“There’s a huge emotional component to weight loss.” ~Carnie Wilson
I consider myself a good source of information in many regards but especially in nutrition and, more specifically, in weight-loss. No I don’t have any letters in front or behind my name but I do have an education in this field and more importantly years and years worth of experience in dealing with my own weight-loss issues.
Weight loss should be effortless. In 2011 I easily lost over 35 pounds and got into the best shape of my life. I then effortlessly maintained that weight for two years until 2013 when it started creeping back on. Now, I am on the verge of finding out what exactly cause this weight gain but I don’t quite have it pinned down. When I have confirmation what it was, I will share it with you. It’s going to be big!
I can, however, tell you what is NOT the cause of my weight gain:
- My diet- I eat clean folks. Real clean. For the most part, I have been eating the same way that brought on my 35+ pound weight-loss in 2011.
- My workouts– I am active at least five days a week. I don’t crossfit anymore but I didn’t start crossfit until after my initial weigh-tloss. My activity includes, walking, running, rock climbing, and strength training. (Plus, I don’t attribute exercise to weight-loss.)
Like I said, I have been addressing some other issues that I am not going to share at this point but when I started the regimen I could of swore I was going to start seeing some progress. But, not only did I not drop any inches, I continued to gain weight, until…
… I stopped drinking Bulletproof Coffee!
Bulletproof Coffee, real quick, is a concoction of grass fed butter, MCT or coconut oil, and coffee blended together. It was discovered and refined by The Bulletproof Executive, Dave Asprey. I have nothing really bad to say about it. It taste pretty good and is a great way to get good fats into your diet. When I learned of the health benefits I incorporated this drink into my daily regimen. And in doing so I broke one of my own rules.
DO NOT DRINK YOUR CALORIES!
That’s it! That’s the advice I’ve given to numerous people who are wanting to lose weight. No soda. No lattes. No juice. (I don’t care if its raw and you made it yourself.) No smoothies. No protein shakes. And no 500+ calorie cups of coffee. What was I thinking?
Now, this drink is supposed to keep me in ketosis and satisfy me for hours and I don’t doubt that it does this. It just didn’t do it for me. With in just a few days of giving it up, my waist line started shrinking and currently is continuing to do so. I am not blaming the drink for my weight gain over the past year, I have only been drinking it for a couple of months. I do blame myself for not following my own advice for weight loss, though. Lesson learned.
If you are trying to lean out, don’t drink you calories, eat them.