Tuesday, August 30, 2016

The Good the Bad and the Ugly of Foods and Long-Term Weight Loss

  • The Good: Any food can serve a purpose
  • The Bad: Believing that certain foods make us fat
  • The Ugly: Depriving yourself of the foods you crave to lose weight

I think it's time to quit labeling foods "bad" and "good". The truth is you could eat anything and still lose weight. It's "good" to truly enjoy the foods you love, and it's tough to fully enjoy what you believe to be "bad".

I used to have a very abusive relationship with food. I'd love it, hate it and then hate myself. Then I lost a bunch of weight eating anything I wanted one day every week.
Now, I'm of the opinion that all foods, even those high in calories and low on nutrients can serve a purpose. For example; the purpose of a donut is to taste mighty damn delicious.

The key is to be in control of what you're eating and your cravings.

So if you want a donut, have a donut, BUT have it on your terms. You want to make it clear to yourself that it's your choice not cravings or peer pressure.

Personally it was the "surprise" attacks that got me; like donuts at work. When I'd I give up "bad foods" in past diets and came across free and tasty goodies. I'd have an internal freak-out crisis. It was so hard to say no when I missed them dearly. Like the Mark Twain quote,
  "There's something about the forbidden that makes it completely desirable".

It's so true!

All food has a purpose, even if that purpose is simply pleasure.

Now when I bump into free and yummy donuts I have the power to say, "yep that looks awesome, so I will have one just like it on Saturday". I control what, I control when and nothing is off-limits.

I'm not trying to argue that all foods are equal. I'm just saying that you don't have to abolish any food or food group in order to lose weight.

Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Your scale is only a tool

Cindy's Spiking Success Story

Spiking has released me from food bondage.

I was obese most of my adult life and I was weighing an all time high of 277 pounds and had a BMI of 43.1.

Then I discovered Spiking. Not only could I have a day to eat food I enjoyed but it broke my plateaus and kept the scale moving. I no longer live in food-bondage. I'm free to eat the foods I enjoy and lose weight. It's a win, win situation. So exactly one year later I am 112 pounds lighter. I've gone from squeezing into a size 24 to fitting easily into a size 10. I've got 10 to 15 more to go until I reach my goal and with spiking I'm going to get there. 

"Spiking has released me from food bondage. I no longer have to starve myself and get nowhere"

- Cindy lost 112lbs 

Monday, August 22, 2016

12 Years of Spiking and my body still can’t figure me out!

12 Years of Spiking and my body has yet to adapt to my tricks
Most experts will agree that Metabolic Adaptation is a real phenomenon but they are struggling to find a solution. Some will even say you just have to keep adjusting calories down and exercise more. which is quite possibly the worst advice you could give.
Yes, I do believe that I have the answer and of course I’ll share it. The good news is you don’t need to buy anything or take worthless pills. I truly enjoy helping those who struggle like I did, take back control and win the war against obesity.
I didn’t discover this. I believe God gifted me with the answer and I want to share this gift.
Sure, I may sound crazy but growing up overweight and constantly struggling with diets and a “happy” life, believe me I’ve had many moments of “crazy”. This however is just crazy cool.

13 years ago I was miserable. I actually gave up trying for a while believing I was destined to be overweight. I thought I had to choose between losing weight or having the food I love. It may sound weak but I couldn’t make that choice. Ironically I specifically remember as a child asking God to allow me to eat whatever I wanted on my birthday without gaining fat. I was desperate even as a child but already on the right path.

Then I hit 330lbs I realized I needed to do something or I would soon be over 400lbs and growing. So I did what we all do, I dieted once again. Counting and logging calories worked for about 2 months but then the weight-loss came to an abrupt STOP.

