Hello, everyone! This is my first post here.
I have been reading T-Nation.com for about a month now. About seven years ago, I noticed my waist had increased a couple of inches. This wasn’t a bad thing per se (that only put me at a 34 in. waist), but nonetheless, I had gained some weight. Additionally, I began feeling more tired than usual.
So, I decided that I would start exercising and eating better and I managed to not only get back to my 32 in. waist, but I put on some muscle as well.
I’ll spare everyone the details of my life between now and then, but several factors contributed to me gaining the weight back and then some (a lot more actually).
I currently reside at 210 lbs. with about a 36 - 38 in. waist. I have developed high blood pressure (at only 27 yrs. of age), anxiety, depression and I often feel tired. My grandparents are diabetic and the prospect of a similar fate for me is scary.
Well, I am tired of it! Beginning today, I am making a change! There are no excuses!
I am going to try something radical and experimental. My diet for the next month will consist of protein shakes and healthy fat and fiber sources such as almonds and peanut butter. I will eat only one solid meal per day (other than the almonds and peanut butter), which will be my dinner. This meal will be healthy and clean. It will consist of lean protein and fibrous vegetables with minimal sodium. I will drink a ton of water and some green tea. I will be eating approximately 2,500 calories a day. I wouldn’t say that this is a low carb diet, but my carbs will be limited to about 150 g./day. About 30 of those will be from fiber.
I will be taking the following supplements:
-Biotest Metabolic Drive Super Protein Shakes
-Minus 10 ALA
-500mg Time Released Vitamin C
I largely chose these supplements based on information from this site and Gregg Avedon’s and John Berardi’s web sites.
I will be doing weight training from the Body-for-LIFE book three to four days a week. I won’t be doing much cardio (if any) during this month. I want to ensure that I do not lose any muscle.
My goal is to achieve some rapid fat loss while maintaining or gaining muscle mass. I also want to crush my cravings for unhealthy foods. I realize that this alone will not get me to my target weight and body. But I think it will give me a good jump start. I hope to make some new friends on here that can help me through this. And, I hope to be an inspiration to others.
I will post more measurements and information soon.
It’s time to make it happen!
NOTE: I am not looking to become a body builder, but rather to achieve physiques similar to those of Frank Shamrock and Gregg Avedon (see attached photo).