8 week weight loss, the diet – have I chosen the right path?
By Neil Perkins
I have found a sure-fire way to attain success with a training or nutrition regime. After blogging about my weight loss journey I have been inundated with a huge response, some of you supportive, some of you not. This means is that I can’t fail – butt butt will go by bye.
I have chosen a nutrition strategy and I am at day 4 and I’m now feeling miserable and questioning the plan I’ve set out. This is when athletes I coach start making ‘hybrid’ diets or ‘cycling’ between diets. A ‘hybrid’ diet doesn’t work and doesn’t exist. If your justification for eating cheese is that it fits in Atkins, that is fine if you are following Atkins. If you are however on a Paleo diet, cheese is off the menu. You can’t be Paleo for breakfast, Atkins for lunch and Vegan for evening meal. Choose your path and walk down it.
The path I have chosen for the latest experiment is with modified carbohydrate back-loading as prescribed by John Buckland of KBT. This is role reversal of most diets as you only eat carbs post workout and in evening meal. When the science behind this plan is explained, it makes sense. The experience gained ‘in the trenches’ makes me a little sceptical about the plan. The theory in lay man’s terms outlines that growth hormone controls fat manipulation, growth hormone is naturally elevated in the morning and carbohydrate consumption releases insulin that supresses growth hormone. Therefore, if you don’t eat carbs in the morning and instead eat testosterone boosting proteins and fats you chemically put your body in a better fat burning zone. With a workout time of 3pm, I have not been eating carbs until 5pm….and in the afternoon I am vile!
Here is typical day
6am Breakfast: Eggs Omlette and Avocado
10am Snack: Nuts & Protein Shake
1pm: Chicken on a bed of kale and red onions
4pm Post Workout: Protein Shake with Udo’s Oil
5pm: Big Bowl of Porridge Oats
8.30pm: Steak, rice and veg – lots of rice!
I am day 4 now and it is tough. Like most people who pick a nutrition plan and struggle with the routine, I am now thinking I should have chosen another way to do this.