Last week, a client of mine volunteered to act as my personal guinea pig for an completely un-scientific look at the effect of sugar and insulin on the human body.
From Monday to Thursday, my client (Mr.X) followed a diet consisting of fresh vegetables (no root vegetables or squash), berries, small amounts of nuts & seeds, unprocessed animal protein, unprocessed fats, salt, spices, coffee with cream, tea, water and 1 tbsp of fish oil per day.
The Back Story on Mr. X
First of all, I should mention that Mr.X is a frustrating client.
He has had great results in spite of ignoring at least half of my dietary recommendations. The SOB has lost over 25 lbs and gained 8 lbs of muscle in 4 1/2 months due mainly to his response to the training program. And because he has done so well, he thinks that he doesn’t need to change his eating to get the results he wants.
But I do…..Ergo, our little experiment. 2 guys with 2 big egos make a stupid bet.
As well, on Thursday we measured his blood pressure & pulse rate – BP dropped from 118/76 to 112/71 and resting pulse from 66 to 58.
He lost 4 lbs. And, we saw a 1/16″ decrease across his chest and 1/8″ around his love handle region
Next up, the weekend of carb binging.
Friday was interesting. Mr. X wasn’t really hungry. But he wanted to eat. So, instead of reverting to his usual bagel & coffee, he went to a restaurant for a pancake breakfast. And here’s where things start to go downhill for Mr.X.
He actually fell asleep at work. Head on the desk. Snoring. Luckily, he woke up in time to go out for lunch with the gang at the office – Fried stuff and 2 beers. Somehow he managed to stay awake through the afternoon.
After work, he worked out with me…sort of. It was one of the worst workouts he has ever had. No energy. No strength. And he almost puked….Sad for him, funny for me.
On Saturday, he slept in, skipped breakfast and had pizza for lunch. Dinner was bbq with salad. Hmmm grilled meat and vegetables. Sounds like the Mon-Thurs diet to me. Not even any potato salad or bread.
On Sunday, he felt better and his appetite was back. Breakfast was his bagel & coffee. Lunch was a sandwich with fries and dinner was pasta at another restaurant.
On Monday, we took the measurements again.
The Mon-Thurs diet…
But, he did miss his morning bagel. Boo Hoo
Conversely, the Fri-Sun diet…
Starting this week, Mr. X is back on the Mon-Thurs healthy diet full time. He is using a compliance graph to help him stick to the diet. Kind of like gold stars on the fridge for grown-ups.
So, What does this mean to you?
It means that removing the sweets and processed carbs from your diet is the best thing you can do for your health and your appearance.