weight loss, you have to stick to it. You can’t think of the change you are going to make as temporary or something you will do until you lose weight. You will just go back to your old ways and habits that made you gain weight.
It has to be a life change, not just a diet, or a health kick.
Exactly! That is why these fad diets just don’t work. You can’t incorporate them into your lifestyle for the long term.
So now that you have lost more than 50lbs, how has your life changed?
Now I am much lighter, a lot of the pain I was feeling due to old injuries has gone.
I am able to be more active.
This allows better quality time with my children. Mentally, I am much more positive about my health than I was a few years ago. So much so that I have started to work toward larger health and fitness goals.
Aaron, we are excited to hear that. Would you come back in the near future and keep us posted on those please? Also, do you have any departing thoughts or advice for someone reading this interview?
Don’t listen to the conventional wisdom of weight loss.
There is so much noise about health and fitness today. It is very important that you try to understand the motivation behind the advice. For example: A company selling whole wheat bread has a motivation of profit and the profit of other businesses affiliated with it.
Obviously they will promote whole wheat as being extremely healthy and omit the facts that do not support this argument.
To me that is bad advice.
Take advice from people who have achieved the goals you want to achieve. Not the spectators.
Understand that you are going to make some significant changes. That means going without food you love. Also understand that it is natural to feel the need to cheat on this new type of diet and rather than suppress this need you should manage it.
You should choose the same day every week (mine is Saturday) to indulge in the food that you crave.
Thank you again Aaron for sharing your story and experience.