F2FHQ 018 - The traveling weight loss seeker

This week we talk about what to do about your diet while you are on the road traveling where you can’t keep your routine. Welcome to the Fat2FitHQ podcast. This is Zack and Jake from GunGuyRadio and here we plan to chronicle our journeys from fat to fit.

Week in Review: Weigh In BEGINNING: Zack 278.2, Jake 228 LAST WEEK: Zack 252.2, Jake 210

This week: Zack - 250.2.. only down 2 lbs this week Jake -?

Topic:  Traveling while on a diet.. how to tackle (I’m going to be on trips for about a whole week)


Hi Jake and Zack! Love, love, love the podcast! I would like to make a suggestion on a future show topic. I am currently doing intermittent fasting by way of Brad Pilon of Eat Stop Eat. There is also a recent documentary by BBC Horizon on fasting that can be found on YouTube. Since intermittent fasting is becoming a hot topic amongst the Paleo crow, I thought it would be a perfect future show topic. Thanks to you both for the awesome podcast! Keep up the great work! G. William

Hey guys, i saw the show in the feed regarding low carb lifestyle and thought I would submit my tips and tricks from my low carb lifestyle.

A little background:  I have always been a big guy , I always played sports throughout high school and college, but never really lost weight. I tried diets here and there but they always left me starving and never showed the greatest results, so I inevitably dropped them.

January 1st 2011, I decided enough was enough. I was the heaviest I had ever been 6'4" 328 pounds. I carried the weight well, most people guessed me at 280, but they were way off. I started off exercising and doing the Cleveland clinic 3 day diet. I did lose some weight but I was starving all the time.  Then I heard about a book called "why we get fat" by Gaury Taubes.  I read the back and it all sort of clicked that carbs were the enemy. The books mentions atkins and such but basically just says to keep your carbs low 20 -30 grams per day and make sure you still get greens. Other than that, eat til you are full.

I had mapped out my eating style with fat secret's calorie counter on my phone before i had started all this.  A normal day for me was 200 to 300 carbs.  The cleveland clinic diet was about 100 carbs per day, and now dropping down to 20-25 was huge.  But the fact that I could eat til I was full i.e. lots of meat was the best part.  I was a huge pasta, bread, and cereal eater. My favorite thing that I thought was healthy, was a big bowl of rice crispies with bananas in it. Which turns out was almost 100 grams of carbs!!!

Finding meals to cook was tough.  I found a site called lindas low carbs, which was a life saver.

I would make the enchilada bake, the lasagna, and the broccoli casserole bake all at the same time. This would last me for lunches at work and a couple meals at home for all week. making those 3 dishes required 4 pounds of burger, but venison is cheap if you stock up during deer season. :) Although I use beef for the lasagna, deer for everything else.

There is also a book called Dana Carpender's best 1001 low carb recipes. Their are a few sweet tooth curing recipes in here, like the zucchini-carrot bread.

I eat lots of pepperoni and cheeses as snacks, Diamond brand almonds in assorted flavors as chip replacements, and low carb pita bread (4 net carbs) from walmart for sandwiches. I went 7 months before I found those and  now I prefer them to bread and your mind thinks you are having a sandwich.  I even cut them up and bake them as tortilla chip replacements.  Zack, try making an omelet for breakfast. Eggs are best in an omelet. eggs, heavy whipping cream, sausage bacon, peppers, mushrooms,cheese and some hot sauce. Delicious, filling and basically no carbs.

I came across a recipe which i modified to become my favorite meal, which is a little more expensive to make but is delicious. Chicken Pizzas. Here is a link to the recipe.  It is basically a flattened chicken breast as the crust and the usual toppings on top. https://docs.google.com/document/d/1Z9KpqIudqNN1g814NG8YjkwXkOOKwXChH5LEA_gNB2E/edit

Anyways. back to the proof. I would weigh-in every Friday morning before I got ready for work. Once a week is plenty for weighing in.  January 1st, 328lbs, September 10th. 234lbs. That was my low weight. It was just not all diet though, I did exercise. My goal was the  3 days of p90x Monday  through Wednesday, then at least an hour on my recumbent bike 3 more days a week.  If i stuck to that i averaged 6 pounds a week lost. If i just did low carb and no exercise I averaged 2 pounds lost, which was sufficient. The replaced my computer chair with my bike. everytime I am at teh computer, I ride the bike. the Schwinn a20 is low profile enough to use at a desk.  When I podcasted, I rode while doing that, and I ride well play battlefield 3 online. 10 miles goes by pretty quick!!!

Since then I have been seeing what I can maintain and definitely not working out enough. I am currently 244. I still maintain low carb 90% of the time, but do have some cheat days or weekends. I am back on the wagon now and shooting for my goal weight of 220 by the end of the year.

And by the way, I drink a ton of diet coke, so you can drink pop and lose weight. I still know it is bad for me though.

Low carb eating is expensive due to the amount of meat you eat. That is why the majority of people living on ewelfare are overweight. Carbs are cheap!!!  breads, ramen noodles, macaroni and cheese, hamburger helper, and dollar menu items. All cheap, all loaded.

The biggest tip I can give you is to keep small versions of your favorite candy bar around for emergencies. I keep the small Hershey bars with almonds around in case I feel light headed. You can definitely get too low on sugar, especially if you are working hard. And at 6 carbs small candy bars are a life saver. Keep up the good work, and keep grinding those pounds away Thanks Craig S.