Losing body fat is all about creating a energy balance (calories are energy). If we create a deficit we lose weight. I’m sure you’ve all heard me say this/post about this 100 times! Create an excess of calories and gain weight (good for creating muscle mass if done accurately).
Non-exercise activity – regular daily rituals like brushing teeth, combing hair, standing up and sitting down
Thermic activity – Eating and digesting a meal (digest/absorb/process)
Exercise – Weight training, yoga, cycling, running (though endurance activity burns far more kcals)
Burning Cals Wisely – 2 methods discovered
Massive calorie deficiency and over exercising can lead to failure and metabolic breakdown if you aren’t careful. This is NOT good in any way shape or form. This is why we reverse diet from contests and big events like my FML Fat Fry program.
The best way to fire up your fat burning engine is with HIIT. This raises your heart rate quickly and creates an oxygen deficit. You also create an after burn effect (EPOC/Excess Post Oxygen Consumption) where you continue to burn calories even after training – for hours or days. Woop!
How to get ripped quickly? Move more. On average a healthy human should aim for 10k steps per day.
It doesn’t necessarily matter WHAT exercise you do, only that you’re creating a caloric deficit. But then again, who wants to be at the gym all day? Endurance athletes shoot glares my way now!
The amount you burn is dictated by volume and intensity – the longer you train (volume) the more you burn. The harder you train (intensity) the more you burn. If you can do both in one session OR double up – you will burn a massive amount of calories.
Thermic effect in food
Eating 4-5 small meals throughout the day instead of 3 (or fewer) has an inconclusive effect on your beltline. So the benefit here might not be to lose inches necessarily. What this does do, is stop you from getting hungry between meals and making bad decisions on snacks. This method will also keep your blood sugar more stable. Ensuring you incorporate protein in every meal will increase the thermic effect your body will go through.
I personally subscribe to a 6 day per week training plan where I lift and complete HIIT cardio as well as MISS cardio. It’s all about variety, fun and hard work.
If you’re looking to fire up your routine and burn some extra fat or put on some lean gains, you know who to call!
Don’t keep aging, start “youthing”. Part of growing younger of course is exercise, the best kind happens outside and is NOT boring. Just the opposite actually, it’s fun. What’s fun about it you ask?
The most fun exercise is the kind that doesn’t feel like exercise at all. The kind where you are distracted by what is around you. Nature, conversation etc. It all comes down to your FOCUS.
Here are two easy hints to help you or keep you healing your body with exercise without feeling like your slaving away joylessly.
Exercise in nature.
Walk, run, swim, ski, swim and hike..not to mention sail, surf, spin,climb and dive.
As adults, we no longer think it’s “mature” to skip along in a game of hopscotch on the sidewalk or toss a Frisbee in the park. By keeping the ability to be playful, we can take out some of the “work” aspect of exercise.
Remember that it isn’t important about what other people think of you when you’re having fun. Looking stupid isn’t part of the equation. Elitists in any crowd are just plain annoying! Jealousy comes in all shapes in sizes, don’t let it take away your “youthing” energy!
That’s how I feel I need to start this post off because a lot of what I’ve been going through I did NOT expect. Especially getting emotionally attached to even just the idea of food.
By this point in my journey I’ve gotten 3 solid weeks into training, eating and adapting to my new life as a bodybuilder/fitness competitor. Do not mistake this adventure for light and fluffy. Your world changes and if you’re lucky (as I am) you will have a partner to be there for you.
Jeff started in on his own program about a week after me. His is of course to gain a bunch of muscle mass and lose fat. Needless to say, there are nights when I go to bed hungry while he’s struggling to shove a bunch of oatmeal down his throat. I’m sure I’ll be able to laugh at that soon enough, right?
Remember. It’s no drinking, no sugar, all vegan and pushing yourself to your physical and psychological limits – every day.
I am weight training 5 days per week. I have one rest day on Saturday where I still have to get in 1 hour of movement from hiking/yoga/biking or something as well as Fasted Cardio on Sunday mornings.
The longest workout time I have is about 1.5 hours – you have to move through them all quickly. Weight is heavy on top especially which I find challenging on the wrists. I ordered these WRIST WRAPS to keep me from hurting myself.
Weight training is broken up into body specific areas, I don’t skip any areas at all. With my weight training on Monday/Weds/Friday I also do 30 minutes of pretty intense cardio and Abs.
Legs twice per week PLUS some leg related cardio that makes me cry. No, really, I cry.
The new work out program is intense. I left myself only 12 weeks to get into competition shape and I’ve had to observe some pretty BIG workouts in my mind. I have heard of a lot tougher regimes and had I been in bad shape, I don’t think I would have attempted to get past week one let alone getting totally ripped in 12 weeks time.
