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How I Gained 10lb while trying to Lose 10lb

Back in the beginning of October I was stuck in a rut, zero motivation to exercise, and betty bored with my nutrition.  This was the time in which I knew I needed something different, some extra motivation.  The solution? Go into a “Men’s Physique” kind of diet and a new exercise regimen.  After surfing the Internet for a “doable” diet (first mistake) I found what I thought was the right diet to follow for the next 10-days:

7:00am (after workout) – Coffee and a Whey protein shake
9:30am – 6 whole eggs (scrambled) cooked in skillet with a teaspoon of olive oil, 1/4 cup of steel cut oatmeal sprinkled with cinnamon along with 6 blackberries and 15 blueberries
12:30pm –8 ounces of chicken or salmon with broccoli, red skinned potatoes, or sweet potatoes
3:00pm – Whey protein shake and 15 almonds
6:30pm – 5-6 ounces of chicken or salmon with either broccoli, red skinned potatoes, or sweet potatoes
10:00pm (before bed) – Whey protein w/ MILK

As far as my workout regimen, again after some Internet surfing, I decided on the following plan: CHEST on Mondays, BACK on Tuesdays, LEGS on Wednesdays, SHOULDERS on Thursdays, ARMS on Fridays.  Saturdays and Sundays were off.  12086806_708107769323439_1222966699_n

Something else also happened on Sunday, it was my designated CHEAT day.  Not only I wasn’t working out on that day, but I’d make an effort to go out of my way to pile up on junk food.  You guested it, there lied my second mistake. The idea of a Cheat Day/Meal isn’t a new one, nor a harmful one.  The problem wasn’t the concept, it was my self-control. The result? I gained nearly 10 pounds in 10 days, 1.5″ inches around my waist (my problem area), and 2.4% of body fat.

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Moving on forward I’m planning on going back to what has worked for me over the last 15 months: build a lifestyle instead of a diet.  Instead of going super strict on weekdays and going wild on weekends, I’ll stick to my three basic nutritional guidelines:

  • Eat when I’m hungry
  • Doing water instead of any other drink
  • Stop consumption of white suga

Here’s a Fitness Log I’ve been keeping for about 15 months now.

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Live and learn.  Hoping for a healthier and smarter 2016!

Feliz Navidad!

– Arturo

 

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