So Here I Go!
30 days of eating and living like a saint! (Apart from the cheat days, but we’ll get to that later). What inspired me to do this? Well I’m like most people, I’m brilliant at nailing one aspect of health and fitness at a time. I will be totally on it with training, but will let my nutrition slip with my “oh I’v earned this after today’s training” attitude. Or will have a more relaxed time with exercise, but be eating like a stone aged health guru! So what changed?
After giving clients tips to help with their nutritional plans, I thought “what if I applied everything i’ve ever told my clients, and stuck to it for 30 days?” What’s the potential? What are the limitations? Can it actually be done?…….Well there’s only one way to find out!
What’s the plan then?
The goal is to reduce body fat, maintain lean muscle mass, improve fitness, improve recovery from training, and generally feel better. The key thing is to keep it as simple as possible…….A list of rules about nutrition, some tips to speed the process along, and an exercise plan….easy right? (Famous last words?)
Now you’re all welcome to try this with me, I’ve added a link of what foods are good to start with below. We all know roughly what we should be eating and doing to stay fit and healthy, but I suppose it comes down to one thing “how bad do we want it?”
- Only Slow Carbs – Beans, Legumes, Veggies.
- No Starchy Foods – Potatoes, Rice, Porridge, Pasta, Bread.
- No Sugar.
- No Dairy.
- Protein in every meal.
- Don’t drink your calories.
- Lots of water.
- Avoid Sauces – Season food with herbs and spices.
- Breakfast within 30 minutes of waking.
- No artificial sugar – Diet drinks or sweeteners.
- Only have fruit after and around training.
- No Caffeine.
- Have one cheat day every week.
These are a few things that can just help everything along. If you’re already happy with the way you eat, try just using these on their own.
- Chew everything 20 times before swallowing.
- 60 seconds of Squats, Push-ups and Bent-over Flys 90 minutes after eating.
- Ice cold water first thing in the morning.
- A few nuts 15 minutes before eating main meals.
- Place an ice pack for 30 minutes on the back of the neck in the evening.
- Make the last minutes of your shower cold (Sounds horrible I know).
- Stick something citric in your water.
2-3 x 30 minute sessions a week of resistance based training . Either classic weight training or circuit training.
2-3 Aerobic training sessions a week. Around 30-60 minutes either running or biking, and preferable interval based
15 minutes of stretching and posture exercises everyday
Make sure one of your training days falls on your cheat day.
I know this might seem like a lot to take in, but when planned out over a week it should be totally maintainable. There is a lot of science related to all of the above, but I’ll explaining all that over the next few weeks (don’t want to bore you all in one go). So this is what the day will plan out like:
8:02: 5 Almonds with Ice cold water with lemon
8:10: Shower (last minute cold!)
10:00: 90 second workout
12:45: 5 Brazil nuts
15:00: 90 second workout
17:30: Training (including posture and stretching)
18:15: Fruit and nuts
20:30: 90 second workout
20:35: 30 minutes ice pack on the back of the neck
Now depending on your work commitments and training plans your day may look a bit different. So don’t be afraid to tinker with it, and making it work around your day
So where to start?
If we don’t have a start point, how will we know how we’ve done after 30 days? There are plenty of things to track progress. Weight, measurements, body fat %, clothing size, visual aesthetics, performance, mood, and generally feel. I’ve chosen weight, circumferences, body fat %, a photo (will post that with an “after” photo at the end. Topless photos on the Internet….what would my mother say?!?) and luckily I have a training log so can see how my training is progressing.
Body fat %: 12.9%
I officially started today, so based on the fact I’m writing this I’ve survived the first day so that’s something! Will be keeping you all updated with a diary and will be explaining some of the science and reason behind the plan.
Feel free to join in and keep us updated with how you’re getting on!
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