Bodybuilding has a new division called, Physique, and I think I want to compete. Finally there is a place on stage for someone with bad calves and without the genetic and chemical makeup of the Silverback gorilla. Since I don’t foresee them adding a class for people over 45 with slight love handles wearing pants, the time is now or never. To prepare I started the process the way you are supposed to in modern times; 1) Hire a trainer 2) Set a goal and pick a date 3) Post it on social media.
One and two were the easy parts, number 3, however, that part had a few interesting repercussions. Whether it is politics, exercise or pictures of your cat playing the piano, Facebook/Twitter/etc. will give you the same range of responses; some support, some ambivalence and a few adamant haters. “Go for it!” one post said which was followed by another, “That’s gross and besides Dr. Oz says it’s bad for you.” And of course there was one that just said you won’t win because of Obama.
Oddly, it was the private messages this time that surprised me the most. A few friends, new and old, reached out to ask for diet and workout advice. As eager as I would like to be to dispense that info, I’ve noticed over the years that telling people how and what to eat can be met with the same enthusiasm the Indian customer service reps have when reading the script at the cable company. Possibly the most blowback I get if I try to help comes when I write out an eating plan that requires people to eat more to lose weight. Not starve yourself, not skip meals or drink juice until you “cleanse” a few times a day. My programs might have you eating enough to possibly get sick, if not at least annoyed with the process of food intake.
“But I’ll blow up like a balloon if I eat that much?” “That’s a lot of work shopping, cooking, eating…”
Yes, it is. Do you want do this or not?
Step one when helping people with their diets is always a journal and I find that with most people the answer to their biggest diet question is always more food throughout more meals, not less!
Case in point: my lovely wife, who has just kicked her workouts and food up and at 47 is in the best shape of her life. After waving me off meal after meal saying, “No more food!” like Kobayashi near the end of a hot dog eating contest, she thought for sure she would get on the scale and see the numbers spin wildly up and out of control. Instead, something magical happened. She lost weight!
She is still dumping the last of most meals on my plate claiming she couldn’t eat another bite but finally convinced that more equals less and not the other way around.
More of what is hopefully your next question. Not more pizza and not bigger sizes. More lean protein; meat, chicken, eggs and fish. More fresh veggies; broccoli, green beans, cauliflower, asparagus, etc. And more small, frequent meals. Start with breakfast eating at least 3 eggs depending on your size. Sift out a yoke or two and add some veggies to that. Ham or turkey anyone?
Also, more water. Less of all the caloric bevvies; sodas, juices, ice teas, alcohol and more.
And do all of this for more time to get the best results. If you live consistently like this for a few weeks, eating more good food; protein, fruits, fresh veggies and good grains, over a 4 meals a day you WILL see results. If you are not stuffed, add more protein and veggies to the portions. If time and cooking is an issue, add more protein shakes.
Unless you have a very special situation, skipping meals or cutting way back on food will eat your muscle and not your fat leaving you looking and feeling worse in the process.
As for me, I am trying to get my body fat percentage down near the unemployment rate in North Dakota so I have my work cut out. The eating has begun, it’s exhausting but I’m already starting to see some positive changes.