Fathed’s Guide to a smaller Fathed.

For those of you who haven’t seen the physical form of the Fathed, he’s a bit smaller than you may have previously seen. I have since put some of the weight back on. Some intentionally, some unintentionally. At my lowest I was down to 183 pounds. I felt I was getting too skinny, without getting lean. If that makes any sense. (Then there was the holidays.) I had a bunch of people ask me what I did, so I figure I’d do a brief write-up.

The diet it plan I followed was what was called “Carb Nite” by a guy named Kiefer. Essentially you eat a keto diet for 6 and 1/2 days of the week, then eat a bunch of carbs on one night of the week. The idea is that the carbs keep certain hormone such as leptin and stuff in check, while keeping insulin down for most of the week. It’s probably somewhat pseudoscience, but it is roughly the basic framework that bodybuilders have been cutting with forever.

As for specifics, I don’t know what to say. I ate fat, and a lot of it over the week. My meals included basically meat, green veggies, and some more added fat. I added melted butter to my green veggies. I cooked my eggs in bacon fat. I even drank heavy cream straight from the container because I’m a lazy prick like that.

I logged everything I ate because I’m a nerd like that. I wanted all data points to detect any possible patterns and problems that may pop up. It also makes me feel like a scientist experimenting on himself. I never cared about specific daily calories, just a weekly total. I aimed for about 15000 calories in any given week. Once you body gets used to the keto thing, your hunger seems to drop. There were days that I only logged 1000 calories and genuinely didn’t feel hungry. The fun parts were the Saturday nights. I literally ate whatever I wanted. One week I had a 4000 calorie window for my carb nite, so I ate a whole pepperoni pizza and an entire box of donuts….lol

The results, well….

weight

I quit logging weight because I was getting lazy in the end and not logging daily. Hence the sporadicness towards the end.

Start: 208
Finish:183

Total loss: 25 lbs

Fat loss (according to cheap calipers that came free as a gift for ordering more than $100 from bodybuilding.com): 14 lbs

Added bonus, both my resting pulse rate and blood pressure reduced slightly. Not bad for a person who normally abuses the shit out of his body.

I didn’t take pictures because I don’t take or like pictures. So don’t ask.

Now that it’s several months from that experiment, I’m about to start again. This time with no carb nites, just straight up keto. I signed up for the 100 day keto challenge on Reddit. For me it’s not that bad because I love meat and bacon more that cookies and candy.

My one regret is no resistance training. I would love to know if I could have spared more lean mass if I included weight lifting. THe problem is that Fond du Lac gyms all suck. I hate people. And the one gym I liked closed. Probably for the reason I liked it. I could go in and there would be no one watching or bothering me. But for now I’ll just stick to casually wandering around for an hour or so, late at night, like a creepy asshole, as my sole exercise.

But I guess this time I do get to see if removing or including the carb nite has any effect on my own body specifically in terms of sparing lean mass. Bear in mind that although roughly 40% of the weight loss previously was lean mass, at least 5-7 lbs of that were most likely water.

 

 

Transgenderism and what it means to be a man.

I recently had this video shared to me on Twitter.

My first thought was “Ok, I have a rather awkward erection to take care of”. I am perfectly aware that she has no tits and a package dangling between her legs. But she looks good. And she really has the female thing down. Watch her eye and facial movements. Listen to the inflection in her voice. I don’t know if they can train that, or if it just comes naturally with hormone replacement therapy. But it works. It is very feminine.

But seriously, it is an interesting video. As someone who has been balls deep in gender politics recently, it is good to listen to people who have been on both sides of the gender spectrum. It is a rather unique perspective.

I myself have spent a lot of time avoiding the topic of transgenderism. It’s a hard topic to delve into. I completely agree that transgenderism is real. It is a consequence of believing that parts of gender are biological. Whether it is hardwiring in the brain, or prenatal hormone levels in the fetus, somethings just are biological. So it would only make sense that in rare cases “things could get switched up”.

But gender dysphoria is probably also very real. There are probably people who genuinely feel like they are labeled the wrong gender at birth, but maybe aren’t necessarily transgender. It is a spectrum and where you draw the line between the two is probably impossible to say. But judging from the extremely high suicide rate for post reassignment surgery, it is something that needs to be looked at much better by the medical establishment. But I’m also sure the radical retard left with the loudest voices probably makes this almost impossible as well.

The point of all this is to say that I have dived as deep into the world of transgenderism as a lone individual can do over like one week. Which is to say basically not at all. There were a lot of interesting things that I learned. Like for instance, among the older transgender folks, surprisingly a rather large chunk of them are actually rather conservative people. Because I spend so much time reading idiot Tumblrites, I just assumed that most were whiny leftists. But it turns out, there are a rather large population of people like Caitlyn Jenner.

But I think the most interesting conversation was this interview with a trans-man. That is he was born a female and transitioned into a man.

Since this video is over an hour long, and the audio quality is rather terrible on Zander’s end, I expect exactly zero people will watch it. But there are two things that really caught my attention. One, when he speaks at conferences and stuff, the number one question asked is “How does it feel to have male privilege now?”. These asshats really ask this shit.

But the more interesting thing he talks about is how alone he suddenly feels in the world. He openly says that when he was still a woman, he was a very butch looking lesbian. But when he would smile at strangers they would smile back. People were always asking him how he was doing. How he felt. Shit like that. But as a man when he smiles at strangers, they cross the street or avert eye contact. Almost no one ever asks how he’s doing or how he’s feeling.

This kind of gets to what does it mean to be a man. I think that one sentiment gets to the heart of it. There is always going to be a debate about how much gender identity is nature versus nurture. Certainly the truth is that it is a complicated mix of them both. But I think the idea of “being a man is to be alone” sums up masculinity. I say this because all traits that we tend to define as masculine can necessarily follow from that sentiment.

“Men” are forced to be stoic because no one really cares about your feelings. “Men” are forced to be self reliant because no one wants to help men. The fact that 90+% of the homeless in this country can attest to this. The list could go on but I think my point gets across.

I’m sure everyone probably thinks I’m an idiot. I probably am. But it is something think about.

Transgender bonus round. I’ve always been curious as to why in the darker parts of the internet, like chan boards, people were always obsessed with fapping to “traps” and “trannies”. For the longest time I’ve always assumed it was just chan board “edgelord” shit. But a thought occurred to me. There are literally almost no “butch” transgender women. Even the women were started out life as men, but still have sex with women after their transition (that is to say they’re lesbians) are very feminine. Maybe in a world where more and more women are getting very short almost boyish haircuts, where you’re told you’re an asshole for not being attracted to women who weigh more than you, where the women around you are constantly being proud of farting and belching in public, some men are desperate for women who are very overtly feminine. I don’t know and have no way to even think about how to study this though, but it is interesting to think about.