Monday, July 31, 2006

The '30-In-30' Low-Carb Weight Loss Challenge

Mark your calendars with a big red circle on Tuesday, August 1, 2006.

What's happening on that date? Well, it is the first day of a new beginning of sorts for me and something that will hopefully motivate and inspire others who desperately desire to lose weight for good. If you are ready to get serious about your commitment to livin' la vida low-carb, then how about joining me in this new journey I am about to begin.

What is this journey you ask? In short, I'm going to consciously attempt to LOSE weight again just like I did when I took that first step on the Atkins diet in January 2004 and I want YOU to join me in this effort I have called the "30-In-30" Low-Carb Weight Loss Challenge.

What does "30-In-30" mean? Well, it stands for 30 pounds in 30 weeks and that is my one simple goal in all of this. After this recent blog post about my hanging, loose skin quite possibly being additional fat that needs to be burned, I have decided that it is time to go back on a weight loss plan. If I did it once losing 180 pounds, then why can't I lose a measly little 30 pounds?

I'm proud of the fact that my weight has remained relatively stable for the past two years since I shed 180 pounds off of my body in 2004. But lately I have seen the scale moving ever-so-slowly upward which is a trend I would like to nip in the bud right here, right now. What better way to do that than to set my mind and body into weight loss mode again?

My starting weight for this "30-In-30" Low-Carb Weight Loss Challenge is 240 pounds. Yes, I know that's 10 more pounds than what I weighed at the end of 2004, but that is why I am starting this effort at this moment in time. By the end of the 30 weeks, I hope to be down to a svelte 210 pounds. I don't think this goal is unrealistic for me and this renewed commitment to my weight and fitness training will help me refocus on my attention on living healthy and eating the best that I can.

The "30-In-30" Low-Carb Weight Loss Challenge will run from Tuesday, August 1, 2006 through Tuesday, February 27, 2007 -- 30 weeks in all! The goal? Lose ONE pound a week for 30 weeks. Sounds easy enough, doesn't it? That's right, it does and I am going to show you it can be done even for someone who isn't necessarily obese anymore.

I have some advantages and disadvantages starting this "30-In-30" Low-Carb Weight Loss Challenge.

The advantage I have is the fact that I have already been extremely successful on the low-carb lifestyle and long ago committed myself to this way of eating for the rest of my life. I don't have to deal with the sugar cravings, the leg cramps, the headaches and all the rest that you go through when you first begin low-carb. Those issues will not even be a factor for me now. My confidence that I will be successful is off the charts!

On the other hand, I do have a distinct disadvantage because I don't have that much weight to lose and it won't come off as easily as it did for me two years ago. That's okay, I'm still ready to do this, but I realize I have my work cut out for me. When I lost weight in 2004, my average weight loss was about 4-5 pounds a week. I only want to lose ONE pound a week for this challenge which should make it completely attainable.

What I will specifically do to get my weight starting back down again is moderate my carb intake to less than 50g carbs daily and stay in a carb intake range that will keep me in fat-burning mode for the duration of the challenge. Additionally, I will continue my regular workouts at the gym and push myself to keep going a little longer to burn those extra calories that have been making my weight start to go up again. I'm dead serious about this "30-In-30" Low-Carb Weight Loss Challenge and have no doubt in my mind that I WILL be a resounding success!

But don't think I'm in this "30-In-30" Low-Carb Weight Loss Challenge alone! Oh no, you're not getting off that easy! I want YOU to join me in this effort and I encourage you to take me up on my challenge right away. There's no sense in waiting until New Year's Day to commit yourself to a resolution to lose weight. RIGHT NOW is the BEST time to start making it happen for yourself and I'll be in this with you all along the way.

For some of you, 30 pounds is exactly what you need to lose and this "30-In-30" Low-Carb Weight Loss Challenge is just the kick in the pants you needed to get you going. But for others, 30 pounds will merely be the beginning of SEVERAL "30-In-30" Low-Carb Weight Loss Challenges you will need to go through. That's okay and I encourage you to let this challenge get you started off on the right foot towards becoming the low-carb weight loss success that you deserve to become.

