(Update: I’ve completed the diet. Thank God. Here are all the posts in this series . . .
Steak and Eggs Diet Week 1 — Work lunch and cookie fail.
Steak and Eggs Diet Week 2 — Stay Puft Marshmallow Man fail.
Steak and Eggs Diet Week 3 — Nachos fail.
Steak and Eggs Diet Week 4 — Donuts fail. Damn it.
Steak and Eggs Diet Week 5 — Pumpkin bread fail.
Steak and Eggs Diet Week 6 — Success! Finally!
Steak and Eggs Diet Week 8 — Done! Waist reduced by 3 1/4 inches. Before and After Photos.)
A while back, I wrote a post about the steak and eggs diet. Don’t bother looking for it in the archives – I never published it. It was extreme.
My blog was still brand new; I was trying to find my voice, and I soon found myself writing more about personal development than diet and exercise. So I put the article on the back shelf. It’s been gathering dust there ever since.
Excuses . . . Excuses
In addition, I discovered that trying to get a new blog started from scratch is fucking hard. Especially if you’re a technophobe like I am.
I knew blogging would be difficult, but I was clueless as to how steep the learning curve would be. Even with my usual 4:30am wake time, I just did not have the time I needed to fit in a good workout and toil away on my blog.
Yeah, that sounds about right.
So I made a choice. I put my training on hold.
Just until I’ve settled into my blogging routine. Once it’s up and running I’ll have more time and I’ll start lifting again.
What the fuck was I thinking?
You don’t free up more time as you get deeper into blogging . . . you have to dedicate more and more of your time to it!
Damn. Where does that leave me and my excuse to avoid training?
In the same place all excuses belong . . . the shit-heap.
So I decided, “Enough.” I snapped a couple shitty cell phone self-shots in the mirror as a starting reference. I figured I might as well document this since I have a blog now — and half of my tagline is “Own Your Body.”
I’d better get to owning mine again.
Unfortunately, when I saw the pictures I realized just how far I’d let myself slip. Fuck. Cookies and beer . . . they get me every time.
Oh well. It’s not my first slip up, and I doubt it will be my last. But I realized I had some serious work to do.
Enter the Steak and Eggs Diet
Which brings me back to the good ‘ol steak and eggs diet. This has often been a go to diet for me in the past. I’ve never been a fan of long, slow and steady weight loss. When you’re severely overweight, you have no choice – it’s going to take a long time. But I’m not that far off from decent shape. And I have little patience for drawn out dieting.
I Want Results Fast
So I’m going with the tried and true. Steak and eggs . . . and not much else. And since I’m doing this, I figure I should publish the protocol I use for anyone else who might be interested – or foolish enough – to try it. My way is strict and brutal . . .
But so damn effective.
I’m going to dust off that old article, maybe rework it a bit, and publish that in my next post.
Disclaimer: I call it the “Steak and Eggs Diet Challenge” because it IS a challenge. It’s a bitch . . . and not for everyone (or even most people). I make that clear in the actual post. It is NOT to be interpreted as a challenge issued to YOU.
In order to hold myself accountable — and illustrate by example that the diet actually does work – I’ll be tracking my progress right here on a weekly basis.
I won’t be able to provide actual weight loss numbers for you . . . I don’t own a scale. I judge progress through pictures and the mirror, but I’ll take some waist measurements in order to provide concrete evidence.
What I Expect
Rapid transformation. Nothing less.
The diet, combined with the resumption of my training (4:00am wake time?) should have me back to a respectable body composition within 4-6 weeks.
The sooner the better.
As effective as this diet has always proven for me, I tend to despise it before even the first week has ended. But I’d rather just hit the diet hard and get it over with. Then I can move on to more varied (and enjoyable) eating.
Going into this, I do have a few things in my favor:
- Muscle memory. Due to years of training, my body has become quite adept at regrowing muscle lost through inactivity.
- Metabolism. I’ve always responded well to dieting – at least to diets of the low carb variety.
- Been there done that. I’ve used this diet on multiple occasions in the past so I know what to expect. Shit. On second thought, that’s actually a deterrent. Well, at least I still have the first two points going for me.
Below, I’ve included some pictures. They’re kind of ass backwards — the before shots are better than the after shots. The first pictures are from the last time I was using this diet. They were progress pics, not final shots (which I never ended up taking), but they’ll give you an idea of what can be accomplished with this diet (and they help a bit with my bruised ego). The last couple pictures are where I stand right now. It’s not pretty, I know.
But fuck it.
Before shots taken from the last time I did the steak and eggs diet
Where I stand now
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