I have tried many different diets and in this video I go over which ones I have done and which ones made me lose weight.
Vegetarian (10 years) 00:58
The ketogenic diet 03:58
The Plant Paradox diet 05:14
The Warrior diet 08:46
Various fasting & time restricted feeding diets 09:40
My current diet and feeding schedule 11:30
KEY MESSAGE if you want to lose weight 16:08
And I wasn’t actually trying to lose weight, but that’s what happened. My intention for trying the different diets was to optimize my body and get in the best shape possible.
I think they all affected my current diet which is 95% vegetarian and that’s just my natural diet.
I was a strict vegetarian for 10 years (about 20-30 years old). In that time I didn’t eat any meat. And for much of that time I didn’t eat eggs either.
Periodically I have tried vegan diets and cutting out the dairy and eggs. But honestly I didn’t notice any changes.
I did the ketogenic diet for 6 months. It was difficult to transition to and it took like a month or so. I might have lost a bit of weight initially, but when I came off of it I weighed the same as when I went on it.
I didn’t notice any difference in performance after I had been on it for a few months either.
I tried the Plant Paradox diet too and I didn’t really notice too much of a change. However, I think I did cut back on eating night shade vegetables. I didn’t eat that many but I don’t eat any more now.
I never had problems with them.
There are foods like that.
Like wheat. I never noticed any problems from eating wheat, but I have read a lot of negative stuff about it so I rarely eat bread or pasta.
These days for carbs I eat mostly sweet potatoes and bit of rice flour in this kind of pancake that I often make with sesame flour, egg, cinnamon and sometimes raisins.
I have done different kinds of fasts too. I started with the Warrior Diet and that took off some weight, but I didn’t stick with it for very long as it was tough.
Then I did occasional long term fasts 2-3+ days which help stimulate autophagy.
And then for a long time (like a year or more) I did once a week fasting for 21-24 hours. It might have been good, but it didn’t take off weight.
Then I would also frequently not eat in the morning and do time restricted feeding.
So what really worked?
That takes me to where I am now. Fukuoka, Japan. I decided I would try some fasting and training while in a fasted state.
What do I do?
I get up, drink tea and work on my website for a few hours and then I ride my bike to jiu-jitsu which is 6km from my house. Then I train jiu-jitsu for 1-2 hours and then ride to Japanese class. Two days a week I also do a simple body weight workout usually after jiu-jitsu or sometimes after class.
After Japanese class I ride my bike home.
When I get home it’s somewhere between 4 and 5 and then that’s when I start cooking and eating. Then I’ll eat a lot of food between then and say 10pm at night.
I do that probably about 4 days a week or so.
So the bottom line is that I exercise in a fasted state. I don’t eat anything until much off my daily physical work at least is done.
It’s not that hard.
It’s the hardest in the morning sometimes when I am at home. But after I start riding my bike, doing jiu-jitsu and going to class I am usually not thinking about food.
Yes, I am excited to go home and eat.
Tea helps me too. I drink matcha early in the morning and then rooibus, barley tea and sometimes others.
Anyways. I am just sharing on what I noticed to take weight off from me. My waist line feels a little tighter and there is less fat. I never had much fat to begin with, but more than what I have now.
Maybe 5-10 lbs as I used to weigh about 158, but the other day when I weighed myself I was 68.5 kg with my gi on in the morning and they say you weigh less in the morning.