The point of this challenge isn't to see how fast you can lose weight (although if the pounds come pouring off, then GOOD FOR YOU!). Instead, it's about keeping your head in this weight loss game and never taking your eye off of the ultimate prize of maintaining your weight and staying healthy for the rest of your life.

That's why I took that first step over two years ago when my life and weight was a complete wreck and on the verge of collapse. Livin' la vida low-carb saved my life then and it's gonna save a lot of you now. We'll go through this effort together and keep each other encouraged as we see the progress we are making. YOU CAN DO IT!

I will keep you updated on my weight loss progress with weekly weigh-ins on what I will call "Terrific Tuesdays" along with the occasional comments about YOUR progress that I will share from time to time with everyone.

Are you ready for the "30-In-30" Low-Carb Weight Loss Challenge? Ready or not, here we go! LET'S DO IT!

E-mail me if you think you are up to the challenge! And be sure to visit the "30-In-30" Low-Carb Weight Loss Challenge blog to read current updates from me and your fellow participants in the challenge!


Blogger Lowcarb_dave said...

Sounds Good Jimmy!

I will follow you as you go along.
Due to mt present bulk, I plan to drop more than 30 pounds in 30 weeks, but I will settle for 30!


8/01/2006 5:04 AM  
Blogger Mr. and Mrs. Fat said...

We are excited to read about this and would like to join and and follow along. We are ready!

Mr and Mrs Fat

8/01/2006 6:55 AM  
Blogger Perk Central said...

I lost 32 pounds beginning Jan 04 following the wonderfully brave and intelligent teachings of Dr. Atkins. Nov 05 I sort of began straying a bit. I have gained about 6 pounds (UGH!). I am VERY montivated to lose not only that 6 pounds, but also another 24. Using an old saying "What's it gonna take? TEAMWORK!", I think I want to be teamed up for this challenge. Bring it on! Perk

8/01/2006 3:53 PM  
Blogger Newbirth said...

I just need to get this last 9 off. I was so close to goal and the GTT threw it off and the weight just won't come off! My goal is 137 and I'm hanging out in the high 140s - 146 this morning. I decided to cut out the flax because I think most of the extra weight is just bloating and the flax might be making it worse.

I leave on vacation on Sunday, so next week will be a lost cause for dieting. I won't be able to count calories or carbs so I'll be lucky to maintain.

8/01/2006 7:37 PM  
Blogger Invisible Blogger said...

Jimmy, good luck on the challenge. I am afraid, however, you are about to prove that fiddling around with carb counts doesn't do much good, beyond a certain point. I found that I can get myself to a BMI of about 26+ simply by watching carbs, but to go beyond that requires watching calories. There's no if, ands, or buts about it. Right now your BMI is 30, your goal BMI at 210 pounds is 26.2. so if my hunch is right, you might get there by restricting carbs alone. But Jimmy, please take this in the spirit of brotherly love and conern, the cold hard fact of the matter is: 26.2 is still overweight. For a guy your height, your goal really ought to be under 200 pounds. And the only way you'll get THERE for sure is to watch those calories. Not a lot mind you. Just eat a 10 oz steak instead of 14. Use less oil and butter. Smaller portions of everything .

8/02/2006 8:53 AM  
Blogger The Happy Low Carb Taco said...

Jimmy, I find that increasing the fat to protein ratio helps me lose faster, because of the lack of insulin response to fat. (As opposed to protein, which doesn't have much, but it *does* have it)

(Of course, then again, I just don't eat carbs period, but most people don't do that. I can't blame them.)

Best of luck, and I'll mark my calender as well!

8/02/2006 4:24 PM  
Blogger JENNA said...

I'm in. Sign me off of starches immediately!

