After whatever kind of divine wrath was cast upon my digestive system, people told me I looked a lot skinnier – just in the days since getting sick. i weighed myself at 190 lbs. I weighed about 225 when I moved here. At 225, I was a little pudgy but strong.
Anyway, 225 was the biggest I have ever been. It sometimes felt like I was carrying a child on my back. Running a mile was a pain in the ass. So when I arrived, I decided to lean out a little. The Peruvian diet, while carbohydrate intense, is healthier than the average American diet. It’s also a diet of less food and less calories. Before Peru, I spent a year and a half eating everything I could get my hands on and doing grueling football and bodybuilder workouts to pack on the mass.
When I got here, I switched to calisthenics and the Peruvian diet. And then I joined a basketball team where the coach runs our asses off before we even start to play basketball. Then I got sick and pooped 20 times in less than two days, even after I quit eating. That is how I lost 30 – 35 pounds in three months. I am leaner, but not as strong.
The ordeal reminds me of a concept I’ve read about called “natural weight.” When physically fit, every human has a natural weight that their genes predetermine. By cutting out cardio, hitting heavy weight, and eating so much, I balooned well above my natural weight, which is about 190. It took a year and a half to get up to 225, but returning to a normal diet and doing cardio brought me back to 190 in three months. Three months!
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