It has been a very interesting adventure. And I hate to say it, but it did pretty much get me ripped.
First week was difficult - but the initial energy from the diet gave me lots of energy to jump-start workouts and weight lifting.
Second week was easier - was already in the habit of eating steak and eggs, but burning off all of that energy can be difficult especially if your sore.
Third week - Was just like second week, except I would substitute various meats in like liver, and also duck eggs which are 10x better!
Fourth week - going well so far!
The biggest things I have taken from this is how to control my sugar and carb cravings. Running off of fat alone definitely feels superior to sugars, but sugars do have their advantages.
After this challenge I will really be able to hone in on my dietary intake. You see and feel lots of changes and most of them are good. I had to drink a lot more water, increased my salt intake (natural salts of course, straight from the mountains!), and the best part is not feeling hungry as often. I would get downright cranky without my daily banana and apple before. And if I didnt, I would sub with dates or other sugars throughout the day. Having a complete hold on my insulin feels like a worlds difference than my primal eating before this challenge.
Also...I used to expend a lot of energy on what food I would eat for the day, from thinking about it, to finding recipes, to researching inflammatory foods, then seeing that Ive spent 5 hours at the computer was a lot of time. Various recipes and everything are a ton of fun, but this cuts all of that chemistry out of the picture and allowed me to focus on other things more like lifting and exercise.
I remember joking with my dad when he wanted a quick meal and went to Wendys for a crappy overpriced salad with soybean oil dressing and franken-chicken. He left and I seared up a thin ribeye, and 6 scrambled eggs and was already sitting and eating by the time he got back. Now that is fast food my friend!
"I think the basic anti-aging diet is also the best diet for prevention and treatment of diabetes, scleroderma, and the various "connective tissue diseases." This would emphasize high protein, low unsaturated fats, low iron, and high antioxidant consumption, with a moderate or low starch consumption.
In practice, this means that a major part of the diet should be milk, cheese, eggs, shellfish, fruits and coconut oil, with vitamin E and salt as the safest supplements."
- Ray Peat