Wednesday, July 31, 2013

Day 9 Zero Carb Diet 7/31/2013

Hello everyone,

I am really feeling really good right now. One thing, yesterday I had a hell of a time with cravings for something sweet. I did not cave in. I was at home when it happened and had already got rid of all the carb stuff in my home. I do have to say that I may have indulged if something was there. Thank goodness that that was not the case.  Other than that so far so good. 

I can't say enough about the support I have revived from you guys and gals here. I did not know what to expect exactly when I start my journal. I know Dave is pretty popular since he originate this Zero Carb blog. I loved the way he plays around with his posts yet still keeps a serious face on Zero Cab. Then with the addition of Denis and Lisa to help with the more scientific aspects to the Zero Carb way of eating brings this place to a complete circle. I have seen where Dave says he has plans to expand this blog into a dot com. I just wonder what ideas he has in-stored for us. 

As you can see I posted (with Dave's blessings) a copycat goals section to the below the daily weigh-in. It kind of excited me to anticipate crossing out the first goal and so on. It was a really good idea. At this point the weight seems to be coming off at a nice steady pace. I will feel more comfortable after at least two weeks to a month to really see the results. I can promise you that I will be here posting in this journal on this Zero Carb blog. I am desperate to lose this weight once and for all and to  change my lifestyle for the rest of my life. I want to be healthy as I get older and happy  and good matured as Dave and the others here. I have read elsewhere in the past with people starting this journey only to fall on their face within days, weeks or even months into the diet. I do not intend to be one of them. I want to be one of you. Thanks again everyone for your support. Please chime in even just to say Hi.






Menu

B     Black Coffee

L     BBQ Chicken 2 legs and a thigh

D     Two - Three over easy large Eggs in Butter


Exercise 0 minuets on the elliptical machine

Stats

Day 1 - 231.2 pounds
Day 2 - 230.0 pounds (-) 1.2 pounds
Day 3 - 229.4 pounds (-) 0.6 pounds
Day - 228.8 pounds (-) 0.6 pounds
Day 5 - 230.0 pounds (+)1.0 pounds 1.2 pounds (correction)
Day 6 - 228.2 pounds (-) 1.8 pounds

Day 7 - 228.0 pounds (-) 0.2 pounds
Day 8 - 227.6 pounds (-) 0.4 pounds
Day 9 - 226.8 pounds (-) 0.8 pounds

Mini Goals

220 pounds
210 pounds
200 pounds
190 pounds
180 pounds
170 pounds

Thanks,

Connor

Tuesday, July 30, 2013

Day 8 Zero Carb Diet 7/30/2013

Hello everyone,

It looks like my body is back on Zero Carb. Funny how a mess up can throw everything off so much. I do consider the wing thing a mess up because Dave forewarned me about things like that. hopefully that is in the past and I can move forward from here. I have regular BMs at this point with no stomach aches or cramping. I generally feel good. I rested very well last night. I actually woke up 5 minuets before the alarm clock went off. Is that related to Zero Carb? Most likely not.

People at work are starting to notice that I am eating only meat and some are asking why. I really hate to try to explain this way of eating to them because I know they won't understand and will start telling me how dangerous it is for my health. I just want to focus on my plan. I really will feel like a big hurdel has been past when I get below the 220s. I think Dave had some mini goals in 10 pound increments. Should I do the same? I don't want to appear like a copy cat, but that was a great idea and a motivator to see you accomplishments. It might even encourage others to come on board. That is all for now.






