fat is my friend

What my run yesterday morning looked like: 

Photo Apr 08, 19 56 45

I think I mentioned last week that I was once again, reevaluating my thoughts on food.  This has stemmed from a couple of very rough weeks health-wise.  I'm not going to go into gory details, but basically the scale tipped in the wrong direction too quickly for the amount I am currently eating and exercising.  I've also had a couple of other symptoms that lead me to believe I am developing a thyroid issue, but my labs are normal (perhaps I will go into more detail later...or not).  

Anyway, since my labs are normal and I cannot come up with any reasonable explanation for what is currently happening to me, I turned to my favorite source of information...the internets!  

After some Googling and a bit of pure luck, I came across some resources that I hope will turn things around for me (since modern medicine is currently not helping).  

All of these sources promote what is essentially a low-carb lifestyle.  No sugar (to quote on of the podcast guests "sugar is like a drive-by in your body"), no grains or non-vegetable sources of carbohydrates, and add more good fat into your diet.  This idea is the basis for many trendy diets and ways of eating, but when you look at the science, it makes sense.  

Why We Get Fat: And What To Do About It by Gary Taubes (Kindle edition)(Paperback)

The Art and Science of Low Carbohydrate Performance by Stephen Phinney and Jeff Volek (Kindle edition)(Paperback)

The Fit Fat Fast Podcast 

The Fat Burning Man Podcast (he has some amazing guests who give an incredible amount of information)

The Eating Academy Blog 

Have you ever heard the phrase you can't exercise away a bad diet?  Well, with this way of thinking/eating/living you can burn fat without exercising.  Now, I'm not promoting the idea of not exercising, because I think it has many benefits both physical and mental, but most of us exercise to get skinny...and then don't.  There is a lot of information in these resources about why the idea of calories in < calories out is basically a crock.  It is mentioned several times across the board that no study ever done on that way of thinking (calories burned exceeding calories eaten leads to weight loss) has led to the conclusion that it works.  

I could go on, but I will not.  If you are interested, I suggest starting with the podcasts, as they are free.  

I plan on becoming an expert at burning fat for fuel...or as one source I found put it, becoming a "better butter burner."