The Fatkins Diet

imagesI am way too skinny and have decided to gain some weight for the summer. I am creating a new diet called The Fatkins Diet which i believe will give me some extra poundage. Hannah, my 6 year old daughter is going to join me.
Firstly, i am giving up tea and coffee, or at least limiting it to once or twice a day rather than all day long whenever i feel like it. This should help return my appetite for food, which is suppressed by the caffeine. It should also reduce my metabolism to a reasonable speed.
Secondly, I am replacing tea with Milo and Ovaltine made with milk.
Thirdly, I started taking a supplement called Floradix, “a liquid iron formula containing herbal extract and fruit concentrates”, which apparently increases appetite.
Weight lifting? Wish i could but its too expensive to join a gym around here. I will try without it for now. Lets see if i can gain some weight on my Fatkins Diet.

mayatlasWhy am I so skinny? This information may be important to some. I really don’t know why i don’t gain weight, but if i had to guess, i would say these are the primary factors:
– My parents were both skinny.
– I have a fast metabolism
– I walk a whole lot. Always have. I walk when i pray and walk when i think. Miles of walking.
– Tea. I drink it all day long. It has been suppressing my appetite and i just don’t feel like eating.
– Psychologically, i don’t have any hang-ups with food. I don’t have any no-nos, I don’t have to sneak food when no one is looking. I can eat anything i want whenever i want. Because of this, i never have secret longings for food that i am not allowed, and therefore do not crave food in the same way that people on strict diets crave the food they are not allowed.
– I obey my hunger. My body knows what it wants and i give it freely. I enjoy full fat milk, and i refuse to buy anything with the word “diet” on it. Because of this, i constantly feel satisfied. My body has everything it needs. This also means that i do not get very hungry or crave things my body is not getting.
Hot_Chicks_Dont_Dig_web– I work hard all the time and am always working on projects. I don’t sit around. I don’t have periods of boredom that drive me to snack on junk food. At the computer, time flies and i don’t even think about eating.
– I avoid junk food, on the most part. Nothing wrong with it, but i just don’t seem to be in the habit of sitting on the couch with a packet of chips.
– i often don’t eat. I usually skip breakfast. I don’t believe that we all are automatically entitled to three large meals a day. When traveling i may only get one decent meal a day. I eat when i am hungry, rather than automatically load up just because of the time of day. If it is lunchtime and i am not hungry, i will just skip it and wait for dinner.
– Because of what God has done in my life, i am at peace with myself.

Andrew

Andrew Jones has been blogging since 1997. He is based in San Francisco with his two daughters but also travels the globe to find compelling stories of early stage entrepreneurs changing their world. Sometimes he talks in the third person. Sometimes he even talks to himself and has been heard uttering the name "Precious" :-)

16 Comments

  • give it up for lent, andrew. this weight-gain stuff is a crock … never yet worked for me, and i’ve been trying trying trying on something similar to your plan for years to break thru 155 lbs. (sorry, no quick-kilo-converter handy). semitalllankybraddick

  • i always hated people like you! 🙂
    i think you need to register the ‘fatkins’ trademark – you could make a mint!
    tallchubbyamerican

  • It sounds like you could use a healthy diet and exercise program such as “Body for Life” it’s worked for me. You may not like ‘exercise programs’ but this may be worth a try. (I’m not their sponsor, it’s just worked for my wife and I). Eat six small meals a day, workout 6 times a week, 3 times aerobic (which you already do with walking) and 3 times do weights at home. You can buy a couple of 10lb and 20lb dumbells and switch between upper and lower body.

  • One question you didn’t answer was your original premise – why you need to “gain some weight for the summer.” Thin is alright.

  • har – Fatkins
    hey, did you see that the Wall Street Journal wrote a little some’in some’in about emerging churches (with a dash of house churches)?

  • why gain weight for the summer? (Will’s comment)
    Yes, thin is alright, but sometimes i get thin to the point of looking sick or malnourished, and when i go to countries where very thin people are rare (America), then they may assume i have an eating disorder or something.
    Gaining some pounds would be good for me, but you are right -thin is alright.

  • kiwi mission diet

    tallskinnykiwi is on a fatkins diet. downunder, this Sunday, as part of a 3 week mission focus, I am suggesting a kiwi~mission~diet. I rang the local budgetting agency and they reckon it costs $60 per person per week to eat….

  • kiwi mission diet

    tallskinnykiwi is on a fatkins diet. downunder, this Sunday, as part of a 3 week mission focus, I am suggesting a kiwi~mission~diet. I rang the local budgetting agency and they reckon it costs $60 per person per week to eat….

  • I’m 5’8″ (169cm) I used to weigh 54kg and now (when I’m training) I weigh 72-74kg – I too was a real skinny guy.
    DavidT’s advice on exercise and diet is bang on.
    The secret to weight gain for us “slight build” characters is calories. To gain weight normally you need to exceed your caloric intake by about 25% so a full grown male normally takes in 2000 calories per day to be healthy – he pumps it up to 2500 to “bulk up”
    A super skinny guy might take in 2400 and still not gain weight – trust me – increase it by another 25%
    The only real way to do this is to measure your food – don’t guess – read that stuff on the outside of the packets. Eat 6 times a day with about 400 – 500 calories per sitting
    Steak is good. Dairy is good. You need protein to gain muscle mass and (sorry to the animal-rights vegetarians) meat based protein is best.
    I’d suggest you buy cans of Salmon or Tuna and eat those for two of your meals each day – the 210 gram cans – not the little 135gram ones. They are relatively inexpensive and quite effective
    You also need to mix up your fat and carbos – this is what slows your metabolism – the exact opposite of what most diets try to do, right? When you diet to lose weight the put you on to lean carbos and drop your fat intake cos then your metabolism picks up – only processing one energy source – you need to lots of energy sources to really wreak havoc on your metabolism and slow it down
    Don’t go crazy on the fat but don’t be too worried about it – your attitude to fat sound pretty good as is.
    Potatoes are good – boiled in skins. Taro is even better (if you like it – a lot of kiwis don’t)
    God Bless tallskinnyguy – I know where you’re at – people are only “envious” of us skinny types cos they don’t walk in our shoes… ;o)

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  • I learned this trick from dieters. Try to LOSE weight first. Every kilo you cut, you gain back 1.25 as soon you go off the diet. For some reason the body seems to over compensate.
    As soon as you go off the diet, eat normally until you are full. Snack between meals on licorice, red twizlers, and gummi anything.

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