Congrats, Bill.  You done good :)  As someone who's been active in sports 
and exercised for pretty much my whole life, I can attest to the fact that 
"more exercise" isn't always enough, as doc's and mag's might have us 
believe.  What you put in the tank is critical, just as the type of 
exercise is.  As we age, exercising with a high degree of intensity becomes 
even more important (e.g., heavier weights, bursts of high power output, 
putting significant load on our muscles and bones, include interval 
training, etc. ... as opposed to an hour lightly jogging on a treadmill).

The ideas in EBDJ are very similar to those described in Tim Ferriss' book 
"the 4 Hour Body".  After reading it I dropped 8 lbs in a week by cutting 
out sugar, bread, and dialing up the protein and healthy fats.  Well, I did 
eat a lot of bacon too!  It was not easy.  But Ferris advocates for 1 
"reset" day per week in which you each as much of anything as you want.  He 
claims there is scientific proof for the reset day being important 
chemically.  It sure helped me emotionally :)  Anyway, cholesterol remains 
good, though I personally think luck plays part of a hand in that given the 
genes you're dealt, along with diet.


On Tuesday, March 6, 2018 at 4:13:23 PM UTC-5, Bill Lindsay wrote:
> Over the last few years, I've been a reasonably low-carb person.  I 
> generally steer clear of pizza, rice, bread, but my discipline has been far 
> from perfect.  Things were working out fine, in that I wasn't gaining the 1 
> pound a year that people tell me I'm supposed to be gaining throughout my 
> 40s.  I've been holding at 180, which was acceptable but not ideal.  This 
> winter I decided: I've spent long enough treading water as a 180 pounder.  
> I'm a 155 pounder with 25 pounds of unnecessary cargo.  I decided I was 
> going to drop 20 pounds, and this past week I've made it there, dropping 
> below 160 for maybe the first time this century.  There have been a few 
> changes that might have contributed to success. I'm drinking a lot less 
> beer, and a lot less booze in general. My exercise routine has included 
> much more short and intense efforts as a coach of the high school mountain 
> bike team.  I've also done more to think about the way that I tend to think 
> about food. Just like with drinking alcohol, I find that I have the urge to 
> eat when I'm bored, or have downtime. I've tried to keep myself occupied 
> more, and I've endeavored to break that mental connection so I don't start 
> snacking every time there's a calm moment.  
> A few weeks back I did a 200k with SFRandonneurs, and I really noticed a 
> difference in my appetite.  For the first time, I kind of had to force 
> myself to eat.  I had packed four Lara Bars for a 9 hour ride, and I went 
> ahead and ate one at 50k, at 100k and at 150k, just because it seemed like 
> a good idea to put some food in.  I wonder if I've reached some level of 
> fat-burning, and have largely broken the sugar-dependence where I don't get 
> super ravenous.  
> So, Winter is almost over and we haven't fought about EBDJ all winter 
> long, I don't think.  It's a datapoint of one but I'm doing fine with very 
> little bread, rice, etc.  I enjoy a cut up apple with almond butter for 
> desert.  I plop a huge scoop of coconut oil in my morning coffee.  I'm 
> eating lots of roasted veggies and raw veggies.  I'll throw a fried egg on 
> any meal.  I eat lots of nuts and seeds.  I make bacon on Saturday 
> mornings, typically.  My 34 inch waist pants no longer fit.  I just bought 
> a couple pairs of 32s and one pair of 30s.  The 30s are snug, and I call 
> them "the motivator" to get me the rest of the way to 155, where I'll 
> probably stop and hold.  Set a goal and make it happen.
> Bill Lindsay
> El Cerrito, CA

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