This is how I construct the perfect weight loss plan….
This time a year my blog becomes saturated with articles on different ways to attack your weight loss goals. I love it. There is nothing like being comfortable in your own skin and the only way to a true killer beach body is through food!
One of the biggest things I have learned over the past 2 years is this, Nothing works always, forever and for everyone. Read that over 3x. Let that soak in for a minute. The thing about it is people find something that works and they beat it into the ground until their little magic pill runs out of juice. You can’t just find one weight loss diet that works and then stop trying out new techniques. Build off of what you call your go-to plan. Make it stronger.
There are three (4th is a bonus) things that I have incorporated into my beach body preparation. I don’t do them all at once but rather switch from one to the other when I feel like one isn’t doing as well as I thought.
1. Carb Cycling: This was my jam. It was my go-to approach to all my weight loss goals. It works. It still works but it’s not longer my main ticket. Carb cycling is something you should only do in short bursts. I usually recommend up 6-8 weeks. I look back on that time in my life and that was really the only way that I used to get shredded. Since then I have learned to incorporate more into my plan not only to get the same weight loss results but to build muscle at the same time.
2. Intermediate Fasting: Intermediate fasting has been getting a lot of attention lately. When I first started reading about it I thought it was only a small group of guys trying it out but actually this technique was industry wide. Only the true fitness pioneers were the ones willing to put it to the test. Intermediate fasting can be done in a lot fo different ways. I personally do a 14-16 hour fast (depending on my training schedule) every day. Basically skipping breakfast and crushing my first Micro/Macro packed meal for lunch. Since I started intermediate fasting I have changed a few things around. My fasts are scheduled around my workouts and what day of the week it is. For example, my weekend meals are not as organized and clean as my weekly meals so I do a long fast on Mondays to help take stress off of my systems and to rebuild. This has been great for me. This has been working out great. Stay tuned on this for more findings!
3. Plant Based Diets: This is something I have just recently started adding to my weekly meals. I train 3 to 4 days a week so on those days that I train I keep my diet higher in calories with a healthy amount of proteins, fats and carbs. The days I am off I stick to a plant-based diet only. At dinner for both of the days Is when I consume the greatest amount of proteins and carbs for the day. Everything else is salads, fruits and other veggies of choice. What I want to see is if this technique will support my weight loss goals while still being able to see a healthy level of energy and strength in the gym. As soon as I see any of these decrease then I’ll start making small changes every two weeks and assessing the results.
4. Juicing: This is not something I am currently doing simply because I don’t have any way of doing it right now. It is something that I have read into a lot and would recommend it to anyone. Of course there are a lot of benefits to juicing but to keep things simple. This is how I look at it. The average person sucks at eating vegetables. For some, the only veggies they eat are the ones that come on their fast food sandwiches. Imagine if twice a day you made a drink that consisted of 2-3+ servings of fruits and veggies? You know all those benefits that the crazy fitness people talk about? Well, you can become apart of that group! It may take a little research but you can put together some pretty powerful drinks. You don’t have to juice every meal just throw one in as a mid-day snack or after your workouts.
The key to this whole article is to get your mind thinking about more then one way to attack this summers beach body preparation. Don’t get upset when what worked for you last summer and all through the winter isn’t working as well now. It’s just time to make some changes!
Try some new stuff out. Get out of your comfort zone.