I would never recommend anything that I haven’t tried or experienced myself.
I began my journey with a healthy balanced nutrition plan and without even knowing practicing IIFYM (if it fits your macros). I trained for about an hour to two hours a day. It took me 10 months to shred 65 pounds and 20 % body fat. (Below are my weight loss results)
Than I started researching and learning about carb cycling. So along with my IIFYM nutrition I began a carb cycling plan. Training 2-3 hours a day; static cardio, weight training and circuit training . My results were amazing!!! But it was a tough way to live, so I went back to my healthy nutritional plan that helped me lose my weight. (Below Are my Carb Cycling Results)
Last summer I decided to enter the Beachbody Classic (a bikini competition). So I began researching nurtitional advice and reccommendation for competitors. I had 5 weeks to get ripped and stage ready. I was really happy with my results for my competition. I had NO coach to help me through my competition prep, or throughout my entire transformation process for that matter. . Soooo, my research was limited to the competition prep. I was so focused on my prep that I didn’t even consider a post prep. I didn’t research or realize what the aftermath of the competition would bring, the metabolic and phyological damage it would cause. You see, just as you prep for a comp there is also a science to coming off a competition prep so that you don’t blow up. Opps, did my research to late. So after my comp I began to bing eat and gained 20 pounds and 5% body fat back. Now I know how to come off a comp prep and be able to maintain your body.( Competition Photos Below)
I have been in a slump and haven’t been focusing on my physical goals lately. I know that I want to get lean again but I want to do it in a way that is maintainable, healthy and dosen’t have me so focused on my food. I came across intermitted fasting, it is suppose to help boost damaged metabolisms. I like what I have learned so far and love that it correlates with just living a healthy lifestyle vs being fixated on foods. So I will be giving it a shot. I will be posting my progress pictures starting tomorrow and blog how everything is going. I also read that you should also reduce your training. So I will try to limit my training from 2-3 hours a day to 1 hour a day.