8/02/2006 5:35 PM  
Blogger Newbirth said...

I need to get 8 more off as of this morning (slowly losing the bloat). So I'll call mine 8 in 30. ;)

8/02/2006 8:23 PM  
Blogger Kent said...

Invisible Blogger:
Reliance on BMI as opposed to Body Fat Percentage is very near sighted. My BMI is still 27.4 which puts me in the overweight category, but my BF % is under 12%, which is considered athletic. I would encourage Jimmy to set his goal weight based upon a body fat assessment. Instead of focusing on caloric intake, my only suggestion would be to train for an upcoming race or athletic event. There is nothing like half marathon to keep you motivated and eating that 14 oz ribeye.

8/02/2006 10:15 PM  
Blogger Rob said...

If Jimmy drops his carbs to virtually zero he would reach his goal weight in 30 weeks let alone just 30 pounds. I blogged about this a little while back. Dietary fat will not make you fat.

There is no mechanism in the body to take dietary fat. Calories, as Invisible Blogger insists, are not a factor until you've reached your true natural goal weight. That calories count is a common misunderstaning on how fat metabolism works, which is the basis of the "low fat" diet.

Don't believe me? I went on a weight watchers "deal a meal" plan for 2 months in 1995 and was really strict in my choices. I forced down lots of veggies, kept my fat low and over the course of two GRUELLING months I lost like 10 pounds, and that was also with working out and excersing. My wife joined me and she lost even less weight. She was a vegetarian before that and she actually GAINED weight. I've heard other accounts of obese people going vegetariand and actually gaining weight.

You see, obese people like myself and Jimmy are extremely sensitive to carbs. I can gain a pound just looking at a donut. The same thing that's happening to Jimmy is probably the same thing that happened to me on a calorie restricted low fat diet. I was probably excersing and working out just enough to burn whatever weight I was eating on a high (good) carb diet. If it wasn't for his excersize Jimmy would probably be closer to 270-280 right now instead of 240. He's most likely burning just enough calories to maintain, and apparently even gain, weight.

Drop the carbs and the weight comes off effortlessly and rapidly. I've been on a low-carb diet and when I'm my strictest, like this time, I dropped 30 pounds in the first month and a half alone. I'm now down 60 pounds after 5 1/2 months. Why? Because dietary fat can not be converted and stored to fat in adipose tissue. Eating lots of dietary fat in the absence of carbs by people with extra body fat will actually stimulate the fat burning process. Ii will raise your metabolism causing you to burn fat even faster. Carbs also interfer with muscle growth while fat stimulates muscle growth (check out Vince Gironda. Dietary fat also Throwing carbs into your diet and provoking insulin responses throws a monkey wrench in this process.

8/02/2006 11:38 PM  
Blogger Science4u1959 said...

I agree with Rob. Before Atkins, back in the early 90's, I gained weight on a hospital-supervised, high-carb, low-fat, low-calorie diet. Although I told my doctors that I tried this very same diet for so many years, they kept insisting that my fat intake was too high. Of course it didn't work, so they kept lowering calories until I was consuming less than 800 calories per day. And still the weight did not come off. My health, at the same time, detoriated.

My (obviously clueless) doctors were flabbergasted. It was then, after a horrible ordeal that lasted more than 6 months, that I finally quit the hospital starvation diet and started Atkins. I still remember that I left the hospital, fuming. And I also remember vividly the first thing I did (and what turned out to be the best thing to do!) was buying myself a proper meal with an enormous steak.

I consumed, especially in the beginning, almost 3 times the number of calories - and the weight came off, almost effortlessly, and in double-digit pounds.

Since those days I started studying nutrition and researching the medical literature. After losing more than 200 pounds this way, and keeping it off for more than a decade, I made a promise to myself. Never, ever, for as long as I live, will I succumb to the low-fat and/or calorie lie again. Of course, I realize that ultimately we are all governed by calories.

