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Michael James shared a tip:

One Year On!

Hey all, Happy to say that Monday was my one year on SCD. To say it’s been easy wouldn’t be exactly factual. However, the simplicity of it, once you find your groove, is amazing. ...

3 days ago
Michael James replied to Dave Jolley's question:

Adjusting calories

You really just have to learn how your body responds to certain foods. In theory, you should be able to eat pound after pound of bacon and still be ok. In reality, depending on the quality of th...

4 days ago
Michael James replied to Claire Smith's question:

Mini Cheat OR NOT?

I’ve wondered that as well. I know cheese contains lactose, but it doesn’t show as having many carbs on the label. The only issue with cheese that I can see is it can be binding. ...

4 days ago
Michael James replied to Leigh Penzhorn's question:

Please urgently help...cheat day problems!!

It might just be the shock to the system of having the cheat day after going clean for a little while. Try your next cheat day without the AGG. Cheat day, for me, has been less about boosting ...

21 days ago

I use the cheapest protein powder at walmart. Most people say it's not nearly as effective as the more expensive brands, but it seems to work ok. ...

23 days ago
Michael James replied to Leigh Penzhorn's question:

Struggling with food?

You might also try just drinking 30g of protein in a protein shake when you wake up. I do that, and also cook up some beans and veggies to eat for breakfast once I get to work. You really do wa...

24 days ago
Michael James shared a tip:


Recent victim of Pizza On A Non-Cheat Day…. Don’t think I’ll be stepping on a scale for a few days…

28 days ago
Michael James replied to Amir Bazrafshan's question:

I snapped :(

Mr. Scale is the only one that can answer that. Unfortunately, it’s never a cut and dry response. I spspent 4 days in Vegas eating terribly, and didn’t gain an ounce of fat. Cane ...

60 days ago
Michael James replied to Deano Busker's question:

Competing goals???

To add on to what Tom is saying, I’ve noticed plateauing as well. Some people go right down to lower body fats, but I have only (very briefly) broken through the 20 percent range. I’...

86 days ago
Michael James replied to ankur's question:

Losing weight but not fat

Seems as though, if the scale is going down and your fat % is staying the same, you’re losing fat and other stuff in proportion to each other. If you started at 175 lbs, and had a body fat...

Jun 3rd 2014
Michael James replied to cdsrc's question:

I've been hovering around the same weight

I don’t want to speak to quickly, but I think I might have started to break thru a stall. I was following PAGG for a few weeks, but wasn’t seeing anything with that. I also started t...

Jun 3rd 2014
Michael James replied to mixy's question:

occam's protocol- free weight option - at home

In theory, you could do it all with dumbbells. Would have to get quite a few, tho. One option to consider would be to craft your own Occam’s protocol based on some of the geek to freak ex...

Jun 3rd 2014
Michael James replied to Ambitious's question:

How to continue to lose weight?

if you’re only doing 1-2 cheat meals on your cheat days, you should be good for a while. I’ve gone all out on cheat days since the beginning, and have struggled the last few momths. ...

May 28th 2014
Michael James replied to Trey Stinnett's question:

I want to track my blood where to I start?

Good question. Soon before I started, I had coincidentally had a blood panel done. Standard blood panel (lipids, blood sugar, A1c liver enzyme). These were all awful. I was able to see major ...

May 26th 2014

As far as the shakes, I just do a vanilla-flavored powder in water. Doesn't taste very good, but I'm used to it by now. The only thing I could th...

May 22nd 2014
Michael James replied to Grace Sheng's question:

Just some questions

Sorry to see you’re having trouble. Once I hit a certain point with the diet, I had the same issues. I hear all the time that this diet isn’t normal, and that you need carbs. It...

May 21st 2014
Michael James replied to cdsrc's question:

tablespoon of peanut butter

make sure there’s no added sugar. i’ve had issue with regular store brand stuff. you’ll probably be ok with more than 1 tbsp, and can just keep an eye on the scale throughout t...

May 19th 2014
Michael James replied to Raj Koria's question:

Breakfast Time

I’ve had to force myself to get my 30g protein shake and then go back and snooze. Good balance for me. As far as the other breakfast portion, you just want to be sure you get some legumes...

May 13th 2014
Michael James replied to Sumsum77's question:

Any Suggestions on how to fight my sugar cravings?

I’m a sugar addict as well. I truly binge myself silly on cheat days to help stave off the cravings. Not surprisingly, I’ve started to gain back some weight with this philosophy. I...

May 13th 2014
Michael James replied to John Groom's question:

Raw Peanuts

Peanuts are legumes, but nutrition-wise, are close to nuts in that they are mostly fat with a few carbs, barely any fiber. The “slow carb” legumes in the diet are high in fiber, have...

May 1st 2014
Apr 24th 2014
Michael James replied to HanibalLuis's question:

New Member / Tweaks Suggestions for the Sporting Folk

I’ve only bonked hard once or twice, and that was after essentially doing a triathlon in the gym. You’ll have to add some carbs and see if it leads to weight gain. The section on eat...

