Random thoughts that don’t belong in a From The News post:
Safe Starches Didn’t Cause Weight Gain
When I wrote a series of posts explaining why I was moving more towards a Perfect Health Diet, I said I’d report back if I gained or lost weight as a result. I haven’t gained or lost, so I’ll report that instead.
I was at 198 lbs. when I started adding some safe starches back into my diet some months ago. I was at 198 lbs. when I went to the gym last week. So while I know from experience that keeping my carb intake at or below 100 grams per day level prevents me from gaining weight and makes it easier to lose weight, it’s simply not true (at least in my case) that the fewer carbohydrates we eat, the leaner we will be. Below a certain level, there are no additional benefits for me that I can see or feel.
I don’t consume 100 grams of safe starches every day, by the way. Some days are almost zero-carb because I just happen to have a taste for meats and vegetables. Sometimes I have a potato with breakfast or dinner, sometimes I don’t. Other days I’ll end up having a potato with lunch and another one with dinner.
Tonight’s dinner was two cheeseburger patties (from a grass-fed cow), broccoli with butter, and a medium potato with butter and sour cream. My glucose peaked at 130. Not bad. Potatoes are on my menu, but rice isn’t. I’ve found that it doesn’t take much rice to push my glucose over 200. Since I find rice basically tasteless, that’s not a good tradeoff.
Exercise Didn’t Cause Weight Loss
When Dr. Mike Eades told me during the making of Fat Head that exercises like walking, aerobic dancing, etc., don’t induce weight loss, I couldn’t believe it. He sent me links to some research to overcome my resistance. I’ve since read quite a bit more on the subject. Yes, we’d all like to believe an hour on the treadmill helps burn away the fat – because by gosh, it just feels like that kind of effort should be rewarded – but it simply isn’t the case.
Here’s a recent example: when I weighed myself at the gym before Jimmy Moore’s recent visit, I was at (surprise) 198 lbs. During his visit, we walked 27 miles in six days. (I consumed my normal diet that week, by the way.) I went to the gym the Sunday after he left and found that I weighed … wait for it … 198 lbs. All that walking, no change whatsoever.
I still can’t believe all the hours I wasted on a treadmill back in the day …
Comedians With Asperger’s
Since I’ve been both a comedian and an indie filmmaker, some young comedians sent me information about a documentary they’re producing – which I found intriguing because all four of them have Asperger’s. Here’s the trailer:
They’re asking for donations to cover post-production costs. (Yeah, I know all about those costs.) I just made a donation. Please consider doing likewise by visiting their IndieGoGo page.
Wow, that’s a lot of eyeballs
Speaking of indie films, when Fat Head was released in 2009, one of the clips I put on YouTube was an edited version of the section titled Why You Got Fat. I haven’t checked the stats in a long time. Take a look:
Nice. Very nice.
Chicken-Killer Stew Part Duex?
What was once Sara’s flock of 25 chickens is now a flock of 20. The raccoon that ended up in our stew pot killed four of them. Something else nabbed another one last night. Chareva noticed the tarp over the top of the hoop-house had been ripped open, apparently so some critter (most likely another raccoon) could grab a chicken and pull it out between the bars.
So she spent a good chunk of the afternoon covering the hoop-house with wire mesh. I did my part by re-baiting my raccoon trap.
Come on, Rocky Raccoon, I double-dog dare you …