I’ve been listening to Jimmy Moore’s podcasts and reading his blog for a few years now. But I’d never met him. I’m always interested to meet people in real life, because often the “online persona” they’ve created is very different to the reality.
Jimmy Moore recently left Australia after his trip over for the Low Carb Down Under seminar series, and I met him in Melbourne, Sydney and Brisbane.
So, what is Jimmy Moore really like?
Does he really eat what he says he eat? Has he really lost a lot of weight?
Well, if you were hoping for some dirt, I’m afraid there is none!
Firstly, Jimmy has lost a lot of weight. He is far slimmer than his pre-Australia blog photos implied. A lot of people on the internet seem to criticise Jimmy, because he lost and then regained weight. But the thing is, Jimmy has always been honest about it. I have a lot of respect for someone who is able to put their hands up, say it isn’t working – and try a new approach.
Jimmy’s new approach, Nutritional Ketosis is working. Really working. He gave some very honest lectures, sharing exactly what he is doing, how it is working and how he feels. He even took his blood readings on stage.
I’ve also read a lot of speculation about what actually Jimmy eats. But after a few meals with Jimmy, there’s no “odd meals”, just normal, fairly Primal meals, that are a lot more bias towards the fat content than mine would be. A lot of the fat content comes from dairy, such as butter (he certainly gets through a lot of butter!), as well as foods like avocado.
Being in Nutritional Ketosis certainly seems to give Jimmy a lot of energy, particularly evident when we did the coastal walk from Bronte to Bondi beach!
With some weight still to lose myself, I’m very interested in Nutritional Ketosis. I’ve been making a conscious effort to eat more fat in the last few weeks, but perhaps it might be time to embark on a more scientific n=1 experiment of my own.
Jimmy is a really nice guy, who clearly cares a great deal about everyone who reaches out to him. A lot of people in the Paleo/ low carb community have come from a fitness (I.e. crossfit) or a health angle – and whilst the nutrition may be similar, the journey isn’t. I find it really refreshing and inspiring to hear an honest account of weight loss – what works and what doesn’t. A lot of Australians who attended the lectures have been very inspired by Jimmy’s story – and several people are doing their own Nutritional Ketosis experiments. I can't wait to start to hear the progress reports.
It was also an absolute pleasure to meet Christine, Jimmy’s wife, who is clearly extremely supportive of everything Jimmy does. If there is any dirt on Jimmy Moore, I’m sure Christine will be the one to dish it!
What do you think about Jimmy’s Nutritional Ketosis n=1 experiment? Are you tempted to try it for yourself?