Weight Loss

I lost 144.6 pounds in 8 months and seven days (July 2, 2009 - March 9, 2010) as part of the preparation for my Governor's run.  I get lots of emails asking about my weight loss, so I decided to put all the information here for anyone who is interested.  Before I tell you how I did it, let me say that we are running for Governor and Lt. Governor of Iowa and the only reason you should vote for us is because you would like to see the Iowa government get smaller.

Now, I am going to tell you what I did to lose the weight.  I am not advocating that you do this yourself because I think most nutritionists will tell you that what I did was totally crazy, but as a libertarian, I think you should have the information so that you may use the knowledge however you see fit.

The short answer for how I lost the weight is:  I ate less than 1000 calories a day every day, I ate less than 20g of carbohydrates every day, and I walked four miles every day.

The long answer follows:

I am going to tell you what I ate during my diet.  You should absolutely not try this without the supplements I'm recommending or you are going to be one sad (and sick) Panda, and you probably shouldn't try it anyway because it is not a particularly healthful way to lose weight, but here is what I did:

The rule I followed for eating was less than 1000 calories a day and less than 20g of carbohydrates.  Essentially I was starving my body of carbohydrates and forcing it to use fat as fuel.  Here are the foods I ate during my diet, roughly from most consumed to least consumed:

1.  Pork rinds (my absolute favorites come from Jita Snacks (important point: I am not in any way compensated by Jita Snacks, I just think they make the best pork rinds).  In particular, I love the BBQ, Sweet and Hot, and Fire Hot flavors.  Pork rinds are the only crunchy food that has no carbohydrates, and I would have gone crazy trying to eat low carb without them.  I consumed about 40% of all my calories during my diet from pork rinds).

2.  Weight Watchers String Cheese (most days I would eat 3.5 ounces of pork rinds and 6 sticks of Weight Watchers String Cheese.  Make sure you don't get the kind of string cheese made from whole milk.  Weight Watchers string cheese is made from skim milk and is very low cal).

3.  Grilled Chicken (do not get fried chicken (which has breading and therefore, carbs).  Make certain you only eat grilled chicken).

4.  Cottage cheese (better to get low fat and this does have a few carbs so you must eat it in moderation).

5.  Extra Lean Turkey Breast

6.  Whey protein shakes

Iced tea, tap water, and sparkling water are what I would recommend.  Be careful about diet sodas.  Every time I started drinking a lot of diet soda, my weight loss plateaued, so I eventually just stayed away.

I used the following nutritional supplements while I was dieting.  You will have major vitamin deficiencies if you try to do this diet without the supplements, so they are very, very important:

Centrum Perform Vitamin Pill (every day)
1200mg of Calcium (Two 600 mg pills every day)
Ferrous sulfate tablet (every other day)
Fish oil (3000 mg in the morning)
Flaxseed oil (2000 mg each evening)
Red Yeast Rice (1200 mg every day)
Green Tea Extract (1200 mg every day)

Weight loss supplements:
CLA (2000 mg in the morning, 2000 mg in the evening.  Encourages fat loss and muscle building)
Caffeine pills (Two 200 mg pills, three times a day.  Suppresses appetite)

I walked in and back to work on weekdays (2 miles each way), and then made sure to walk 4 miles a day on the weekends as well.

That's it!  Using the foods above, I stayed under 1000 calories, under 20g of carbs, and walked 4 miles each day for 8 months and 7 days.  I was definitely hungry and, in addition to the appetite suppressing supplements listed above, I would smoke cigars every time I got hungry until I would feel nauseous, at which point my hunger would go away.  It is not easy to lose weight this way.  It requires a great deal of discipline to stick to the program, but it is very effective if you can do it.  Good luck, and please e-mail me (eric@coopersmallergovernment.com) if you have any questions!