Today I am a month and 2 days from my next BodPod test.
My plan for the next test is to stay at 10% BodyFat but increase my Lean Body Mass or Muscle by 5lbs.
So, if you were having lunch with me today, you might wonder why the hell I would eat 2 Bacon Cheeseburgers with Lettuce, Tomato, Pickles and a bunch of Mayonnaise for Lunch and a Pint of Ben and Jerry’s Americone Dream Ice cream for Dessert.
Or why I had a Meatball Hoagie and a Beer for Dinner last night and 3 Pieces of Pizza and a beer the night before that for Dinner.
Oh and tomorrow I’m going to eat Pizza and Cake at Leah’s Birthday Party. How can I not eat cake for my daughter’s birthday?! Not eating cake at my daughter’s Birthday party would be ridiculous!
So anyway, the point I am trying to make is that these foods will definitely NOT help me achieve my goal of staying at 10% BodyFat and building 5lbs of Muscle. Not directly.
However, they will help me achieve those goals, indirectly.
You’re probably saying “Dude what the hell are you talking about?”
I hear ya, so let me explain.
Those foods are full of Sugar, Fat and High Glycemic Carbs that will make my insulin jump through the roof and signal my body to start storing fat like it’s going out of style.
So why would I eat that stuff? Because for me the bigger part of the picture is what it does for me psychologically.
You see, I’ve learned over the years that I can only eat extremely healthy for short periods of time and then I will break. I will get frustrated and fall of the healthy eating wagon.
Then I get pissed I couldn’t keep my strict eating regimen and say “Screw it, it’s not worth it, I might as well eat whatever I want all the time!”
I’ve done that a few times but then I get pissed because I’m not getting in my “ideal” shape.
I finally decided there’s got to be a better way, a way that I can have it all.
So I thought, instead of putting unnecessary stress on myself to eat healthy all the time, why not let myself indulge in the junky foods I love but put some kind of parameters around it so it wouldn’t get out of hand.
And I came up with these 2 parameters:
- I will eat a very healthy breakfast and lunch and snacks in between those meals
- I will eat a moderately healthy dinner most of the time with a “crap” dinner once or twice a week.
Yeah, really scientific right?
But simplicity was my goal. I wanted to test something out and not get bogged down by having a bunch of strict criteria.
I think that’s where a lot of us get messed up when trying to get in better shape. We get too bogged down with details that quite honestly, don’t make a big difference.
And being a Dad, I definitely don’t have time to worry about details like counting calories or measuring exact quantities of fat, carbs, protein, sugar etc.
I wanted something very simple that would help me stay on track to better health.
And it worked. In the first 2 months I lost 8lbs of Fat and gained 2lbs of Muscle in only 2 months.
Now I am making some slight modifications to achieve my next goal of keeping my bodyfat at 10% or less and gaining 5lbs of muscle…..again, the goal is to do this in 2 months.
So, the experiment continues and so far it has been a really fun ride. I am seeing the changes in my body daily and I feel amazing. No more crackling bones when I wake up, no back pain when picking up my daughter. It’s awesome.
The crazy thing is for years I tried to figure out a way to have my cake and eat it too.
Then, I become a parent, have barely anytime to do anything other than be a parent and I figure it out.
Crazy, but as they say “Necessity Is The Mother Of All Invention” and I definitely needed to figure it out.
So keep an eye out if you want to learn more about what I am doing and how I get incredible results without obsessing over details.