Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Blowing up the silos (hypothermia)

Its a common belief that fat is fat, whether we eat it or whether its stored in our bodies. Of course this is naive, our bodies are far more complex than skin balloons packed with nutrients. There are two kinds of fat tissue in our body;

The "fuel silos" are called White Adipose Tissue (WAT) made of simple cells; their membrane has a few receptors on it that trigger the cell to store or release energy, the nucleus is small and pressed against the cell membrane, and inside one big lipid droplet that shrinks or swells as needed. When dieting your pancreas releases Glucagon to trigger your fat to release their reserves. When your body releases insulin (which it does after almost every meal to some degree) your WAT cells swell back up. This is why its so hard to keep weight off.

Then there's the factory fat cells, Brown Adipose Tissue (BAT) which are much more complex; they contain many smaller lipid droplets and the enzimes needed to burn the energy right in them. They're especially important in infants because they're too small to shiver to get warm, so their "brown fat" burns their fat immediately to keep their body temperature regulated. Adults maintain a good amount of it in our upper back and neck, though strangely lean adults have more BAT than obese adults.

When our bodies become hypothermic, say by taking an ice water bath, BAT thermogenesis is activated depleting those cells of stored energy to produce body heat. Shivering also releases more energy to raise heat. While the sound of a ice water bath may sound horrifying, its actually not that bad after you've been running, decrease water temp slowly, and can even be meditative.

The goal is to destroy WAT (White Adipose Tissue) - not just slowly deplete it but leave the cells in a state ready to swell back up every time you eat, but actually reducing the number of white fat cells in your body for permanent weight loss.

Thursday, June 16, 2011

Blowing up the silos (morning)

An awesome holiday gift last December was a book, "The 4-Hour Body", a 570 page hardcover hacking guide to the human body. On Dec 20 I started the "Rapid Fat-Loss" program within with great success - in less than three months I lost nearly 5% body fat, with just with a few changes to my diet and no additional exercise.

I got looser with the diet as the weather got warmer and I started exercising more, then partially tore my archilles tendon between two different accidents confining me to a reclining chair for two months. Of course I gained all the fat back; the fuel silos (fat cells) were still there in the same number, just emptied a bit, and all of them sending out messages to adjust insulin and metabolism so that they could refill.

You can see on my bodybuilding.com profile the raise starting in mid-March. However, the experience wasn't a lost cause - I have a better idea of what works and learned a number of new recipes for making it work easier, since the book only mentions veganism and doesn't provide much in the way of meal ideas (I'll share one below).

I started training June 2nd for Fall Rugby season - something I'm using as a focus point to stay motivated. I'm calling this program "Blowing up the Silos" - not just slowly using the fuel within, but mushroom clouds on the horizon. As I sit here at 9am writing this my 640 calorie breakfast burns like napalm through my veins, barely able to sit still long enough to type. When I finish with this I'm headed out for wind sprints just to burn off the excess energy.

Upon waking I immediately downed 500mg Phosphatidylserine, 500mg L-Carnitine, 300mg Alpha-Lipoic Acid, 500mg Maca root powder with a tall glass of water with 1tbsp lemon juice in it, then green tea made from 8g whole leaf supplemented with 3 grams of powdered Cissus Quadrangularis.

From there I have 30 minutes to cook breakfast while drinking the tea and chewing on a handful (24g) of cashews. Breakfast was 1 tbsp (14g) refined coconut oil in a frying pan and a batter made from 1.5tsp (4 grams) ground cinnimon and 92g gram (chic pea) flour soaked in an airtight container with 1 cup of water the night before. Makes something not even remotely akin to a pancake, but edible. Net carbs 50 grams, 26 grams protein, and a whopping 640 calories.

Along with breakfast was another handful of pills; daily cal-mag-zinc supplement (needed to replenish whats lost from green tea causing you to urinate all day), 500mg chromium, 60mg CoQ 10, and a multivitamin.

The magic in this combination is how these various elements cascade each other. I would explain in detail here how each of these do amazing things on their own, but I can't sit any longer. I'll post more on other meals and adjustments I'm making later.