Wednesday, 29 March 2017

30 Day Cowlean Challenge, Day Ten: 5000 Calories and Still Losing Weight

Hi guys,

Weigh-in: 203.6 lbs
Calories: 4800 kcals (including 45 minutes heavy lifting, and and 90 minutes walking)

Okay, so it wasn’t 5000 calories on the nose, but it was pretty damn close. What’s more impressive is that I’m down in weight from yesterday, and successfully clocked in a new low.

This post is one third of the way through the journey, and I’ve lost a sizeable chunk of weight so far. Originally I just wanted to try something a little different, but it’s also crystallised some ideas in my mind which were lying dormant:

  1. Weight is more to do with health than calories in calories out
  2. The calories in calories out model is misleading; some calories aren’t available for storage
  3. It feels good to be on the weight loss train again (have a look back at Day Two for some explanation)
  4. You don’t know how good you can feel until you go up, down, and then back up again
  5. Sometimes it’s hard to come up with a new topic each day (my heart goes out to Mark Sisson of Mark’s Daily Apple! - C)

Taking stock of yesterday’s caloric bonanza: it was a fun experiment, but not one that I want to continue each day. It’s a nice N=1 middle finger to the calorie counter crowd, but it’s good to feel hungry sometimes as well.

I can say that I felt truly full yesterday; I didn’t want to eat another bite. That continued until today and after my afternoon “snack”, I again felt like I didn’t want any more food again. As in literally if someone had put the plate of cookies in front of me, I’d have easily just sighed and turned away. So for someone following a similar meal plan, you might want to single out a mega-calorie day each week, and eat twice as much as you normally would. Just don’t turn it into a “cheat day” which will ruin your progress. Focus on eating a load of the great food you’re already having.

Another observation was a kind of frenetic energy I experienced during the mid-afternoon: after all, if you can’t turn much of the food into fat then it has to be burned or expelled! This links back to what I said above, “calories available for storage” are more important when it comes to creating fat stores.

And before we go, I’m guessing you’d like to know what I actually ate:
  • Bulletproof coffee
  • Big greek salad with some cheddar cheese, boiled eggs, broccoli, chicken, chorizo, parma ham, olive oil (I think I got everything; this came in around 2000 calories)
  • Big bag of mixed salted nuts
  • 2 big bars of dark chocolate
  • Jerky

Until tomorrow,


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