Days 6, 7 & 8

On Sunday (Day 6) I went on a 4 km hike with a little rocky terrain and some slight elevation.

On Monday (Day7) I did a simple lower body routine of squats, 5 sets of 5 reps with 110lbs.

Today's (Day8) routine:

5am: 25 minutes on stationary bike, first thing in the mornding

6:45am: upper body workout

supersets of 15lbs DB shoulder presses and 50lbs BB reverse-grip rows, 3 sets of 15 reps of each exercise
Struggled on the last set of DB shoulder presses.

I have used my stationary bike first thing in the morning for 20 minutes every single day for the last 16 days.

Today I have also discovered a new approach to diet: Seth Roberts's Shangri-La.

I am 6'2 and about 192lbs, I don't have any pressing need to lose weight but I think this diet could be useful for people who have trouble losing weight.  There is certainly a lot of buzz in the blogosphere about it, as evidenced by Roberts's blogroll.

The really interesting thing about Roberts diet is the way he discovered, namely through very systematic self-experimentation.  This method has some potential uses in other areas of self-improvement simply because what works for a cohort in a research study may not work for any particular individual.

Of course, Roberts's diet is not optimal, I don't think he is claiming that is anyway, he is focused on weight loss.  However, I have always thought that if one is obese the first thing you've got to work on is cutting your weight down and whatever works for you, you should do that.

However, once the weight problem is solved it is prudent to focus on getting the optimal amount of macro and micro nutrients.  The nice thing about Robert's approach is that it seems that you can continue to use this diet while consuming whatever you want.  At first that may be your usually junk food, but once you tackle the weight issue you can move on to combining Roberts approach with a diet rich in nutrient dense vegetables and fruits. 

I think Roberts's method of self-experimentation is  more important that his diet discovery because his method can be applied to many fields of human improvement outside of diet.  Indeed, Roberts himself has applied his methodology to beating insomnia and improving mood.

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