I begged God for help. I prayed for guidance and wisdom and I wouldn’t give up. For four long weeks I just kept swimming. But I was swimming upstream and the current (my food cravings) was gradually getting stronger. Not wanting to quit and not knowing what to do, I was approaching a mental breakdown. Mercifully it was in my most desperate moment I got the answer, “Give in”, not give up but just “give in”. At the time it was simply an invitation to take a guilt-free day off and eat whatever I was craving to clear my mind and then get back on track. So I did just that and no guilt because told me to do it.

I followed my 4 weeks of low-calorie days with a high 6-7K calorie day of donuts, ice, cream, pizza and whatever else I was in the mood for. It worked, next day no cravings! I also felt refreshed, more energy and of course a bit bloated but I didn’t care. Then at the end of the week the miracle truly shined through, when I got on the scale I lost 3lbs. I was shocked! I didn’t understand how it was possible! To not lose a single pound in 4 weeks of low-carb/low-cal eating and then have an extremely high calorie day and yet lose 3lbs! It didn’t make sense. After re-weighing myself several times I decided with excitement that I’d have another high calorie day that weekend to see what would happen. Well, just like the first time it was...indulgent! And that week I lost another 2 pounds. That was the beginning of the end in my struggle with obesity. In case you’re wondering in the 11 years since I lost 100lbs I workout an average of once a month lifting weights, Spike the entire weekends and not only have I kept the weight off, I've lost another 30lbs. No drugs and I get to eat anything I want every week. Is this NOT a miracle?

If you met me today you’d have no idea that most of my life was spent dieting and overweight. The truth is the hard work and sacrifice before Spiking damaged my metabolism. The same food that first put on the weight brought my metabolism back! Like the “ The Obstacle is the Way” this food truly is the way to lose weight for good.

The best way to lose weight and keep it off is to focus on Metabolism. My plan was 6 days of caloric deficits and 1 day of a caloric surplus. Do this and you’ll be amazed.

The one day surplus breaks the gradual metabolic decline from dieting and the mental break is just as an important. Not only that but it puts YOU in control. You are choosing to eat what you want, this is not bingeing because by definition a binge means you're “out of control”.

Think of the power Spiking gives you. For example, on a Wednesday you see a box of free and delicious donuts in your office and you want one! NO you don’t want one! You’re struggling with the back and forth like if you had an angel and a devil on your shoulders saying “just take one, it’s ok” or “don’t you’ve worked so hard” ! Honestly not sure who says each one, but you know the feeling and how mentally draining it is. When Spiking you simply say “looks good, I’ll have to get myself a couple of those in two more days when I Spike”. You are always in control.

Spiking can change your life like it has mine. We have one life to live and we need to live it to the fullest. For me that’s feeling good about myself and enjoying the awesome blessings on earth and to me a donut is a sweet blessing.

6 days caloric deficit, around your RMR number and one day a week double that number to insure a caloric surplus. If you want to make it even more effective limit carbs those 6 days and put a bit more emphasis on higher carbs when you Spike. It has a greater effect on Leptin and it’s a nice tool for maximizing Glycogen.


More on Leptin http://spikediet.blogspot.com/2012/01/solution-to-fat-trap-leptin-and-how-we.html

Tuesday, February 16, 2016

Branjord's Brain Boost Bars

Branjord's Brain Boost Bars

  • 1 Cup of Coconut Oil
  • 10oz bag of 60% Caco Chocolate Chips
  • 16oz jar of Natural Creamy Peanut Butter
  • 2oz bag of Chopped Walnuts
  • 2 Scoops of Vanilla Protein Powder
  • 1 TBSP of Liquid Stevia
Nutrition Info per bar:
  • 222 Calories 
  • 19 Grams of Fat
  • 13 Grams of Saturated Fat
  • 9 Grams of Carbohydrates
  • 2 Grams of Fiber
  • 6 Grams of Protein
  • Warm Coconut Oil and Chocolate Chips in a sauce pan over low-medium heat. Stir into a smooth liquid. 
  • While chocolate is warming combine Peanut Butter and Protein Powder in a mixing bowl with a spoon. Combine slowly and press down as the powder is mixed into the oil. 
  • Stir chocolate until it's smooth and add in the Stevia and Walnuts, remove from heat. 
  • Pour chocolate into the mixing bowl with peanut butter mixture. I stir it only a few times. It doesn't need to be completely mixed together.
  • Pour all into a large rectangle baking pan with wax paper on the bottom. 
  • Using a spoon I press down and spread to cover the entire pan. 
  • Place the pan in the refrigerator for 30-60 minutes or until chocolate hardness. 
  • I cut mine into 30 bars/servings
  • Store in the refrigerator.