But what most experts forget is the very different metabolical pathway fats and proteins follow as opposed to carbs. Dr. Atkins, the great and brilliant pioneer, recognized this fact very early on and called it the "metabolic advantage" of LC diets. Of course he was correct but was scorned and rediculed for it - but most certainly he was 100% right on the money.

For the obese, there is simply no more efficient, effective, healthy and safe way to lose and maintain weight than a low-carb, ketogenic diet. It burns adipose tissue like nothing else whilst preserving and actually increasing lean muscle mass. Not to mention the long, impressive list of other health benefits.

Like Rob said, throwing carbs into your diet and provoking insulin responses throws a monkey wrench in this process.

As for losing weight: I am with you, Jimmy! I decided that I could stand to lose another 30 pounds.

8/03/2006 1:42 AM  
Blogger Jimmy Moore said...

Well, if you gonna go to results, Rob, then I lost 30 pounds in my first month on Atkins, 30 pounds in the second month and 100 pounds in less than six months.

I did all of this eating around 30-40g carbs daily. Of course the weight will come off slower THIS time because I don't have much weight to lose.

But if I discipline myself (which I will!) to get back down to that level of carbs and continue with my exercise plan, then that 30 pounds in 30 weeks will be a cinch.

Your perspective is always intriguing, so thanks for sharing!

8/03/2006 8:10 AM  
Blogger Invisible Blogger said...

ah, there goes rob again. Rob, do you know ANYONE (other than that cranky ex-pat chemist in Australia) who has reached his "true natural goal weight" eating unlimited calories and zero carbs?

I tried it for 2 months, didnt work. I tried watching portions, and i now weigh less than I have in 15 years.

but like I said, I'll try your method after I get to where I want to be. If I start gaining weight, you lose the arguement, ok?

Kent, I agree with you, BF % is more meaninful than BMI.

8/03/2006 9:02 AM  
Blogger Rob said...

Sorry Invisible, but you're still incorrect. Tell me, what is the metabolic pathway for dietary fat storage in a zero carb diet? You will not be able to find the answer because no answer exists.

What happens is that insulin enters the bloodstream to take care of the glucose, part of it's function is to increase fatty acid synthesis. Insulin take the glucose, converts it into triglycerides and stores it in the fat cells (adipose tissue). When you low carb and decrease the insulin response it does just the reverse.

No matter what "personal experience" you bring to the table it doesn't change the facts on fat and carb metabolism.

8/03/2006 2:42 PM  
Blogger Rob said...

I don't dispute that you can lose weight on a low-carb diet. Someone who needs to lose 200+ pounds will lose weight on 50-10g carbs, but that's not the issue. I think you're stalling at 230-240 because your carb intake is high enough for you to gain weight. Without excersize to burn calories you probably be gaining even more weight. I supoort you but I think you're too attached to the low-carb products.

The mind and acculturation will lead to all kinds of wild excuses on why you need to eat carbs and I don't understand the desire to lose slowly. I hate my fat and I want it off me ASAP because it's affecting my health.

Thanks Science, at least you get it :)

On another note though, Atkins was far from being a pioneer. Banting came up with a similiar diet 100 years before him, not to mention that humans have been eating a zero carb diet for hundreds of thousands of years until recently with the advent of agriculture and population increases.

8/03/2006 3:28 PM  
Blogger Newbirth said...

Atkins didn't claim he came up with the concept himself. He read about low-carb in a medical magazine and tried it on himself.

8/03/2006 11:08 PM  
Blogger Rob said...

I'll say one thing about Atkins, y'all would be failing miserably his 1972 version. :D

If you're an Atkins fan find his 1972 book. He was really close to zero carb for the most part. During in induction in that version you ate 1 salad at dinner and that was it. And you didn't eat it because is was healthy and wholesome, you ate it for variety and blending in with the crowd.

8/03/2006 11:59 PM  
Blogger Jimmy Moore said...

