Photo: Abs After 2 Years of 4500 Calories & No Exercise
By: Dave Asprey
August 10, 2011
I’ve always told myself I’d never be one of those dorky guys who posts shirtless pictures of himself posing in front of a mirror holding a camera.
I was wrong, but I did it for a good cause.
It took years for me to test and verify that the quality and composition of food is far more important than the amount you eat or the amount and type of exercise you get. People don’t believe me when I tell them it’s possible. So in the name of demonstrating the difference between a plain paleo diet and the Bulletproof Diet, here’s how I look now even without exercise. I couldn’t do this on a normal paleo diet because toxins in it keep inflammation going even when omega 6 fats are reduced.
The photo in this post is taken under these conditions:
- I have slept less than 5 hours per night on average for 2 continuous years, on purpose, because I am busy.
- I took the photo after I landed, following 20 hours in transit from Victoria, BC to the Philippines, by way of Narita, Japan, with no sleep along the way. The Crowne Plaza bathtub is behind me!
- My grand total exercise in the last 2 years is 4 soft yoga classes completed 6 months ago, plus two five-minute kettelbell swing sessions two weeks before the photo. That’s it.
- I have eaten between 4,000 and 4,500 calories per day on average of The Bulletproof Diet for 2 years
- I used to weigh 300 lbs when I was obese
You tell me – would you be willing to cut toxins out of your diet and eat high amounts of healthy fat if it let you look like this without wasting time on sleep or exercise? You can get even better results from exercise like crossfit and sleeping more too, of course, when you have time for them…
How I Accomplished This
I strictly followed The Bulletproof Diet: a way of eating that is high in quality fats, medium in quality grass-fed meats/proteins, and cyclically low carb. It’s delicious, satisfying, anti-inflammatory and – most importantly – it will give you back the energy levels you remember from when you were a little kid. I’ve lost and kept off 100 pounds, as have many others.
How Bulletproof Differs From The Paleo Diet
Bulletproof shares principles with paleo, ketogenic, low carb, and even vegan diets – but it’s different because of its focus on eating foods that lower toxins and inflammation in the body. This post provides a full explanation of what makes the Bulletproof Diet unique from Paleo and other common diets, but here’s the short version.
While many people see initial success going Paleo, they often plateau for a reason. I couldn’t have gotten these results just while Paleo because it’s higher in certain toxins. One of the reasons is that the Paleo diet is higher in certain toxins. That includes a special kind of carbohydrate molecule called lectins, which bind to and disrupt proteins in your body and are highly concentrated in nightshade plants like potatoes and peppers. Another common toxin that the Paleo diet doesn’t do enough to avoid in my experience is mycotoxins. The toxin load is not necessarily the only difference, but it’s a good place.
Want to dive in? Even if you don’t do anything all at once, any step is a step worth taking. Check out this 14 Step Guide To Going Bulletproof to get started on the right foot.