Thin at 60 – a new taboo?

I have had a great morning! I fasted since yesterday afternoon. I started the day with a glass of water with bicarbonate of soda. Followed that sometime later with a Bulletproof tea. That is tea with coconut oil, dairy cream and butter. Delicious!

I then went swimming. With bags of energy, 2,500 metres crawl was no problem. Then a sauna and a cold plunge. I came out of the swimming hall feeling energised and healthy.

I went to the local supermarket to buy lunch and met a friend, E., whom I had not seen for quite a while.

“Steve, you look so thin! Are you ill?”. I can tell you that I am used to this question. What she said next was new, though. “You know, you should not be so thin being over 60 – it badly affects your looks!”

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Here is a photo of me taken when I got home. What do you think?

OK, I thought. How would I look if I was in a wheelchair. Having had both my legs amputated, due to Type 2 Diabetes? I didn’t say this. I could have retorted, “You’ve gained a lot of weight, are you ill ?” Because that would be speaking the truth.

I tried to explain my lifestyle change.

“Oh, I want to enjoy the pleasures of life -I smoke, I drink, I do not eat ecological food – it’s rubbish! Besides, my BMI (Body Mass Index) is good”

Knowing that the BMI is not an accurate way of measuring obesity, I asked her a question.

“Have you heard of the waist/height ratio?”

“No – what is that?”

I explained that this was a far better method of indicating if you are overweight or underweight. She asked me for something to write on. I gave her one of my Sakharoff.com cards. “Now, tell me the formula?”

I said that you take the waist measurement above the navel. Divide this by the height. If the result is over .5, then it shows you are obese. I showed her using my measurements on the calculator on my smartphone. 82/179 (cm)  =.4581.  She was in no hurry to let me calculate hers!

We continued the conversation as we walked around the shop. She had a friend in Spain who has always been so thin and now, at 71, she was ill. I said that it was possible to be underweight as well. The art of it is to find a weight where you reach homeostasis – normality. Or in Nature’s eyes, perfection.

If you follow a ketogenic diet, your body will find its right weight. Automatically. Because your blood sugar  levels are stable. Your insulin is thus stable. That means that the insulin is not storing excess carbs as fat for a rainy day. It worked for me. According to everyone I meet, I seem to have the DNA from a different species. They are not built like that. It won’t work for them.

Bullshit!

We left each other at the checkout. E., thinking I was a health fanatic. Me, thinking that she was cheating herself of life. Well, you win some, you lose some.

Is Obesity a Disease? Or is it a Choice?

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This is a graph of my weight loss. I have calculated precisely my daily calorific requirement. I know my shortfall. So I can calculate very precisely how to control the loss or gain almost daily. IMHO, anyone can do this, if they have a computer with a spreadsheet. IT AIN’T ROCKET SCIENCE.

Link to Periscope video on katch

The above video is a Periscope video I did on the subject of obesity, where I show how I went from 87.5 kg on 1st June, to 76.4 kg on 11th November just by changing my diet.

I do not think that obesity should be treated as a disease, unless it is a mental disease. If you eat the wrong “food” (if you can call it that), you will gain weight, if you do not use the energy.

The wrong stuff is any wheat product (bread, pasta, noodles), rice, potatoes, sugar, especially high fructose corn syrup, alcoholic beverages. Go easy on fruits (contain fructose) and protein (in meat, mainly).

Eat FAT, FAT, FAT!!!! Nuts,(Coconuts, walnuts) Olive oil, flax oil, eggs, meat (grass fed), fish, chia seeds, hemp seeds, butter, yoghurt (esp. probiotic yoghurt), avocados, green leafy vegetables, berries.

Make sure that 60% of your energy intake comes from fat and that you do not eat more protein in grams than your body weight in kg.

Get off your backside and exercise – walk 10,000 steps a day – it is not difficult. Ride a bike. Go swimming.

Get rid of stress in your life. Meditate. Do yoga. Make love.

GO FOR IT!