Rapid Fat Loss Protocol Journal (+ A Whole Lot More)
Hey all, new here as an actual forum member but have been a part of the community eating (and drinking) the bulletproof lifestyle for about 2 months. I'm starting this post to journal my experience going through the RFLP as it seems there aren't a lot of actual 'results' posts on here so i figured hopefully some people may be able to benefit from my experience with this.
Backstory: Before I get into where I am now and where I'm going, let me give you a quick history of how i got here. In 2008 I was in a bad car accident that blew out three discs in my lower back, leaving me pretty depressed and unable to do any physical activity. I was miserable and in a lot of pain and as a result gained a lot of weight. I was overweight to start with (roughly 280) but ballooned up to 340lbs during this time. In December 2009 I had spinal fusion surgery and the next 6 months I spent relearning to walk and getting my life back. I started eating 'better' (so i thought) cutting down fat intake, stopped drinking soda, eating whole grains etc and did a lot of walking. I dropped from 340 down to about 315 in all of 2010. Then it slowed down, and this style of eating and exercising was resulting in only a couple pounds a month. I counted calories, spent hours on the treadmill, everything you were taught to do and over the course of the next 3 years made it down to about 290.
Sometime around mid 2013 I discovered 'clean eating'. My wife and I wisened up to the amount of processed foods and chemicals we were still eating and did our best to cut out as much processed crap as possible. This helped me drop down to my previous low of 260 right at September 2013. At that time I started taking propecia to help regrow some of my hair which is starting to recede way faster than it should. Well lucky me wound up in the 'small percentage' of people who experience weight gain as a side effect, and around December 27 2013 I stopped taking it for good. End result of my experience with propecia? Regrew about three hairs on my head, and gained 20lbs leaving my at 280 to end 2013.
January 1 2014 I spent researching and trying to figure out how to lose the 20lb bonus I just got, and wound up finding Paleo. The science behind it made a lot of sense to me and it seemed to have been a pretty popular way of life for a lot of people so I gave it a shot. Within the first week I was losing weight pretty well and dropped into the high 260's within a couple weeks, but then I stumbled upon a youtube video of a guy by the name of Dave and it all really clicked.
Becoming Bulletproof: February 5th was the first day I ever drank a cup of Bulletproof Coffee and there's been no going back since. I quickly adopted the intermittent fasting way of life, having my cup of coffee first thing, followed by some healthy fats, veggies and protein between 2 and 8, eating only when hungry and only until full.
At present I weigh 245, the lowest I can ever remember weighing. I'm just 5 pounds away from hitting the 100lb mark, but most likely a good 25-30 lbs away from where I need to be (as of today I'm still 25%BF). The problem for me is that I've been stuck sitting at 245 give or take a pound for the past 13 days and feeling bloated and just generally disgusting, a direct result of a recent week long trip to Vegas which didn't necessarily go according to plan.
So now I've got a beach vacation in Mexico coming up on Memorial Day, and come hell or high water I'm going to break out of this funk my body is in, rid that last 25 pounds and for once in my life be ready to hit the beach with some pride.
The Plan: Starting today (4/15/14) I'll be following the Rapid Fat Loss Protocol (RFLP) with the goal of breaking the current cycle and kickstarting the weight loss again to get down to my goal weight of 220 and/or 15% BF. I'm not dead set on those marks, the ultimate goal is a healthy and fit physique and those marks are just my current guess of where 'healthy and fit' will end up being. My trip leaves May 22nd which leaves me 37 days between then and now. In between I have Easter dinner with the family, a birthday party, and a wedding so I'm hoping to align those with refeed days, which should be no problem.
I'll journal my progress here along the way so in case anyone else is contemplating this or has some sort of similar history you can benefit from my experience in making your own decisions. For the record I am following the timing and dosages set forth in dave's explanatory post.
Day 1 - Tuesday April 15, 2014
" All the effort you are making will ultimately pay off "