The Journey Begins…

So after putting on about 9kg weight in the last 3 months (surprise surprise!!) I finally decided to take matters into my own hands, time to lose some weight and run after those very desirable abs…

I have been looking at personal trainers in London and read a lot about different types of diets and in the past wasted a lot of time, energy and money on trying different types of these diets. These included the famous bulking and shedding diet in two phases where you increase your carbohydrate intake and generally stuff yourself a lot especially after exercise to increase your muscle mass and gain some fat in the process which you shed in the lean or shedding phase where your carb intake is basically almost next to nil.

The second one was Carb cycling diet which is similar but bases on cycles of carbs levels increasing and decreasing; again another failure. I think this is mainly because the nutritionists and personal trainers do not focus on the body as a whole and treat everything in terms of calorie tracking and individual muscle groups.

In order to achieve this we need to treat the body as whole and not forget the biggest driving factor in our growth or absence of it; HORMONES!!! and there’s a hell lot of them.

My first choice was Ultimate Performance gym and I went for a consultation but I had to back down because spending £1500 a month just on personal training is not a happy prospect even though the results looked amazing and I’m very sure they do achieve the results.

The second choice after some research turned out to be Reece Mander Fitness, one factor was obviously the cost which still stands at about £660 a month for 12 sessions (£55 per session) but also the fact that it is close to work and I go to the same area for Yoga on Sundays.

Enough about personal trainers and on to the topic of fitness food; the goal I have in mind is to provide a general overview of what I am eating and how it scores and if I discover any places in the process.

The general pattern of diet will be from simple cooked food high in protein and fats in the beginning of the day to eating some carbs in the night with an increase in carbs over time.

The rationale behind is to control the hormones

A really good guide is below in terms of what you have as raw materials to experiment with.

Vegetables

Alfalfa Sprouts
Artichokes
Asparagus
Bamboo shoots
Broccoli
Cabbage
Carrots (Raw)
Celery
Chard
Collards
Cucumber
Eggplant
Endive
Fennel
Green beans
Heart or palm
Jicama
Kale
Mushrooms
Mustard Greens
Okra
Onions
Parsley
Peppers
Radishes
Sauerkraut
Salad Greens
Scallions
Spinach
Squash, Zucchini
Tomatillos
Tomatoes
Turnip greens
Turnip
Water Chestnuts watercress

Carbs

White Rice
Sweet Potato
Small New Potatoes
Squash (all variations)

Meat

Sirloin Steak
Rib Eye Steak
Other steak forms
beef tenderloin (Extra lean)
lean ground beef
Fish (Cod, Snapper, Halibut)
Barramundi
Sea Bass
Lamb
Salmon
Chicken
Turkey
Eggs
Shellfish
Beef
Pork

Fats

Olive Oil (Not heated)
Butter (Grass fed where possible, otherwise Organic)
Coconut Oil
Avocado

WARNING: I have posted some before pictures below to highlight the urgency of issue (sigh!), don’t scroll down if you’re averse to fattening men!!!

 


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