Friday, July 24, 2009

Day 5

Protein Uptake Down Regulation Prevention Day. I will be cutting calories by 50% today to try to prevent my body taking my protein eating for granted.

As you may have noticed from Brian's comments on the way I am following Tim Ferris' diet and exercise plans I tend to gravitate towards certain key phrases in the instructions and let some of the smaller details slide. Call it selective interpretation. It goes bad when you misread a line you feel is important (see day 2). One phrase I like was this one:

"Eat as much as you like of the above food items."

So I grabbed on to that sentence, scanned the items for foods I liked or could tolorate and created my diet and I have not gone for long periods of time with hunger (which was typically my barometer of weight loss aptitude in previous experiments like this one). I have not really kept a clear record of how many calories I have consumed nor have I tried to control caloric consumption one way or there other until today per the one day restriction on protein. This is where I feel I need to "stay the course of the plan" for this experiment's purpose. Just do what Tim says and see if it works, if it doesn't - it's on him.

I would be lying by omission if I did not mention an unexpected side effect. What I've been eating has had a profound effect on my digestive system. I don't think I'm the only one who has this reaction to suddenly eating mostly veggies. Mark from Blink-182 weighs in on twitter:

So, what does give? and give? and give some more? Apparently the amount of gas is caused by the increase in complex carbs. The gnarlyness however, is up for debate.

Food Intake:
2 cups of coffee
1 cup Quinoa and Veggies (leftover)
Sliced Chicken and Spinach rolls
Spinach and Red Leaf Salad w/ Tomatoes, Green Onions, Corn
Pork Roast (3 servings)
1 glass of wine


  1. Should I even ask why you know about Mark from Blink's digestive issues?

    Dude have you been eating so much food that you think you can actually get away with eating 50% fewer calories? Remember don't starve yourself. Try to eat high volumes of low calorie foods (spinach anyone? It worked for Popeye).

    Today is workout day 3 for me. Despite my plan to get 8 hours of sleep I woke up after 6. We'll see how that affects my routine. I hope to reach true failure on at least half of my workouts AND I may incorporate DROP SETS on 2 or 3 of my exercises.

    If you're not sure what a drop set is, it's basically going to failure at a particular weight, then dropping 10 or 15 lbs quickly and continuing to perform reps. Do this once or twice and you'll really kick the crap out of your targeted muscles.

    Good Luck! And think of it this way... You're about 18% through the 28 day program. And I'm 22% done.

  2. Brain, how do you feel about being video taped going to absolute failure on a set? I think we need to do it

  3. Oh and PS! Robyn does not smell, she is a vegan - I think this problem is mostly for new converters

  4. Good to know. I'm down for the video action. This would be educational for both of us I think.