Weight-loss: Slow carb, cold showers, Crossfit

19 Nov Weight-loss: Slow carb, cold showers, Crossfit

Recently, I wrote about the Faux-besity challenge that has me trying to lose the most weight possible over 8 weeks and during the two most gluttonous holidays America knows.

My approach is to first establish a solid program and get my body used to being at a lower weight as quickly as possible. Even though a lot weight can be dropped over a 24 hour period with some intense methods, I first intend to drop my overall bodyweight 10-15 pounds in 3 weeks and get my body used to that going into the final 5 weeks.

My program involves three critical elements:

One: Slow Carb Diet
The slow-carb diet was introduced to me in the book 4HB by Tim Ferriss and on his blog in this article. I used it before to lose 20 pounds in 6 weeks with some slacking off so know I can do the same again easily.

I break it down into these quick rules:
A: Avoid white carbs like bread, tortillas, noodles, rice, potatoes.
B: Eat high-protein breakfast within 30 minutes of waking.
C: Drink a lot of water…and then more.
D: No alcohol save 1-2 glasses of red wine per night.
E: Give yourself a cheat day once a week. Make it the same day.

Two: Cold Exposure

For the 8 weeks I will be purposefully exposing myself to cold and forcing shivers. This includes nothing but freezing cold showers for the next 8 weeks. I’ll tell you more about this in a future post.

Three: Crossfit

I tried Crossfit with a friend of mine years ago and it was by far the most effective exercise methodology resulting in improved overall fitness, weight-loss and bad assery. I recently started this at San Francisco Crossfit and won’t change my plans of going regularly as part of this. Gaining muscle may jeopardize my win but it is a risk I’m willing to take.

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