Firstly, a particular thanks to Tim and PaleoErin who pointed out some very good books, notably Mark Sisson’s “Primal Blueprint” and Gary Taubes “Why we get fat” respectively. I have now finished both of those books, and finally things come together for me. As always in those kind of situations I ask myself how I could be so blind – the point is that none of those books did really contain anything that was new for me. It was just that I had not managed to piece the puzzle together earlier on – and with hindsight, the reasons are very obvious: Continue reading
As I have outlined in my previous post, I was travelling over the weekend and I was eating reasonably strictly Primal Blueprint (or at least very low carb, but high protein, and even higher fat). Whilst I was not pigging out, I probably ate 50% or so more than I usually target to eat and had maybe 3000-3500 cals in average over the two days. So the question is: did I lose weight, or did I gain weight? Let’s do this the way any of those viewer-sucking, product-touting websites will do, the answer is after the jump 🙂 Continue reading
“Und der Teufel – in der Not – isst seine Wurst auch ohne Brot. (German proverb, roughly translating as “if fallen on hard times, the devil will content himself with eating his sausage without bread”
This was pretty much my approach to Paleo eating (well, actually Primal Blueprint eating) whilst I was in Germany.
- Dinner day 0 (late arrival): avocado, olive oil, red pepper, sundried tomatoes
- Breakfast day 1: big scrambled egg with veggies and some ham; some sausage; some black-forest ham (brought 1kg back to London…); some salmon; pass on the bread-roll (“Brotchen”), the pretzel (“Bretzel”), and the croissant (ibid, also “Hornchen”)
- Lunch day 1: nothing – but did have some nuts & some 85% black choc throughout the day (remember, I was in the Sauna)
- Dinner day 1: various sausage & fish; tomato; pepper; avocado, kohlrabi
- Breakfast day 2: greek yogurt with olive oil, more sausage
- Lunch day 2: various strips of meat (beef, pork, turkey) served in a pan; pass on the croquettes (but not the sauce!); some of my daughter’s Wiener Schnitzel (technically Schweineschnitzel Wiener Art, meaning it is pork, not calf)
- Dinner day 2 (in the JAL/BA lounge at FRA airport): Wiener sausages, olives
Clearly, all very low carb, a significant portion of the calories from protein (and even more from fat). Lots of fat, saturated and unsaturated, but probably no trans fat (sausage was from the local butcher, not a factory) – there might have been some used when frying the meats on lunch day 2 though, but de minimis. No grains whatsoever.
I am very interested in checking my weight tomorrow morning, testing Mark Sisson’s assertion that you do not gain weight if you eat low carb, even if you overshoot on the calories (I suppose I might have averaged at 3000-3500 over those two days, ie 500-1000 over the top-end of my target range).
I briefly wanted to share my experiences so far with going from a Zone eating style to a full Paleo eating style (or rather – a Mark Sisson Primal Eating style). As outlined in a previous posts (here, here and here), my goals are losing some weight whilst working on my VO2max, hence I am going for 50-100g of carbs, 150-200g of protein, and 2000-2500cals overall per day (the balance obviously being provided by fat). Continue reading