If you’ve been reading my newest log posts you learned that I highly dislike talking nutrition.
Not only that, I hate having to be super regimented,with my diet, calculating/weighting everything.
I can do it, I do when my goal is to get shredded (e.g. for a photoshoot) but, at best, I can do it for around 6 weeks before it sucks the life out of me!
Even worse is that I can stay acceptably lean without being strict with my diet. Why is that bad? Because there is no strong incentive for me to do something that I hate and that kills my motivation (being strict with my diet).
I’ll give you an example, and I’m not telling you this to piss you off:
In my latest photoshoot (you probably have seen some pictures in my most recent articles and on a Surge Workout Fuel ad) I was 194lbs and I was really lean.
I actually got leaner a bit later this year when I dropped down to 192lbs. I didn’t do a photoshoot at that point but here are some selfies to give you an idea of the level of leanness that I had.
Anyway, for the past 8 week I’ve essentially been eating anything I fancied. While I don’t include too much crap, I do have more than a liter of frozen yogurt per day, plenty of bread, a boatload of grapes, at least 2 “breakfast bars” (like chocolate granola bars) etc, per day. Not necessarily a diet that I would recommend to anyone wanting to get lean.
Despite all of that I gained, at the most 2-3lbs of fat. My weight increased a bit more (201lbs morning weight) but that is mostly from higher glycogen storage, water retention and (judging from my performance increase and my look) some muscle growth.
Even though it sounds cool, it kinda annoys me. Not so much from a body composition standpoint, but from control issue. I find myself eating more and more processed/pleasure foods. Subconsciously because it’s not affecting my look.
But I hate being this way, believe it or not.
I’ve tried to get back on a more strict or, at the very least, a heathier/less processed diet. But without a strong psychological or goal-oriented incentive, I basically got back to my pleasure eating way after 1-2 days of stricter eating.
One of the reasons is that when you overconsume processed, highly palatable and taste-intensive foods, your taste buds (or your brain’s interpretation to foods) changes: foods become less flavor-intensive and non-processed foods become really bland and not satisfying.
That’s why, after talking at length with @Tim_Patterson , I decided to do a bout of the Velocity Diet . First and foremost to resensitize my pallet to “normal” foods. Of course, I won’t be mad about the next level of leanness I’ll get!
I might even adjust this approach to maximum muscle growth once I’m done with the leaning out process (which is likely going to be less than the full 28 days considering my current level of leanness). If I do that, I’ll be sure to keep you guys updated on my strategy.
In this “log” I won’t necessarily do a day-to-day log of exactly what I’m eating. Rather I will share my thoughts on this experiment and how it is affecting me.
Obviously, I hope that you guys will help me make this thread interesting by contributing with your questions or thoughts.