When I hit the age of 40 (I’m 50 as I’m typing this), I noticed a drastic difference in how my body responded to several things. My sleep patterns were changing. I seemed to gain weight no matter what. I didn’t have the energy to work out. And, among other things, my back pain was becoming chronic.
Having worked in the restaurant industry for decades, I start to realize the lifestyle was taking a toll on me and combined with my age, the negative effects were becoming more and more noticeable.
A Moment Of Shock
While working at my last restaurant job, I was helping a customer who’d lost their wallet. We entered the office area to review the surveillance video in order to see if anyone had picked it up. I was shocked when I saw myself enter the frame. “What the hell? How the hell did you become a fat pig?!”
All my life, I’d been athletic and slim. Were my eyes playing tricks on me? I couldn’t believe it. “I don’t look like this in the mirror”, I kept repeating to myself. When the customer left, I went back into the office and took a snapshot of myself. THIS WAS WAR! I was going to get back in shape or die trying!
Enter The YO YO Years
Here’s the problem: I’m impatient. I’m sure Jenny Craig, Weight Watchers, and all of the fad diets work in the short term for some people, but they didn’t work for me. So, after failing a dozen times or more, I decided to start studying health and longevity as opposed to eating mindlessly like a preprogrammed pig.
Most of us want to get down to a comfortable weight so we can go back to living like the glutenous slobs we were before we overpaid for the crap meal plan we’re on. I realized that this way of thinking and being was not going to work for me. Heck, it doesn’t work for anyone. Just ask Oprah.
Ketogenic Diet Experiment
Eat tons of fat? Lose weight? SIGN ME UP! Are you kidding me? This ketogenic diet sounds like a dream come true. The problem for me was, it’s too complicated. Though I lost some weight, I didn’t feel good and I was rarely, if ever, in ketosis.
I also got tired of tracking keto macros and I felt terrible in the gym. Maybe I didn’t give it enough time but as I stated earlier, I’m impatient.
Snake Diet – Fasting Focused Lifestyle
Who would’ve thought that the answer to my health and wellbeing would come from one of the most foul-mouthed, but oddly likable, characters on the web? And, when I say foul-mouthed, I mean FOUL! The person I’m talking about is Cole Robinson, founder of the Snake Diet. Don’t believe me about the mouth? Have a look!
It’s important to understand a few things about Cole.
- He screams and “fat shames” to “get results”. Hate him if you will, but there’s no denying that he’s on to something. Visit his results page and see the testimonials for yourself. Some are flat out jaw-dropping.
- He’s a minimalist. Cole sleeps on the floor and gave up his pursuit of wealth to help people. He drives a clunker and claims to not be interested in making money, which leads me to the third point about Cole.
- Cole Robinson does NOT charge for his consultation. He believes that money taints the relationship between he and his clients by not allowing him to speak candidly. However, there is a catch. In order for him to work with you, you must post pictures to his groups on Facebook and/or IG. By the way, I’m not talking about a clothed selfie. I’m talking about underwear shots exposing every embarrassing dimple and wrinkle you hate to look at when you’re alone. It’s not easy to do, but it certainly drives accountability. There’s no doubt about that.
- Cole is celibate. Cole encourages people to not have unwed sex and to stay away from porn. He considers this a “dopamine fast” that helps heal your brain from the nonsense we’ve all been guilty of dumping into our heads.
Cole Robinson is an interesting guy, to say the least. Almost as interesting as his ideas about fasting and weight loss. So let’s get into the Snake Diet or as Cole would say, “LET’S BEGIN!”.
What is the Snake Diet?
The Snake Diet is a fasting focused lifestyle that promotes a proactive eating routine. Unlike many of the mainstream diets that are food focused we focus on the benefits that you get in the time between feeds.
It is in the very recent history when the scales have tipped from food scarcity in Western Culture to food glut. At any time day or night food is available for consumption. This has created a culture that is food centred rather than body centred. The human body has adapted and evolved in environments where food scarcity was common. The Snake Diet takes these principles and teaches people how to adapt them to modern living through protocols of fasting and proactive eating. The Snake Diet is a lifestyle that helps you understand how your body metabolizes food, burns fat and repairs itself at the cellular level.
How Does The Snake Diet Work?
The Snake Diet takes an evolutionary approach to eating. Since the beginning human food sources have been inconsistent. As a result the human body has made hormonal adaptations to survive in an environment of food scarcity.
When you eat more food than you can readily expend the excess energy is stored away for later use. When we eat our insulin levels increase and help to store energy in two ways. Sugars form long chains and are stored as glycogen in the liver. This energy source is for immediate use. There is limited storage space in the liver so; once capacity is reached the liver then begins to turn excess energy into fat to be stored on the body. There is no limit to how much fat can be stored on the body. The catch is that you cannot access the energy stored as fat until you have first depleted the liver of sugars. So, if you continue with high eating frequencies you are keeping your body in a constant fed state your body will continue to get energy from incoming food sources never depleting the liver of sugar and never allowing your body to access the stored fat on your body thereby leading to weight gain.
We are either storing food energy or burning it.
Being fed all of the time is an unnatural state of being. Humans were built to endure fasting periods. We fast when we sleep and we fast between meals. The discussion is not about whether you should fast or not because you already fast every night when you sleep however, where the Snake Diet challenges mainstream dogma is meal frequency. The Snake Diet turns what you thought about eating on its head by flipping the fasting and feeding equation. Instead of high meal frequencies the Snake Diet promotes extended periods of fasting followed with small windows of feeding.
When you eat is as important if not more important than what you eat. If you do not allow you body to fast you will not access your fat stores, you will continue to gain weight at the very least but more than likely you will end up with any number of health related issues.
Beyond the initial protocols the Snake Diet does not recommend a standard duration of fasting for weight loss because the amount of stored fat varies from person to person but regardless of time spent fasting consumption of Snake Juice is necessary.
What is Snake Juice?
Snake Juice is an electrolyte replenishing drink that is natural, cheap and can be made at home:
Snake Juice Recipe:
Potassium chloride =1 tsp (No Salt)
Sodium chloride = 1/2 tsp (Himalayan Pink Salt)
Sodium Bicarbonate = 1 tsp (Baking Soda)
Magnesium Sulphate = 1/2 tsp (Food Grade Epsom Salts)
Snake Diet Before and After from Cole’s IG
Why I Chose The Snake Diet
As stated earlier, I have little patience. Of course, what was most appealing to me about the snake diet was the sheer speed at which people were dropping weight. By the way, I can hear you naysayers gasping the words, “but that’s not healthy!” We’ll debate that another time, fatty. But as for me, I want results yesterday.
The flip side is, I’d never gone more than a day without eating. How the heck can I go multiple days without eating?
I started, after one failed attempt at a 48 hour fast, on July 26th, or the 25th if my last meal is considered my starting point. The results below were after one 48 hour fast and two 72 hour fasts. I lost 17 pounds and I feel great. In fact, I haven’t felt this energized and clear-headed in years. Partially, in my opinion, due to autophagy accelerated by the fast. I’ll get into autophagy in a later post.
Bottom line is, I lost weight faster than I could have imagined, and I feel great:
Weeks 1 & 2 (follow up images will be posted next Sunday 8/11/19)
Thanks for stopping by. If you have any questions, leave them in the comment section below. Stay tuned for
My Weight Loss Journey – Snake Diet Fasting PART II