Menu

B     Black Coffee

L     2 links Chicken Sausage about 8 ozs

D     Two over easy large Eggs in Butter


Exercise 0 minuets on the elliptical machine

Stats

Day 1 - 231.2 pounds
Day 2 - 230.0 pounds  (-)  1.2 pounds
Day 3 - 229.4 pounds  (-)  0.6 pounds
Day - 228.8 pounds  (-)  0.6 pounds
Day 5 - 230.0 pounds (+)  1.0 pounds 1.2 pounds (correction)
Day 6 -  228.2 pounds (-)  1.8 pounds

Day 7 -  228.0 pounds (-)  0.2 pounds
Day 8 -  227.6 pounds (-) 0.4 pounds



Thanks,

Connor

Monday, July 29, 2013

Day 7 Zero Carb Diet 7/29/2013

Hello everyone,

I am trying to get used to posting daily on my Zero Carb Journal. I like the idea of documenting publicly what I am doing concerning the diet or should I call this a way of eating instead. I really think it is the same, but some would argue otherwise. So far it looks like I recovered fully from my chicken wing saga and I promised myself not to do something like that again. It is just not worth it at this stage of my journey. I am already experiencing better sleep and less aches in the morning. My appetite is slowly decreasing. Recently I have felt that one meal will suffice. 

 It's been week on Zero Carb and so far it looks like I have lost 3.2 pounds which includes the chicken wing episode. From what I am seeing I really feel that I could have lost more weight. During this time I have never yearned for food. I have been totally satisfied expect again the day of the chicken wing day in which I actually felt a bit stuffed. If I only lost lets say 3 pounds a week on this diet, I would lose the 60 pounds in 5 months. I think that is correct. At that pace I could lose a 100 pounds in less than a year.

I want to thank everyone for their support and guidance. Please do not hesitate to correct me should you observe me wandering in the wrong direction.




Menu

B     Black Tea

L     BBQ Mix: chicken, pork and beef sausage about 12 oz total

D     Two over easy Eggs in Butter


Exercise 0 minuets on the elliptical machine

Stats

Day 1 - 231.2 pounds
Day 2 - 230.0 pounds  (-)  1.2 pounds
Day 3 - 229.4 pounds  (-)  0.6 pounds

Day - 228.8 pounds  (-)  0.6 pounds
Day 5 - 230.0 pounds (+)  1.0 pounds 1.2 pounds (correction)
Day 6 -  228.2 pounds (-)  1.8 pounds

Day 7 -  228.0 pounds (-)  0.2 pounds




Thanks,

Connor

Sunday, July 28, 2013

Day 6 Zero Carb Diet 7/28/2013

Hello everyone. I was so relieved this morning. I was almost scared to get on the scale. Now I am relieved that I am back on track. I actually thought of that out of date old saying "leaping lizards" when I saw today's weigh-in results. Wow, what a relief. I guess Dave won't be kicking me off for breaking my agreement with him to stay on the straight and narrow with this way of eating. I think that I suffered from water retention from my HOT WING session the other day. I swear to have more control and more than likely just drink some black coffee or just avoid eating in that type of place while I am losing weight.

I do appreciate the opportunity Dave has given me to use the Zero Carb Chronicles as my personal journal through my weight loss. Believe me he invested a lot of time to answer at least 50 or more emails concerning this woe. I asked him question after question and he answered most of them within hours. Then I we came to a conclusion that a daily journal would be helpful because of the accountability. Dave explained that while some frown on a daily weigh-in, it helped him to focus more on what worked and what did not work for him. Those who chose to weigh-in on a weekly basis did not know if something they did up to 7 days ago may have stalled or cause an increase. For example Lisa wrote to me about dairy. I ate 4 slices of american cheese in one day with my burgers and still lost weight. Could I lose more without the cheese? I can try and find out, but without daily weigh-ins who would know.

Dave further explained that I need to put my scientist cap on and look at ups or downs on the scale as an experiment of what works and what does not work until I narrow it down. He said not to get too excited on gains or stalls, but to learn from them and then put them into practice. He stressed for me to go back to my journal and study it and repeat certain things to see if any other factors may have caused gains or stalls and not to be afraid to try new things. For me that would be to eat fattier foods. I did tell him that was a concern and he said a small portion of fatty meat, such as brisket or beef check meat would fill me to the brim and that I would not want to over eat.

