Dear Jonny, Extreme Eating?
I very much liked the “Dear Jonny” in which you discussed your acquaintance who lived on nothing but meat for some years. Surely you must have been on some extreme diets yourself. If so, I’d like to hear about them.
In 2002 I decided to see what would happen to my body if, for six months, I ate nothing but MET-Rx meal replacement shakes. I drank 2 shakes, 4 times per day, for a total of 304 grams of protein, 152 grams of carbohydrates, 20 grams of fat, 2,000 calories, and an array of vitamins and minerals. My body became much leaner, my energy levels were consistent, and my mind was sharp and clear. Interestingly enough, I experienced no digestive issues. But half-way through the fifth month my skin took on a very dull, dry, unhealthy look, which I attributed to insufficient fat intake. At that point I added a teaspoon of flaxseed oil to each shake, which had me looking better in a week’s time. When six months had passed, I gradually [re]introduced solid food back into my diet. All in all, I lost 18 pounds, my strength stayed the same, and my health – as far as I could tell – remained intact. It’s not something that I recommend, but it was an interesting little experiment.
In 2004, in an effort to drop as much weight as quickly as possible, I, for one month, consumed nothing but chicken breasts and various vitamin supplements. I dropped 24 pounds, got a mean case of hemorrhoids, and felt like shit for much of the time. Not something I would repeat.
2005-present I am on and off a modified version of the Warrior Diet, which has me eating one very large meal (usually salad or various vegetables cooked in olive oil, heaping portions of chicken or fish, nuts, cheese, and plain Greek yogurt) in the evening, an hour after my workout. I feel better than ever while following this protocol. My mood is superior, my performance in the gym is top-notch, my sleep is excellent, my body is much leaner and tighter than usual, and my energy is virtually boundless. It only takes one or two weeks for my body to adjust, at which point all daytime hunger pains pretty much vanish. I can’t say enough good things about intermittent fasting. When/if I hit sixty years old, I’ll be on a similar diet for the rest of my life.