Nutrition Info Per Batch:
  • 6670 Calories 
  • 581 Grams of Fat
  • 378 Grams of Saturated Fat
  • 278 Grams of Carbohydrates
  • 51 Grams of Fiber
  • 174 Grams of Protein
Delicious and convenient brain fuel!
MCT Oil which is the saturated fat in coconut oil is premium brain fuel while the nutrients in chocolate, walnuts and peanut butter also have been shown to improve brain health. These bars were my go to fuel source while I was studying for my exams. 


Wednesday, January 13, 2016

Mind over Diet

It's been a long time since my last post, I apologize. Thankfully I am still alive and no I did not go into hiding because I'm back over 300lbs. Quite the contrary, I'm actually now under 200lbs for the first time in my adult life. So why have I been absent? The truth is I needed time, a lot of it,  to regain courage after my 2nd book Spike Life fell through a few months before it's release. Yes I still "Spike" and I will for the rest of my life.
I am now the leanest I've ever been and I've done it by continuing to Spike! Except instead of one Spike Day I gorge over the entire weekend. Spiking has completely changed my life. I know now that I will never struggle with obesity again. In fact,  I feel that my metabolism is higher than it's ever been which is extraordinary, since I will be 40 years-old this year. So much for metabolism slowing with age.

Mind over Diet
Why is losing wight so difficult and even more important,, why is maintaining weight loss nearly impossible?

The answer to both of these questions is Mindset.
Jesus says that with faith the size of a mustard seed you can command a mountain to fall into the sea. So surely faith can also be the catalyst to you losing weight once and forever. The main problem with dieting is we put our faith in the diet itself, in the program and not in power God has given us.

 "Joe Bob lost 50lbs doing the "You're Crazy Diet" so surely I can too! Diet plans and programs are a dime a dozen, they must be in the tens of thousands. It seems like I hear about the new "weight loss miracle" every other day. Let me tell you,  ff diets were the answer, surely by now we would have found the "Holy Grail" and obesity would be a demon of our past and not the present danger it is, destroying our lives and the lives of the people around us.  All weight loss diets are fads if they don't change your "default lifestyle". The fads recycle every few years as the "hot new weight loss plan" and they tempt us with promises of a new life.  For a while we get excited. We have hope.  We say "yes, I can do this!" Our excitement and hope inevitably turns to frustration and embarrassment as we yet again "fall of the wagon" and regain all or more of weight loss that took weeks or months of sacrifice and hard work. It's truly heart breaking and like you, I've been there more times than I can remember.

.....To be continued

Monday, August 11, 2014

Spike Diet & Spike Life Testimonial of the Week

Testimonial from Corey S. He read the Spike Diet and he has been progressing tremendously over the past few months.
He got a Body Scan done and this is what he sent me.

"On my scan, WOW! the results were including. We are agreed I am only 10 pounds away from my ideal weight, my body fat is at 19% (WOW!!! I NEVER thought I would be able to say that) Also, my measurements are strong, my hydration is great, all good news.
THE BEST NEWS OF ALL is my metabolism is through the roof, WOOHOOOOO!!! SPIKE FOR LIFE my friend. If you were there I would have given you the biggest hug ever! haha (hope that isn't weird)
Thank you sir, thank you very much"