But the fact is, Rob, we're NOT doing the 1972 version of the Atkins diet (I wasn't even barely born at that time!). Even Dr. Atkins realized there were ways to make his plan BETTER and he did it with his "New Diet Revolution" book. I'll never regret how I lost my weight and neither should any other Atkins devotee.

8/04/2006 8:12 AM  
Blogger Invisible Blogger said...

hey rob, you can't hide behind that acculturation shield all the time, you know. It doesnt explain everything. It doesnt explain much, actually. Yes, some folks hold onto their cherished ways of eating, but that fact, along with whatever "the bear" says, doesnt prove your points. That fact is, you dont actually know if what you are promoting works yet, do you? I'll ask again, do you know ANYONE, other than Owsley Stanley, who has reached a true goal weight eating unlimited calories "from the animal kingdom?"

8/04/2006 8:42 AM  
Blogger Janet Dunmore said...

Hi Rob,
Found your blog very interesting, you seem to stir up quite a few comments from various people regarding your choices.

I say good luck to you, whatever works is fine, at least you're doing something positive about your weight gain.

Regards Jan

8/04/2006 9:43 AM  
Blogger Science4u1959 said...

Rob, your'e right on Banting. He was indeed one of the first documented low-carbers, but he didn't invent it. His diet was designed by a French scientist, who told Banting's friend, a UK doctor. Atkins was a pioneer in the sense that he used the works of Professor Yudkin, and Professor Alan Kekwick and Dr Gaston Pawan and translated that into a more modern, palatable diet - supplemented with adequate vitanutrients. Not so much for weight loss, mind you, but to treat cardiovascular and related illnesses. He was a cardiovascular specialist by training, and became a "diet guru" only because one of the beneficial "sideffects" of his dietary regimen was spectacular weight loss. Eventually, this side-effect became the most widely known and publized. When he used the diet for weight-loss reasons on himself, in the mid-60's, and published his first book about it, he was bombarded as diet-guru.

His pioneering work was in the science of Preventive Medicine, while adapting and refining the diet, and combining it with several specifically targeted nutrient- and supplement formulas aimed at the treatment of all kinds of serious illnesses. Weight loss was not his primary goal for many of his patients, initially. The Banting diet, for example, does not allow pork - because in Banting's days pork was seen as a "saccharine"; a substance that contained starches and thus would incur weight gain. Incidentally, the Banting Letter on Corpulence Addressed to the Public still makes for a fascinating read!

8/04/2006 2:30 PM  
Blogger tobylover71 said...

Hey Jimmy, Congrats on your great weight loss! I have been living low carb for a couple of months now and have lost 15# so far, and have about 30 to go. So YES I will join you and all of the others who have made the decision to join also :) I do have a question that I have been very curious about-can I not have sugar alcohols, sorbitol, or maltitol or any of those fake sugars? Could you please tell me the ones that I can and can't have. Thanks so much! And I look very forward to hearing how you are coming along-Good Luck! :) Shelley

8/05/2006 1:44 AM  
Blogger Jimmy Moore said...

Hey tobylover71,

You can have ANY sugar alcohol that you listed, but be aware of the side effects that ones like maltitol can cause. Also, some sugar alcohols can cause your blood sugar to rise so just be careful with those.

I would recommend erythritol if you are choosing products with a sugar alcohol. Of course, acesulfame potassium (ACE-K), sucralose (Splenda), and Xylitol are among the better sweeteners. READ YOUR LABELS!

THANKS for writing!

8/05/2006 8:12 AM  
Blogger Gary said...

I'm joining the 30/30. I've been losing an average of one pound a week since March 21, so I'll just continue on.

8/08/2006 12:57 PM  
Blogger Newbirth said...

I'm starting tomorrow now that I'm back from vacation. I gained a ton of weight and am ready to get back on the wagon and work out and eat right.

8/15/2006 9:45 PM  
Blogger Jimmy Moore said...

You'll do GREAT, Newbirth!

8/15/2006 9:54 PM  

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