Apr 24th 2014
Michael James shared a tip:

Occam's Turkey

Hey all, Hope you had a good Easter. I had some quiet time in the house, and successfully developed the minimalist method to making an awesome turkey. Check it out: http://inshapemike.blogspo...

Apr 23rd 2014
Michael James replied to Douglas Ackerman's question:

What's your Stake?

Right before I started the diet, I used my phone to take pics of me from different angles. I had never seen what I looked like from the back, esp at such a high weight. Everytime I get discoura...

Apr 14th 2014
Michael James replied to Charx's question:

FirstDay occamsProtocol, eat as much as you can?

you can either eat more frequent smaller meals (less convenient) or eat bigger, less frequent meals (more prone to fat gain). his main point is to watch out for fat gain, best measured with your ...

Apr 8th 2014
Michael James replied to Charx's question:

How to add taste to Occams Protocol diet

I’ll normally use mccormick’s steak seasoning and some sriracha. Sriracha has a bit of sugar, so i’ll only use a little. Pepper and worchestershire are also helpful. The salt...

Apr 8th 2014
Michael James replied to Jorge Castillo's question:

Thoughts on two Cheat Days

i experimented with this very subject this week. Figured I wouldn’t be back in New Orleans any time soon, so figured might as well take an evening to indulge. I’m not 100% sure what...

Apr 4th 2014

also, congrats on staying on so long and doing so well.

Apr 4th 2014

If anything, that many beans will help muscle growth, if that's your goal. Unless there's some hidden sugary stuff in your beans, should be Ok.

Mar 21st 2014
Michael James replied to Johannes Hesse's question:

Newbie got a lot of questions.

Welcome… You will have some days of weight gain and weight loss. I try to look at fat mass (weight * body fat %). I use a scale, so it’s not 100% accurate, but I can see trends of ...

Mar 20th 2014
Michael James asked a question:

Occam's Protocol - Good for Burning Fat?

Hey all, Like quite a few people on here, I’ve started to see some fat gain. Admittedly, I’ve not gotten as stringent with Damage Control on cheat days. I haven’t had to up u...

Mar 19th 2014
Michael James replied to inspireme's question:

workout question

It'll be good to balance out the "cheating" with some exercise. You'll know by how you feel and how the scale is moving if you're doing it correctly. I've started adding exercise, and h...

Mar 12th 2014
Michael James replied to Luis Mejia's question:

I am thinking of quitting after doing this for over a year

What's your current exercise routine? The book says to find the balance between diet, supplements and exercise.

Mar 8th 2014
Michael James replied to mrmadskillz1's question:

Gaining weight 2 days after cheat day.

Best way I've found to prevent it is to do air squats and wall pushups every 90 minutes. While he recommends to save them for your biggest meals, I just do them consistently. I'm eating non-stop ...

Mar 4th 2014

I really wish I could eat all 6. The worst is when you get to full and it's only about 3 p.m. Do you wait to shake the feeling, or just keep on p...

Feb 24th 2014
Michael James shared a tip:

Ugh, got my Girl Scout Cookie delivery this morning

Well, only 5 days until I can eat them, but these 6 boxes are staring at me. Wondering if I'll hold out...

Feb 24th 2014
Michael James replied to Moses Ong's question:

Thinking of P90X3, would SCD eating pattern work?

You might be alright, but as you said, you may need more carbs. Start on just SCD, being sure to get your fair share of beans every day, and see if your lean mass starts to go down. If so, add c...

Feb 21st 2014
Michael James replied to Amy Cohen's question:

I stalled and lost my umph

I went through something similar when I reached a plateau. What helped me get back on track was simply to set a new goal. Instead of looking at body weight, I'm tracking my fat mass in a hopes o...

Feb 20th 2014
Michael James replied to Mindy Parmett Fiddler's question:

Come to a stall?

The predominant answer seems to be to add fitness training. I stalled about a month ago, and have been there since. I'm trying out the pre-hab chapter, then I plan to try out the "effortl...

Feb 15th 2014

Hopefully, I was reading something wrong. Would be good to see someone else have better success with the non-bean diet. As far as the fat gain, ...

Feb 13th 2014
Michael James asked a question:

Occam's Protocol, cut morning kettlebell?

Hey 4HPs, I am going to start OP tomorrow. This protocol is minimalist to the point where I had to not do any exercise for the past week. One of the protocol exercises is the kettlebell. Now, ...

Feb 10th 2014
Michael James replied to cnght's question:

Last Mile Questions

Hey, Not sure where you are body fat-wise, but I'm the same height and attempted the last mile with 20% body fat at 202 lbs. My weight loss slowed to a halt, so I tried it to see. After a week,...

Feb 10th 2014
Michael James replied to Jason Grasl's question:

bulleit bourbon is listed on allowable drink on 4 hr body pro app

I've been ok with red wines and all whiskeys I've tried. Although, in general, the lower I've gone in weight, the more sensitive I've been with weight gain. So, if I was going to have something,...

Feb 1st 2014
Michael James asked a question:

Falling off the Bosu

Does anybody use the Bosu? Everytime I try to do a crunch, I fall off while coming down. not sure how to stay on the whole way down. The only way I can stay on is to sit so my weight goes down ...

Jan 31st 2014

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