I want to update on my own fitness this week, not so I can bore you with pretty pictures of food I haven’t eaten yet, but in hopes that you get something from it and to show you that what I post about isn’t just words.
Several months ago, I realized that I had long been hindering my own fitness progress by refusing to gain some body fat. To many of you, I know that sounds weird to your mental ears because you are trying to LOSE body fat. But the truth is, my primary fitness goal is getting stronger, and there just comes a point where you begin to hinder that by not eating enough food.
So, I started eating more, I did indeed bust through the strength plateaus, and I have been very happy about with my progress.
But now, I’ve put on a bit more fat than I’m comfortable with as a fitness coach who’s body is, let’s face it, sort of my own business card.
I am using a method called Protein Sparing Modified Fasting that I was put onto by Thomas Snyder. This is a very low-calorie diet in which I eat primarily pure protein sources.
Im trying a new method of cutting fat for a few reasons:
1. It will work more quickly than what I normally do, and I want to get back to growing stronger as quickly as possible. That’s hard to do in a calorie deficit.
2. I want this to help all of you. The more things I experience myself, the better coach I am and the more strategies I can confidently suggest not just from research, but also experience.
Now, you may think that I’m a huge hypocrite and that this is the opposite of what I usually post about (avoiding big deficits, using moderation, not setting up for failure, etc).
But the fact is, jump starts can be a good thing if you think of them that way. I also have manipulated my calories and macronutrients (protein, carbs, and fat) for years. I know how to supplement to fill in the holes this leaves in my diet, and I know what to do after I finish this to not undo my progress.
This is a valid strategy, but not one I’d recommend to many people because of how difficult it is to stick to. It’s not a fun experience, but it is an effective one.
I will be posting this week to show how I go about it, and you will be able to take some of this and apply it to your own, less aggressive approaches. I want to demonstrate to you the power of proper caloric manipulation. Stay tuned if you’re interested, and unfollow me if you don’t want to see me starving and laying on the mean streets of Manhattan.
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