High Protein Sugar-Free Jello

Yes, it’s awesome, and yes, that’s a shitty picture. It’s jello in a bowl, what do you expect from me?

The texture is just like regular jello, except almost a little bit creamy. It’s really good though. I suggest making it with slightly less water than recommended on the box, as it gets a bit soft and sloppy if you use the amount they suggest.

This is excellent as a snack that is pretty hard to eat too much of, or as a guilt-free dessert for those of you who still have guilt about things.

I’m working on a DIY version with gelatin that can be made in bulk.

1 box sugar free jello, any flavour
3/4 cup boiling water
3/4 cup cold water
1 scoop whey powder

I did 4x this recipe. Half of it was breakfast, and delicious.

Make the jello as per the directions on the box.
Whisk in whey powder immediately before putting the jello in the fridge.
Let set.

Per portion (this will vary slightly depending on your whey):
Carb: 2g
Fat: 7g
Fibre: 0g
Protein: 29g
Calories: 162

The thing they don’t tell you about getting lean

Something that most people don’t tell you about getting really lean: it takes longer and requires losing more weight than you planned, if you’ve never been super lean before.

Getting from fat to not-fat takes about as long as you’d expect, and can generally be planned out within an order of magnitude. The second part takes twice as long as you plan, even if you account for it taking twice as long. Kinda like Hofstadter’s law.

I’m on my journey to sub 10% body fat – looking for those sweet, sweet abs that men always think will get them laid more. Of course, unless you’re on the beach, by the time she sees you without a shirt on, she’s already decided to sleep with you.

Anyways, I was initially expecting to take 4 months to get to 10ish%, with a two month maintenance phase at the end before a big event.

But life doesn’t work like that. I’ve lost weight slower than I planned initially, to keep my mood stable for work so I don’t shank someone.

I was also apparently carrying a fairly significant amount more bodyfat than would be guessed by the eyeball-meter. Which means that I have had to lose a fair bit more weight than I had expected, and will probably end up about 10-15lb lighter than I had planned.

Every time I step on the scale and see the number go down a bit I get a bit of a thrill seeing that what I am doing is working, and a little bit of the thought “Should I stop? I can’t remember the last time I was this light… high school, probably.”

This is a little scary, but that’s the way life goes. And it’s a pretty good problem to have.

But, because I’ve allowed myself a two month buffer, there’s a good chance I will be in the shape I want by the big event. And I’m even starting a ten day diet break tomorrow, to help keep my body from getting too unhappy with me.

Where would I be if I hadn’t started when I did? Probably nowhere. Just like you. So get off your ass and start today.

The week that was, in internet land – Volume 11

I Fooled Millions Into Thinking Chocolate Helps Weight Loss. Here’s How. – John Bohannon
And this is why you don’t trust the media about nutrition stuff.

Vegetarian top athlete gets rhabdomyolysis – Ergo-Log
Moral of the story: don’t be vegetarian.

Starting off right – Paul Carter
Advice for new lifters.

What supplements should you take – Bryan Krahn
More awesome from Bryan Krahn.

Why you need strength training to lose fat for good – Phil Heather
Weights good.

Overstressed and overeating – John Berardi
Oh hello, article written about me. And probably lots of you too.

The week that was, in internet land – Volume 10

The hard road of betterment – Paul Carter
A wise man knows he knows nothing.

How eating better can make you happier – Examine.com
Yup. Eat less crap and you will feel less like crap. Amazing.

The science behind caffeine – Examine.com
Apparently less is more. Guess I should take this IV out then.

Is uncertainty in complex disease epidemiology resolvable? – Wasim Maziak
Remember what we said about science being hard?

Why Fitspiration Is Killing Your Motivation – Lawrence Judd
We like this a lot, even if Lawrence totally spells his name wrong. Focus on the process, not the goal. We’re not saying it’s easy, but it’s pretty much the only way to make sure you actually make it to your goals.

You won’t believe how hard this is! Do you make this mistake?

One day you will read in the news that eating eggs has been linked with cancer and you shouldn’t eat them. Then six months later you will hear that they are a better cure for what ails you than unicorn tears – which makes most people think that scientists have absolutely no idea what they are doing. Is salt worse than cyanide? Or is it a miracle cure? JUST TELL US THE TRUTH!

Well, science is hard. Like, really hard. Designing a study, controlling as many of the variables as you can think of, and ensuring the compliance of the study subjects is hard enough when you are dealing with rats. When you add humans into the mix it gets so hard that I’m surprised that anyone even bothers.

Also, what is even harder than regular science, is statistics. A lot of the studies that are quoted in the media, and even the ones that are published in prestigious journals like Nature and Science, can have glaring statistical errors, omissions, or things that don’t make sense. Many results that are “statistically significant” are in all practical terms, pretty much a waste of time. Conversely, many effects that don’t reach statistical significance might actually be of use. But all of this is really hard to know, even if you have been trained in statistics and study design. If you want to learn more of this kind of thing, Alan Aragon’s Research Review is a really good resource. Also, Statistics Done Wrong is a really good layman’s resource.

What generally happens is a study gets published, some intern getting paid exactly nothing and with the scientific knowledge of pond scum reads the abstract or a press release and says “hey, there’s a story here!” The journalist then reads the summary of the abstract, and writes an article on it. This is how “in elderly untrained subjects (n=17), increasing protein intake above deficiency levels via ingestion of whole eggs increases protein synthesis” turns into “SCIENCE SAYS: EAT EGGS AND PUT ON 10LB OF MUSCLE TODAY!”

Or someone took the data from a huge long term study of like 60,000 people over 20 years, and found out that red meat consumption is correlated with a statistically significant increase of heart disease risk. Well, it also turns out that per capita cheese consumption is almost perfectly correlated (r=0.9471) with the number of people who die by becoming tangled in their bedsheets1. If you dump enough different variables into a big bucket of data, some correlations are going to drop out the bottom. Doesn’t mean that they actually matter.

So what does this mean for you? Well, it means that you can probably trust that anything you read about nutrition or exercise in the mainstream media is complete crap. At best. If you do the exact opposite of what they tell you to, you probably won’t be in any trouble at all.

If someone is telling you that you need to do anything other than eat a diet consisting of mostly whole foods most of the time, and try to not sit on your ass all day, they are selling you something. Just watch what commercials after that segment to see what it is.

  1. http://www.tylervigen.com/spurious-correlations