So as your all may or may not know, my wedding is coming up in just 4 short months!! Crazy, I know!! I haven’t been as on track with my work outs, running, and eating within the past few weeks after the marathon and I recently decided to do something about this.
My mom gave me recently a copy of an “E-Book” entitled Burn the Fat, Feed the Muscle.
So far I’m almost halfway through it, and I just got it two days ago!! The author is a body builder turned personal coach and nutritionist.
The book so far has been soooo knowledgable. My goal here in the next 4 months is not to lose weight, but to lose fat. I am a muscular, athletic person, but I am by no means completely lean. And that is my goal.
To be toned, lean, and to decrease my body fat.
I may have said this in the past, so forgive me if this is all repetitive information to you all. I have tried this before and fail. Why did I fail??? Because I didn’t trust it, and I didn’t believe that it could work.
Basically this is not a “diet” but rather a change in healthy eating patterns. Before I started reading this book, I was taking in around 1300 calories a day, divided in 3 meals. After reading I figured out that A. I was not eating enough calories and B. Eating three meals a day was killing my metabolism.
At this point in time, thanks to some of the advice in the book, I am eating 1600 calories a day divided between 5 usually equal meals. It is amazing. I never go more than 3 hours without eating, which means I am NEVER hungry. I never have cravings because the next meal is right around the corner!!
Another concept in this book is that “zig zagging” your calories will effectively burn more fat, and prevent the loss of lean muscle, which occurs with low calorie diets. My plan thus far has been eat 3 days lower (1600 calories) followed by 1, 2, or 3 days higher at around (1900-2000 calories). I am still below my requirements, but am eating much more, never starving my body of the calories it really needs.
The author states with this diet that eating more and more often will leave you with more energy, which I have found to be soooo true. The past few days have been full of long hours at work, but I’m powering through them and not yawning like normal. But seriously, I think the thing I like the most about this is the eating every 3 hours. Its amazing to know that in just 2-3 hours I’ll get to eat again without the dread of waiting until the next meal.
I have only been doing these changes for the past 4 days, so I really cannot say what kind of progress I have made. I can say that I have more energy, like I said before, but I haven’t really noticed much of anything, but let’s be serious, it’s only been 4 days!!
So that is my future plan until the wedding and honeymoon. Again, I’m not really trying to lose pounds but percent body fat. I could end up even gaining weight! Crazy right?!
Anyone else out there trying to drop some fat instead of weight????