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Role Modelin': Livin' La Vida Local

Written: 08/16/2007

Following the interview of Productivity and Fitness Junkie Mark McManus, one thing that retained my attention was the emphasis of focusing on role models and implementing their dieting styles to lose/gain weight.

Acquire the Mindset of those who already have what you want i.e. Become what you want


Intrigued by this mindset, I scoured the net to find role models for you to emulate.

Here is a guideline I used for finding a role model. You may develop your own. Note that the third person "He" has been used but you can choose a female for a role model. ;) Just did not want to make any discrimination.

Guidelines for selecting a role model:

  • He has proof that he knows what he is actually talking about. There is no need for expert knowledge on nutrition. But knowing what actually has worked him and demonstrated how this has worked for him is a must.

  • He has before and after pictures of himself showing how much weight he has lost.

  • He has detailed the exact steps he has undertaken to lose/gain weight.

  • He just plainly inspires us to follow in his footsteps and to try the diets and fitness he has undertaken.


Livin' La Vida Low Carb

The first role model that seems just the real thing to me was Jimmy Moore from Livin' La Vida Low Carb. Livin' La Vida Low-Carb is the inspiring weight loss success story of Jimmy Moore who made it his New Year's resolution on January 1, 2004 to lose weight once and for all. While others quit after only a few days or weeks, Jimmy pressed on until the next New Year's Day when he had shed 180 pounds from his 6'3" frame. Jimmy seems like the perfect role model for someone who is embarking on a weight loss program. He was kind enough to give me permission to use his pictures on Diet Hack. Just check out his before and after pictures:

Before:


After:


Jimmy Moore's Dieting Program:

From his faq, Jimmy's reveals the secret behind his weight loss.

I'm that Jimmy Moore character and I am overjoyed about low-carb because it changed my life forever beginning on January 1, 2004. That's the day I started the Atkins diet (yes, I read the book and survived!) at 410 pounds and I went on to lose 180 pounds in the span of one year. It was an amazing experience I detailed in my first book Livin' La Vida Low-Carb: My Journey From Flabby Fat To Sensationally Skinny In One Year and I'm absolutely convinced the low-carb lifestyle is the way I should eat for the rest of my long and healthy life! It may be what's right for YOU, too!
Jimmy's Expertise:

Jimmy is a firm advocate of low carb diet and more importantly Atkins diet which I considered as a fad diet. The reason he gives for the low carb diet is the following:

Contrary to what you may have heard from well-meaning health "experts," there is no such thing as an essential carbohydrate in your diet. There just isn't! The body no more "needs" carbs than it does poison. The reality is the body can make all the carbs it needs to live on through an amazing process known as gluconeogenesis just as our early ancestors did. And they didn't have the weight and health issues of modern society. With that said, the average person eats way too many carbs and most would benefit if they lowered their carbohydrate intake to less than 100g daily and much less for weight loss.
As a medical student I do not totally abide by this theory of Jimmy on Low Carb Diet. The carbohydrates we intake is converted to glucose first in our body. It is this glucose which is broken down, thereby releasing the energy we need.

A constant source of glucose in our blood is needed for the following reasons:

  • Glucose is the only source of energy for the brain and for certain types of cell such as red blood cells. (The cells which carry oxygen throughout our body.)

  • Sudden contraction and relaxation of our muscles demand energy which is obtained from the breakdown of glucose.

We store excess glucose in the form of glycogen obtained when we eat excess carbs.

What Jimmy is referring as gluconeogenesis to obtain carbs is in fact the body converting fat and glycogen stored in our liver and muscles to glucose. This glucose is then broken down to liberate energy in our body. So without carbs, the body would not have any materials to manufacture this energy.

Anyway this diet has worked for Jimmy and maybe it will work for some of you but I recommend losing weight the healthy way. Sorry Jimmy! ;)

Jimmy's real weight loss secret

Though Atkins Diet has certainly managed to strip off most of Jimmy's weight, I believe that the following reasons have had their share in making Jimmy lose weight. The following information is obtained from an article from Jimmy's graduate school alma mater, Regent University.

  • Jimmy drinks lot of water.

  • Jimmy exercises a lot.

  • Spirituality has helped Jimmy in his quest to lose weight.

  • And more important (from my point of view), Jimmy has had the full support of his wife, Christine.

Jimmy has inspired a lot by his story. He is a changed man now and firmly believes that anyone can turn his or her life around if he or she makes the choice. For more inspiration and to use Jimmy Moore as a role model, you can visit his blog Livin' La Vida Low Carb or purchase his book Livin' La Vida Low-Carb: My Journey From Flabby Fat To Sensationally Skinny In One Year which contains the 10 life-changing characteristics that Jimmy implemented to transform his body from a 410-pound man into the healthy and vibrant individual he is today.


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