I am writing about these things to help me understand the basics that he tried to instill in me about Zero Carb and the attitude that I must have to succeed. I do understand that this is a life style change forever if I want to maintain good health. Dave has wrote about his experience which includes ups and downs, but at the end he succeeded all the way and past his goal. I really do intend to do the same. BTW I moved the daily weight stats at the end of my journal because I intend to be here a long time and I promise it will grow with more weight loss entries as time goes by. I also corrected Day 5 results. One last thing, Dave did ask me to put a picture with the postings to carry the theme of the blog so I hope you like my selections. I will try to match them with the post if possible or just something cheery if nothing else. Thanks everyone for your support.




Menu

B     black coffee

L     Three over easy Eggs in Butter

D     BBQ Leg Quarter


Exercise 0 minuets on the elliptical machine

Stats

Day 1 - 231.2 pounds
Day 2 - 230.0 pounds  (-)  1.2 pounds
Day 3 - 229.4 pounds  (-)  0.6 pounds

Day 4 - 228.8 pounds  (-)  0.6 pounds
Day 5 - 230.0 pounds (+)  1.0 pounds 1.2 pounds (correction)
Day 6 - 228.2 pounds  (-)  1.8 pounds





Thanks,

Connor


Saturday, July 27, 2013

Nutrition for your Eyes


I didn't forget about this blog but life has been getting in the way lately...
I hope to continue to contribute and help to make this a great zc source of information along with Dave and Denis and Connor

I wanted to write a post that pertained to my profession and zero carb...
As an eye doctor, I recommend to my patients who either have early signs of macular degeneration or have a family history of macular degeneration to take supplements of Lutein and Zeaxanthin.  There have been studies done that show that these are somewhat protective of the macula.  I am very skeptical of all studies and wonder always who is funding these studies.  I myself do not take any supplements since I strongly feel that eating ZC provides all of the necessary vitamins and nutrients that my body needs.  Unfortunately though I feel obligated to educate and inform patients of these findings since taking these supplements for macular degeneration is considered “standard of care”.  Which in plain English means I need to inform them of this.  I can also assume that most all of my patients are eating SAD so taking these macular protective supplements may not be such a bad thing.

In any case, I was curious about sources of lutein and zeaxanthin and whether I was getting them in my current zc woe since I knew only of it being in vegetables. The highest concentrations are found in dark green leafy vegetables, especially kale and spinach.  They are synthesized by plants and obtained by animals either directly or indirectly from plants.  So reading further it is identified that they are also found in egg yolks and animal fats.  They are both a deep yellow/red color and give yolks some of its color and also the yellow color to chicken fat and skin.

So this all leads me to feel confident and comfortable that ZC is a healthy and sustainable woe and I am now satisfied yet again that supplements are not at all necessary.

Day 5 Zero Carb Diet 7/27/2013

Hello everyone. I am feeling much better now. I think it was the combination of the hot wing sauce (super hot) and the blue cheese dressing is what got my stomach upset and gave me the runs. After I made some comments earlier I went back to sleep and got more rest.

I know that I know better. Dave has been coaching for for awhile now. I also have been doing a lot of reading. I guess it is just like everything else, you don't until you have actually tried it. I can only move forward. Wow, I wiped out two days just like that. What a dumb ass. I don't have a time limit and I am learning this "trail by fire" in a sense. That's OK I will move on and practice better. For anyone following my Zero Carb Journal, this is doable and I feel will be a life changer for me. 

Stats

Day 1 - 231.2 pounds
Day 2 - 230.0 pounds  (-) 1.2 pounds
Day 3 - 229.4 pounds  (-) 0.6 pounds

Day 4 - 228.8 pounds  (-) 0.6 pounds
Day 5 - 230.0 pounds  (+) 1.0 pounds


Menu

B     black coffee

L     BBQ Leg Quarter and about 4 .oz of Chappell Hill Sausage

D     BBQ Leg Quarter


Exercise 0 minuets on the elliptical machine




Thanks,

Connor

Day 4 Zero Carb Diet 7/26/2013

Sorry everyone. I had major internet and computer problems. I hope you did not think I failed and gave up. I am totally dedicated to this way of eating. I am not going anywhere until I lose the weight no matter what happens. I had some stomach cramps along with some diarrhea. I did not mean to be gross, but it is important to know the facts.

