I met with a great long time friend last night. He’s a serious student of fitness. He’s 68 years old and looks 40 with 6% body fat. During his day he was a great marathon runner who has a Boston Marathon finish.
Then, unfortunately, developed a condition and had to have a knee replaced. That ended his running career.
Now he’s changed his focus to building muscle. He’s a self described gym rat.
He declared to me that he’s always wanted those “six pack” abs but that goal has been elusive. I asked him why he can’t do it.
He said he needs to give up a few of his bad nutrition habits he’s had for years.
He’s hooked on ice cream and sugar.
I asked him why he can’t quit.
He said, “I’ve tried. I’m hooked on it. If I could eliminate that from my diet, I’d lose the weight and my abs would show.”
Then I introduced him to the 12-Step Addiction Recovery Program that I run for our church. He looked at me kinda strange and shocked. But he listened. He never considered that the reason he can’t give up ice cream and sugar is that he is addicted to them.
I told him Step One is where you start.
The first step is Honesty. It reads, “Step 1: Admit that you, of yourself, are powerless to overcome your addiction and that your life has become unmanageable.”
Change always starts with with being honest. Most people who can’t change have excuses why. Excuses are deflections from some emotion inside that they do not want others to see.
Looking in that mirror of life and seeing the true reflection of yourself and affirming with complete honesty that you can’t change, you don’t know how and need help, is the first step to change.
Being honest is change and it’s the first step forward.
I’m insulin resistant.
That’s why I’m on a ketogenic, low-carb, high-fat diet.
Over the last 4 years I’ve gained weight. I’m 60 years old. My weight gain was odd because I was training and participating in seven Ironman triathlons during that same time. My race weight before the gradual weigh gain has always been around 188 to 192 pounds. I’m 6’5″. Then in 2013 to December 1, 2016 it rose to 208 pounds (see photo above).
In each of my last seven Ironman triathlons I also bonked. I’ve bonked in many of the fifteen I’ve finished. In each of those bonks the “experts” gave me different reasons. I now believe they were all wrong because of their bias toward carbohydrates.
I’ve discovered the vast majority of the sports nutritionist are bias toward carbohydrates and/or ignorant regarding fat as a fuel source. I’m sure they are well meaning but haven’t they ever worked with a insulin resistant athlete? Just today as I was leaving my gym and over their loud speaker system the promotion announced, “Right after working out it’s best to eat a meal of 60 grams of carbohydrate with 25 grams of protein. Limit your fat content.” I almost started to laugh. Everyone is programed to believe that carbohydrates are good and fats are bad for you.
What I’d been told about carbohydrates from all the endurance sports coaches and nutrition experts turned out to really suck and now with this information I realize that it helped me underperform for the past umpteen years.
Well perhaps it may have worked in the past. I started racing the Ironman triathlon at age 50. From then to age 58 I maintained a decent race weight. Then in 2015 things changed rapidly for me. I gained weight even though I was doing everything the same. While training fulltime for the Hawaii Ironman World Championship I put in weeks of 20+ hours of training and I could not release 8-10 lbs around my mid section. I was also starting to have more inflammation and my performance decreased as well.
After some soul searching and asking the right questions, I switched to a high-fat low-carb diet and my health and endurance performance as an Ironman triathlete is returning.
Below is an article that says it better than I ever could. I’ll share my take at the end.
You know how to create good relationships. You have to spend time and care for it. You have to be tolerant and serve the other person. Use the concept of “relationship” as you develop a relationship with your health and food and exercise unconditional love for yourself.
Highlights of today’s show:
- Build a meaningful relationship with your health
- Look at food as a fuel with a heart!
- Decouple food from connection; they are not the same
- Unconditional love through building a relationship with yourself
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