In Search of a Fighter’s Diet

I’ve struggled with diet and weight most of my life.  In fact, my terrible diet from my younger days nearly killed me.  At just 27 I was diagnosed with Diverticulitis and had to undergo some pretty major surgery to get it under control.  In suffering through that condition, and my subsequent recovery, where I could barely eat for weeks, I got down to a healthy weight.  However, on my doctor proscribed high-carb, low-fat diet I gained it all back almost instantly.

Eventually, I saw a couple of my friends succeed with an Atkins diet and I decided to give it a try myself.  The results were pretty dramatic.  I lost a ton of weight and got down to a place where I started to feel pretty good.  Largely, I’ve used advice from Dr. Atkins to keep my weight under control — losing about 40-50 pounds from my peak (with some ups and downs). Here’s a quick pair of before and after photos.  First is me in 2002 and the other is me last year in Hawaii with my girls.  I’d show you a “before” with my shirt off, but no record of that has survived. 🙂

Before

    After

Now, all this is great, but I’m not really where I want to be.  I’m trying to move beyond “being at a healthy weight” to “being in great shape.”  This turns out to be a much different thing!  Those that follow my blog regularly know that I’m now training hard for my Taekwondo black belt and I’m now exercising more than at any point in my life.  I’m moving from a place where I just want to lose fat (although I still have more to lose!) to where I want to gain muscle.  I’m starting to feel my stock Atkins diet isn’t doing it for me.

To this end, I’ve been starting to do a lot of research into ways I might modify my diet to take it from a weight-loss regimen into a performance optimized program that helps my training and gives me what I need to compete.  I’m going to start updating this blog with what I find and see if I can craft a real fighter’s diet that works for me.

If you have suggestions for ideas or good resources, please leave them in the comments below.  Thanks!

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4 Comments (+add yours?)

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  4. robertoheckers
    Oct 25, 2011 @ 02:36:53

    Nice results!
    I can only recommend a good diet for everyone!
    it’s good for your weight and for your health

    Reply

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