I went out to eat with a friend this evening and split a basket of hot chicken wings.  So much for not eating out. I know I overate and feel that I may have a weight gain tomorrow. I will try to be better in the future. I am tired right now and will report again later tomorrow. I guess I can add a picture on my post to keep up with the blogs tradition.





Stats

Day 1 - 231.2 pounds
Day 2 - 230.0 pounds  (-) 1.2 pounds
Day 3 - 229.4 pounds  (-) 0.6 pounds

Day 4 - 228.8 pounds  (-) 0.6 pounds

Menu

B     black coffee

L     8 oz of Chappell Hill all beef sausage

D     10 hot wing segments at restaurant


Exercise 0 minuets on the elliptical machine

Goal - 160 pounds

Thursday, July 25, 2013

Day 3 Zero Carb Diet 7/25/2013

Wow, what a great feeling to wake up on day three feeling great! So far so good. I have had some minor cravings, but nothing overwhelming. The morning carb treats that my boss supplied this morning looked not as good as other days. I have to honest and admit that I skipped the elliptical yesterday. I do want to incorporate it although I know it is not needed to lose weight. 

Another area where I have some concerns are on the weekend. It is not structured like the work week. So this week will be interesting to see how things unfold. I anticipate eating a very late breakfast of sausage, bacon and eggs. At least that is what I anticipate. I need to cook some meat this weekend for my daily meals. I know that being prepared is my friend. I am thinking of burgers or just a bunch of crumbled ground beef wit a little spice to give it some flavor.

That is it for now. I just need to make it through today. I don't want to go too far ahead. I am trying to focus my efforts day by day. If I fail today there probably won't be a tomorrow. Thanks again everyone for you support. Believe me I need it very much.


Stats

Day 1 - 231.2 pounds
Day 2 - 230.0 pounds  (-) 1.2 pounds
Day 3 - 229.4 pounds  (-) 0.6 pounds 

Menu

B     black coffee

L     2 hamburger patties with american cheese

D     4 oz of Chappell Hill all beef sausage

Exercise 10-30 minuets on the elliptical machine

Goal - 160 pounds

Wednesday, July 24, 2013

Day 2 Zero Carb Diet 7/24/2013

Day one is out of the way. I am feeling very good and optimistic about the zero carb diet. It is way too early to really have any set thoughts. I can say that I totally flopped at the exercise yesterday. My goal was 30 minuets, I struggled to do 10 minuets. I know that exercise is not necessary on this diet, but I want to condition my muscle and bones to a healthier state.

So far I don't feel any different. I am not having any cravings at the moment or any physical discomforts. I guess the big thing for me is the morning fast with black coffee. I love coffee so that is not a big deal. I really don't plan to eat out during this time, but since I need to lose up to 60 lbs that may change. I am afraid that I may lose control once at the restaurant. I have control for the most part at work and total control at home since I live by myself. That is it for now. I an not too excited about the weight loss today. I know it may be water loss among other things. So until a week or two I will feel confident that it is real fat that is gone. Thanks for the warm welcomes everyone.

One more thing, I almost feel funny not adding a picture at the bottom of my post like Denis and Dave. Do you think I should follow that tradition?

