The Carnivore’s Conundrum: Week one

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I am a carnivore. I have canine teeth and eyes on the front of my head. But I’m also a big carnivore.  One that has struggled to lose weight in the past for one simple reason: I eat like crap.

I’ve decided to change. This year I plan to transition from big, fat bear, to lean, strong jaguar. This column is going to let you watch as I struggle to change my ways and take care of my body.

I will be alternating food-challenge weeks and exercise-challenge weeks. With some luck, my journey will catch a few eyes. As far as what the challenges will be, I don’t want to give too much away. You can look forward to Vegan Week when all I will want to do is kill an animal. We’ll see how it goes.

There are a few ground rules that I’ve set or I won’t accomplish a damn thing. Here they are:

1. Alcohol only once a week

This is going to be a major challenge, but the calories from drinking paired with the drunk-munchies lead to one major beer gut.

2.Eight glasses a day

We hear it constantly, but who actually drinks eight glasses of water a day? Don’t drink your calories, drink water.

3.Six days on, one day off

I’ll explode if I don’t take a break. So Sundays will be my saving grace, though I fully intend to maintain healthy eating on Sundays, I plan to allow myself a treat.

4. 2,500 calories a day

This is the recommended calorie intake for someone my size, so I plan to stay under this amount. This means a strict diet plan and week-in-advance planning.

5. Openness

I want to be able to take input from readers, friends, family, etc. If you have ideas, feel free to comment. Send me recipes or facts or anything you think I should know. I’m in the dark here, so shine your healthy flashlights my way.

That’s all I’ve got so far, as you read this I’m already knee deep in (spoiler alert) Detox Diet week. Stay tuned! Same fat place, same fat channel.

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