With this being said, I’m tired. A lot. Not the kind of tired where I think I may have contracted mono, but the type of tired that you get when you go mountaineering for a week or when you work out 7 days a week as hard as you can.
I sleep at least 7 hours per night and aside from getting up to pee a couple of times, I’m out like a light.
This part is easy – for now. I’m taking in about 4 litres of water from my Nalgene and then having tea/coffee/shakes as well so I’m actually over what my requirement is. This has been a piece of cake BUT I’m a big water drinker and it was common for me to drink at least 2-3 litres per day prior to this.
For a foodie. I am bored as all hell. I really need to start pepping up my meals because a third week of tempeh and spinach might put me over the edge.
Very few protein shakes which is surprising but decent because I’m not sure I like the flavour of my new Iron Vegan protein. I’ll have to get back to you all on that. So far it doesn’t mix very well and kind of gets to the consistency of chia pudding when used in smoothies. I was taken off of Vega and told that the pea protein has too many carbs but is ok in the off season.
For a vegan you’re eating a lot of tempeh, garbanzos, navy beans, quinoa, lentils etc…the spices I purchased from Flavor God help, but they’re no replacement for greater diversity in the kitchen.
I’m getting 1 reload meal per week which means I can having something delicious and filling to look forward to. That doesn’t mean fast food or crap food. Still whole foods with a tonne of nutrients, just no measuring cups and scales.
I can’t tell you how much it sucks to have your reload meal thwarted. I nearly broke down this weekend when I was forgotten about at a wedding and there was nothing for me to eat but dry white pan bread and craisins. I can’t have sugar. The only thing I was looking forward to was taken away from me – I felt like my whole world crumbled. 2 days later and I’m still lamenting. Yeesh.
Personal Care Regime
Each morning before I eat I take in some warm water and lemon followed by an assortment of vitamin supplements. My favourite vitamins are Mega Food and I’ve always taken D, C, B Complex and Blood Builder religiously.
I’ve also added: BCAA’s, Glutamine, L-Carnitine and Greens/Spirulina and DIM daily.
This is taking a little getting used to. I have to shower, scrub and moisturize twice per day. I HATE the feeling of being greasy but I still do it. I slipped a bit while travelling over the weekend but I definitely moisturize at least once.
Then there is dry brushing. I had one of these energy brushes in my possession already so I didn’t have to pick it up. I think you can still buy them at Shoppers or London Drugs / Walgreens etc… I never really liked the idea of dry brushing because it’s very scratchy. I do this 2-3 times per week as well after showering on dry skin.
All of this stuff in the hopes that my spray tan will apply better and more evenly etc…
My Federation this go round
The federation that I am competing in is the INBF Canada. This is a natural bodybuilding federation – that means no artificial ANYTHING. We get tested and put through lie detector testing.
Each federation has their own unique posing requirements. You really need to get to know this – something I am finding a bit frustrating as my coach is a BCABBA/Arnold competitor so she isn’t 100% on it herself. I’ve sent an email to the federation asking for instructions as their website is still leaving me with question marks over my head. Do not be afraid to ask questions of your federation!!!
Here are the basics of what my posing/routine is to look like:
You will execute poses at four locations:
1st Location: Rear Center stage-(front pose)
2nd Location: Front Right side of stage – (side pose facing center stage)
3rd Location: Front Center stage-(front & rear pose)
4th Location: Front Left Side of stage-(side pose facing center stage)
Return to end of line….
I’ve been practicing posing and let me tell you…IT HURTS! Yes, it hurts. You’re holding your breath, half flexing, half sucking in…it’s a hot mess (if you’re doing in right). These are some of my first posing attempts while camping.
I practice every day – at least 5 to 10 minutes per day. Getting the feeling of what the right pose is will be the most important thing for my big day.
Tattoo cover ups
As you all know, I am full of tattoos. This means that my body can look uneven on stage. I have opted to purchase some tattoo cover up cream and have the lady I am using for a spray tan apply this before my tan. I was recommended a product by my coach. I will be posting this up if it arrives successfully to my door!
The shoes for these shows are all standard Lucite 5″ heels unless otherwise directed. Luckily, I’ve been dancing and walking in mega heels for years so they do not scare me off.
My first pair were ordered online and delivered quickly however, their measurement system was completely off so I had to rush out and buy new ones. Luckily a local adult/sex shop had the same shoes but with straps. I opted for THESE. I ended up paying about 35% more than if I ordered online so be aware of that and order online if you have time to wait for delivery.