Stats

Day 1 - 231.2 pounds
Day 2 - 230.0 pounds  (-) 1.2 pounds

Menu

B     black coffee

L     2 hamburger patties with american cheese

D     2 hamburger patties with american cheese

Exercise 10-30 minuets on the elliptical machine

Goal - 160 pounds

Tuesday, July 23, 2013

Day 1 Zero Carb Diet 7/23/2013

Hello everyone, I am privileged to be here. I have been in correspondence with Dave for several months discussing the zero carb diet. Actually my first name is Connor, but the last name and picture of course are not mine. Yes, it is spelled correctly. There are a few variations how to spell my name, but it is Connor, not Conner or Connar. I always get questions about that one. I do wish to remain private at this time, so I will only say that I live in Houston, Texas and have been following Dave for awhile. I have enjoyed his posts over the years and I have really appreciated the information that Denis provides.

I am an adult male in my mid forties and need to lose 50 to 60 pounds. I have struggled with weight all my life. I have had ups and downs with various diets. I am tired of dieting and want to find a way of eating for life. I am always tired. I feel that I have no energy at all on most days. I can go on sugar binges at times. Once I start to eat candy or a pastry I can't stop. Those foods are pure taboo for me. It can be an everyday struggle whether to eat the company supplied assortment of pastries and doughnuts every morning. I live alone, so I don't have any excuses why I should be tempted there. I made a clean sweep of all the carb loaded foods in my refrigerator and pantry. I am not active at all. I am a carb loaded couch potato. I bought an elliptical machine and intend to use it at least 30 minuets everyday to get the juices flowing starting this evening. I have some experience with blogger so I know have to navigate the blog for posting reasons.

Dave and I worked out a diet plan. I like the way he starts his day off with a plain black coffee fast every morning. So I will start my day off like that and then I will eat two meals a day. I am pretty sure I understand the concepts of zero carb. Eat when your hungry and drink when your thirsty. I do tend to drink a little more fluid because I have always heard that when you are thirsty it is too late. At that point you are at the first stages of dehydration. I don't know if that is really true, so I will stick to my regiment of drinking fluids throughout the day. That really should not matter. I will only drink a black coffee and water. Some days I may drink seltzer water to help curb my diet soda pop carvings.

I appreciate this opportunity and any support of suggestions from anyone. I don't have a thin skin so any helpful advice is welcome. I am confident that I will be able to succeed. In reality the plan is very simple. The problem is the human side of us wants to mess it up. Dave please let me know if this format is OK. From your email I am sure it should be fine.


Stats

Day 1 - 231.2 pounds

Menu

B     black coffee

L     2 chicken thighs

D     1 hamburger patty

Exercise 30 minuets on the elliptical machine

Goal - 160 pounds

Sunday, July 21, 2013

7/21/2013 A Little Update and Some BIG News

Greetings all. My Spirits and Energy levels are goo if not great.

OK y'all it has been a bit since I checked-in, but that is soon to change. Yes it is indeed!!!

Why you may ask, well as I have reported not too long ago I am in school at the moment. Now I am very close to finishing it. I thought I had a little longer than I did, but I should be finished by mid August........ YES!!!!!!

So far I have been doing fine on the Zero Carb front thank you very much. I have found my way for LIFE on what I need to eat to be MEAN and LEAN. Meat, meat, meat and more meat.

Now for some NEWS:

I have been in contact with someone for the last few months that has asked me about Zero Carb. He has been reading our little Zero Carb Blog for awhile now and has been inspired by Denis and I. He needs to lose about 60 lbs or so and wants to journal his Journey through Zero Carb here. I told him that I would consider it. After thinking about it I have come to a conclusion that it would be nice and a little exciting to have his progress reported here. I told him it would be OK and that I would set him up as a "Guest Author" like Lisa.

Now for that privilege I told him that he would have to Journal everyday. It did not make a difference what the results were it had to be revealed everyday. So lets get behind him and give him some encouragement. For those of us that has lost weight on this WOE know how important support is in the beginning especially when the cravings hit and HIT they will with a vengeance.

He goes by Conner MacLeod. Yes, that is not his real name. He wants to stay on the "Down Low" for now. I can say that he lives in Houston,TX. That is right next to me. As most of you know I live in The Woodlands, TX. I have not met him in person and don't know if we will ever will. We shall see.

