I hate diets, but I’m on one and it seems to be working…

So I am normally not the diet-of-the-week guy.  I did fiddle with Tim Ferriss’s Slow Carb Diet a while back and I did find it useful, but I think that athletic fueling needs to be consistent and dependent on goals, time of the season, etc.

I put on a few pounds over the course of late 2013 while I was laid up with my injured hip.  I couldn’t really do much without the hip and groin completely becoming angry and inflamed, so I tried to stay off it as much as possible.  My way of thinking was that the less collateral damage I created, the easier my post-procedure rehab would be, and I was largely correct.  I was able to begin stationary biking and elliptical work pretty soon after my surgery, and now 10 weeks post-procedure I just started a jogging program.  Not shabby if I do say so myself!

I’ve been enjoying Brett Blankner’s podcast “Zen and the Art of Triathlon” for a few weeks now.  A while back he had Vinny Tortorich (America’s Angriest Trainer) on his show, and I grabbed his book “Fitness Confidential”.  I like it, and I’ve been hearing more references to Ketogenic Diets from various sources.

Generally speaking, Ketosis is a state where your body is using fat as a primary fuel source.  You can achieve this by keeping overall net-carb consumption low (many say under 50g of net daily carbs), so this puts emphasis on protein and fat.  Veggie carbs are typically good as the fiber accompanying them offsets the grams of carbs.  I’ve been fairly low carb for a couple of weeks, and been gluten-free for the most part.  My weight is still holding steady despite ramping up my activity, so I decided to give Vinny’s NSNG (no sugar, no grains) a shot.  This means zero sugar and nothing that originates from a grain (so bye bye quinoa, brown rice, etc).  Beans are OK but I’ve been skipping them in the short term just to speed my fat loss.

If you read into this diet, it’s pretty solid and a fairly easy one to maintain.  Using some urine test strips both my wife and I are currently in a state of ketosis, and my energy has been good.  On the workout side, I’ve been spending most of my time in Zone 2 and just building base so I haven’t needed big amounts of burst energy for power intervals or anything like that.  I will say that I’m learning that the simple word FAT is misleading to many people that automatically assume the negative.  Dietary fat is really disconnected from the fat around your midsection, aside form the unfortunate nomenclature assigned to it.

By reducing sugar and carbs in your system, fat gets moved to the primary fuel source and provides steady continuous energy without spikes in blood sugar.  I feel full all the time until I’m ready to eat.  My gut has shrunk this week as well and I would guess I’ve lost a couple pounds so far.  You can read more here – http://vinnietortorich.com/nsng-faq/