This past Spring, I decided to learn how to film, and Dr. Heidi's nutrition course in CA was perfect timing. So I went out there. Once a week, I was in on the 4 hour seminar with her students. Of course me with all my camera gear.
It happened that I'd let myself go a little. Wine too often at dinner a few months in a row put on some weight in the middle I didn't want. The evening desserts, even though they were raw yogurts with a little maple syrup, were becoming too regular.Anyway, during this 7 week nutrition course, Dr. Heidi assigned all the students to select a different eating and drinking regime so they could experience the effects.
So I put on like 7-8 pounds and I hated how it looked and felt.
They all chose an approach from the many options offered by different doctors and nutrition experts that Dr. Heidi presented during the course.
For herself, Dr. Heidi decided to do a "beast and blubber" extreme regime. Inspired by Gary Taubes' book, Bad Calories, Good Calories. (Dr. Heidi does NOT recommend the B&B regime to ER Fat Burn participants. It was her personal experiment. She'd tried everything else.)
She went from eating almost nothing but organic veggies and salads to only fish, chicken, and beef. All grass-fed, pastured, nothing from any industrial feed lot.
So I decided to do that too, although not quite as extreme. I went from one giant salad a day to one per week. Veggies were cut back 80%. For 6 weeks.Results: 6 weeks later, the extra 7-8 pounds were gone. I felt like my old self again.
Of course, I did my daily runs as I've done all these years.
I'm less extreme now, but have discovered that my body doesn't need as many veggies as I thought it did, especially when I don't eat any junk carbs or industrial food.
So for me exercise had nothing whatever to do with the weight and lump loss.
Like the famous guru said, "Believe nothing. Try it for yourself and see if it agrees with you or not." Different strokes for different folks. I try something different only if what I've been doing before isn't giving me the results I want. Since I don't pretend I can predict, I test new things.
Sept Extreme Regime starts SAT, Sept 6 (that's the first group call).
3 Active spots left. See here.
P.S. Speaking of runners, Danish investigators reported that they trained sedentary individuals to run marathons. After an 18-month training period, the 18 men in the study lost an average of 5 lbs of body fat. The 9 women had no change in body composition. (Reported in Taubes, p. 267.)
Dr. Hedi's ER Fat Burn program is a first practical application of Gary Taubes' meticulous analysis of 150 years of weight and obesity research described in his 2007 601-page book (featured in the NYTimes), Bad Calories, Good Calories. Dr. Andrew Weil has fully endorsed Taubes' work, telling Larry King Live:
"[Gary Taubes] has done a meticulous job of showing that many of the assumptions that are held by the conventional medical community simply rest on nothing…It’s very important to get these out to the medical community because a lot of the ways we try and prevent and treat obesity are based on assumptions that have no scientific evidence.” (emphasis added, KK).