ANYWAY these are the conditions I have posed on our NEWEST MEMBER:

  1. He must post an update everyday. Some exceptions are OK on occasions
  2. He must post his current weight and post any loss or gain or stall
  3. He must post a daily menu and how much he ate as close as possible
  4. He must not cheat the whole time. NO CHEAT DAYS PERIOD!
  5. He must eat a Zero Carb, no veggies or fruits. Spices and herbs are allowed for flavor
I instructed him to put the current date in the title of the post and to simply name it "Zero Carb Diet Day One and so on. I also instructed him to put a daily gain lose tracker. So we can see the progress at a glimpse. I have done similar things to track my daily gain/loss. He does not have to come up with little tags like I did HA!!! 

OK we all know that dairy is allowed, but that is a tricky area for some people. I have already discussed this with him in detail. Yes coffee is allowed, especially Bulletproof Coffee HA! Hey we all know during weight loss the more strict you are the faster you will lose weight. I did not make those rules, NATURE did. 

So I will send the "Invitation" and he will start sometime this week. Unless.................

OK, that is it for now. So again lets give Conner some support. I hope that some of my ZIOH Brothers and Sisters who drop by from time to time throw in a comment. That would be nice indeed. SO this would be a nice time for any and all who have tried this WOE and fell off the wagon and hopped back on with Conner. 

As for me, I will lend support and advice as needed. The door is open for any and all.................

Have a Healthy Day my Friends, New Friends and Family. United We Stand, Divided We Fall. That is still true today and everyday. Live Long, Stay Strong and Always Battle On!!!

(ZC)er Out of the GATE



 Cheers,

Dave

Wednesday, July 17, 2013

POSITIVE EFFECT OF CARNITINE ON MUSCLE


So here we are with this fascinating study demonstrating how CARNITINE, found in generous amount in meat and animal products, affects positively muscles.

As previously stayed on a post, CARNITINE is also known as a substantial antioxidant, thus causing a reduction in all-cause death to serious decrease in hearth problems such as angina, arrhythmia, heart failure and re-infarction

It is made of the combination of amino acids lysine and methionine, and the best sources are beef, pork and lamb.

Before going further, we must understand some physiology about muscle. Grossly, there are 2 types of muscles fibers: TYPE 1, which uses oxygen (aerobic) to produce energy from fats which makes them efficient for continuous, extended muscle contractions and are helping athletes run marathons; TYPE 2 muscel fibers, differently, use glucose as substrate and produces energy without oxygen (anaerobic) for short bursts of strength and speed, BUT do not sustain long period of exercise.

Having a lot of TYPE 1 is usually a sign of good physical condition, while having more TYPE 2 is typical of obese individuals. Interestingly, be gene up-regulation, we can switch some TYPE 2 fibers to TYPE 1. 

And here comes the study.

Obese rats were given CARNITINE supplementation for 4 weeks, with a control group of obese rats receiving no CARNITINE, as well as another control group of lean rats also receiving no CARNITINE.

At the end of the study, it was observed the obese rats receiving CARNITINE had lower blood level of triglycerides JUST like the lean rat group. It was also discovered they had more TYPE 1 muscle fibers and MORE blood regulators of CARNITINE uptake, fatty acids transport, beta-oxidation and thermo-genesis.

The conclusion being ingestion of CARNITINE counteracts the transformation, induced by obesity, of “preferable” TYPE 1 fiber into “unpreferable” TYPE 2 fibers, and restore the oxidative metabolic phenotype which burns fat for energy instead of deleterious glucose.

Which means they could have probably put these obese rats on our ZERO CARB CARNITINE RICH DIET and without doing anything more, this would have lower the blood lipids, switch their muscle metabolism to become more efficient, and get the performance advantage of athletes muscles.

If anyone think this is not a good example of how eating meat is extremely favorable, please let me know...

Denis






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