This week’s guest chef is a blogger I recently discovered and immediately adored. Kevin blogs about his weight loss, sure, but also goes way beyond that sharing everything from personal insights to nutrition tips to workout routine suggestions.
Im honored that Kevin made the time to share his thoughts with us and encourage you all to visit weightladder and read even more.
I am an athlete at my core… Yes I know my blog Weight Ladder says that I weighed 390 pounds 10 weeks ago, but that is the manifestation of a lifetime of bad eating habits mostly masked by playing 4 hours of basketball a day until ~21 years old. From the point of stopping competitive basketball until 10 weeks ago I slowly but surely packed on the pounds.
10 weeks ago I started a food based medically assisted weight loss program because at a charity auction the 1st month of such a program had not received any bids… I knew I needed to lose weight for my wife and my child, but most importantly for me and so without a single bid other than mine placed on this life changing item I had procured my starting point for pennies on the dollar.
Was I shocked (disgusted might be a better word) when the initial weigh in produced a scale reading of 390 pounds. But if shock/disgust is what it takes to be committed so be it. I am on the road to recovery.
I would like to share 3 of the food tips (all involving almonds) I have learned over the last 6 weeks in terms of eating a limited diet, exercising, and portion control…
1. Always eat some protein, preferably salty protein directly before exercising… For me I choose 5-10 almonds (1 to 2 protein servings on my
diet for which I get 14 proteins a day.) The protein helps fight fatigue, but why the salt? When exercising you will lose salt to sweat, water alone
when you are low on salt has a hard time getting into the blood stream. I found this out the hard way when I had my dehydration event.
2. When you know you will be in a tempting situation come prepared… For example, when going to a dinner party drink plenty of water before hand and
15 minutes before arriving have 5-10 almonds. The almonds help curb any hunger and allow you to concentrate on the company and not the food.
3. For me late evening portion control is the hardest part of this diet…I strive to not eat after 6pm which is not always possible and even when it is I am sometimes hungry before bed. The solution is a very small portion of lean protein (5 almonds) and chicken broth. The almonds provide the sustenance and the broth the sense contentment. One serving of fat free chicken broth has 10 calories. I warm the broth in a coffee mug and add a few spices. Although just plain broth is excellent as well, I like to spice
it up — adding black pepper, cayenne pepper, and/or tapatio hot sauce depending on my mood.
I have seen some drastic initial results (46 pounds in the first 6 weeks) and a I have a long way to go. My doctor thinks there is no reason that these results shouldn’t continue as long as I stick to what has worked thus far.
For me, I feel so much better eating healthy and exercising again that I have no doubt I will be able to finish the program and permanently change my eating habits.
Thanks so much, Kevin.
You’re now an honorary member of the Bumbling Band & I know I speak for all of us when I say we look forward to cheering you on to continued success.