I’ve adopted wearing a waist trainer all day as well as during workouts. I’ve had to purchase a second waist trainer for daily wear. They are made of latex and neoprene and are pretty comfortable and don’t leave marks.
The first one I bought from Make Me Heal and it ended up being great and fast however about $30 more than the others I ordered from Squeem directly. I purchased a 34/small and within a week could close up to the second row. I’m on and off the row because it gives me a bit of a headache.
Training in them is not for the faint of heart at first but you will get used to it. I have to add that the actual Squeem brand isn’t lined as nicely as the other one I bought, so you may need to buy an additional wrap to stop the unit from marking up your skin. Pain in the butt.
The other not-so-sexy addition to my life has been these horrible neoprene shorts that are supposed to be good for reducing cellulite etc… I also got these from Make Me Heal. Ugh. I wear them nightly to bed as well as during at least 1 cardio session per week – usually my fasted cardio on the weekend. These are UGLY but also comical.
Progress pics update
So HERE I am 2 full weeks going onto 3 weeks in. Day 2 of my period and not at all feeling like taking semi-nude pictures. I am not sure if all the training has brought on my period early or what, but it showed up 1.5 weeks early as well. Something to note and keep track of.
These pics are my second set sent to my coach with comments. I’m not seeing any progress in these however, in another couple of weeks I’m sure I’ll have some ability to see change. Patience is NOT my thing, but I know that I’ve made a lot of changes and the benefits are going to start rolling in.
Over the last few days at my office most employees seem to have picked up a sniffle, cough, hack or sneezing disease which I have been completely immune to. At this time of year I often wonder what it is exactly that gets people so run down that they inadvertently let sickness in. In the hopes that they would help themselves with a little help, I passed on some wisdom to them via email.
I am in the in-house health and nutrition consultant after all. Maybe you’ll let some of this work for you too!
” From the looks and sounds of it, we are under attack by some kind of virus or several viruses. There are a number of things you can do to prevent illness and speed up recovery.
Sleep – the body needs recovery time. There’s an article in the kitchen for you to read up on.
Exercise – don’t stagnate & stress out. Keep strong and purge physical and emotional toxins with movement. Any kind, 25 minutes per day.
Nutrition – you are what you eat. Fast food, lots of meat & dairy slow down your system and tax it heavily JUST to digest what you’re eating. If your gut spends its life digesting it’s taking a lot of energy away from your immune system. You’re also taking away precious recharge time with MORE digestion. Eat HIGH alkaline foods that are easily digested.
Things to avoid – alcohol, mass amounts of caffeine, drugs, late nights, stress, mass amounts of meat.
Hygiene – throw away old Kleenexes immediately after use, wash hands frequently, wipe down your workstations daily, use hand sanitizer, wash hands after shaking hands, opening doors and before you eat, cough/sneeze into your arm, wear a mask while contagious or out in public.
Sleep : your body needs rest. Put down the remote and have a nap, turn on the humidifier while you do!
Fluids : Warm water with lemon and honey. Hydrating and encourages mucus to take virus away. Also see prevention.
Nutrition : Warm soups like garlic or bone broths – clears sinuses and packed with nutrients. Try a “hot toddy”. Alcohol takes the medicinal qualities of foods/herbs directly to our bloodstream.
RECIPE: 1 oz brandy, ¾ cup hot water, 1 tsp honey, juice of ½ lemon – add ginger or licorice root or any other immunity boosting herb. Steep for 5-10 minutes and drink.
Hygiene is the most important part of keeping healthy. If you keep clean it’s half the battle. The other half of the battle is staying healthy. I have an annual talk I used to give on influenza, in part of it I asked the audience:
“If you were given ONE car to drive for the rest of your life, how would you treat it?”
Your body is that vehicle and a reflection of who you are and what matters to you most – start with YOU. If you are healthy and happy and taken care of you can help your family and friends do the same for themselves.
The weather is so much nicer out now and this means (hopefully) that you are all out getting some sunshine and exercise. With movement comes fitness and inevitably, injury. Here are some foods to consume/avoid should you become injured or suffer from chronic pain. Get lots of rest and see a doctor if any pain persists longer than a week or two.
Do your best to minimize inflammation in your body for a speedy recovery. As a general rule avoid the “Three P’s” Processed, packaged or prepared foods. If that’s all you remember, you’re ahead of the pack.
Inflammatory foods to avoid/speed up healing:
Hydrogenated / trans fats – margarine, shortening, lard (foods like cookies/pies/buns that are made with them)
Meat & poultry – avoid while injured, seek out lean & clean proteins like fish, beans and legumes.
White sugar, pop, juices
Synthetic sweeteners – Splenda/aspartame
Additives – sulfites/benzoates and colourings like F/D/C #100 etc…