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At the request of a reader, here are a couple of current pictures of me (unfortunately taken just this morning after a night of sharing a bottle of wine with my wife, while enjoying a large home-made meatza).
While enjoying a cup of Espresso in the sun with my lovely wife, I thought it was a good opportunity to snap a few photos for the blog update. So off went the shirt (in 58-degree sunny Northern California weather). Good opportunity for a much-needed tan, and some vitamin D:
Impromptu exercise (or compensatory energy expenditure as a result of last night’s feast):
I admit, red wine is my weakness, and I usually have a glass now and then, but ya just can’t let a delicious meatza go down without the company of a bottle of Cabernet Sauvignon from a good vintage. Anyway, in these photos the bibulous drinking shows in the water retention. But this was my choice, and I’ll have to deal with it. And what better way to deal with it than to reveal on the internet my water-log consequences. (I know, there are worse things in life. Like being water-logged from eating grains and processed junk.)
In any case, 5-position skin-fold caliper assessments consistently show that my body fat settles between 5% to 8%, simply because of a grain-free, real-food diet (I used to be over-fat at 25% for years when I ate “healthy” grains and grain-based foods, and with more exercise than today).
My current exercise routine is: one day of resistance training, and one day of body-weight training per week. I do a lot of walking with my wife and dog, an activity I enjoy far more than any formal exercise. There have been times when I do more formal exercise (long ago), but more often there are periods when I do absolutely NO formal exercise for weeks on end. In either case, my body fat never ventured from its current average — I believe the absolute amount of body fat doesn’t change much, but the slight fluctuation in percentages might be a mathematical reflection of the increased or decreased muscle mass from my exercise habit. I believe that formal exercise has nothing to do with my body-fat level, but that my body fat is a direct result of my dietary lifestyle.
I will take more photos in several weeks for more updates… hopefully not after drinking wine! But in departing remarks: since eating a grain-free, real-food diet, this is pretty much the way my body naturally looks for the past few years. The most important effect, however, is that I always feel good, I’m never hungry, and my energy level remains consistently high. These factors in themselves make it more than worthwhile to eliminate grains from the diet.