Pinch, punch first of the month and all that! As it’s 1st September, I thought what a better way to start the month than with a trip to my savage scales. Although I am definitely NOT a believer in weighing yourself or defining yourself by numbers, I was intrigued to see how my past few weeks of increased calories and carby creations had affected me! To be honest, I was expecting the worst. I mean, surely if you’re eating more, you’re going to weight more? Right?
Turns out I’m down 3 pounds and dropped 2% body fat since coming back from my hollibobs – where I shamefully cut carbs right down! Now, this isn’t a ‘woo go me, aren’t I amazing?’ But actually more of a WTF?! Like I’ve said many times before, I am not someone with an array of nutrition qualifications (one day, don’t worry!) – but more someone who’s constantly learning what works best for her. And, it seems like high carbs and high cals are working for me. Never thought I’d be saying that. Wow.
Sooooo… naturally as I am a creature of over sharing. I thought why not let you lovely people in on the 3 changes I’ve made since getting back, that I think have helped in this weight/body fat loss! Obviously it differs for everyone, but either way you might find it interesting! Like I said previously, I’m not a qualified dietician or anything of the sort – but I love a good bit of Google & an interesting article. Not a nerd. Maybe.
Here ya go!
- Increased carbs – Over the last fortnight I’ve upped my carbs from around 170g to 240g – don’t copy my macros though! They differ for everyone. Honestly, whenever I increase my carbs I train so much harder and better. My body literally thrives off it & I’ve started to feel leaner from it. Your body burns fat so much more efficiently from lifting! I don’t really limit my carb sources & will happily enjoy white rice over brown rice! Sounds a bit ridiculous, but there’s so many people/sources telling you ‘don’t eat white carbs!’ – it’s rubbish. As I track my macros quite flexibly, I allow for things like white rice & popcorn as long as it fits. You don’t need to be living that quinoa and chicken life!
- Decreasing protein & increasing fat intake – I’ve been looking a lot into optimum protein levels for people depending on their activity levels etc & came to the realisation that I’ve actually be taking in TOO MUCH protein (I am still learning pls don’t hate) Essentially, too much protein can go to waste and end up being stored as fat. SO, I took the plunge and dropped my intake from 1g protein per pound of body weight, to 0.8g. Not really a plunge, but a change up & it’s really worked for me! In doing so, I increased my fat sources, which my body loves. It helps healthy digestion & I actually feel a lot less bloated! Plus, it means peanut butter at every meal. YAS B.
- Lastly, cardio. Ok. We all hate it. It’s awful. It’s dull. I feel to cry even discussing it. No you don’t always need it to lean out – some are very fortunate in that they never have to do it! But for me, my body stores fat like wilddddd fiaaaare. So, I’ve just been keeping on top with 3 X 30 minute stair climber workouts a week (find it on my insta – @ajhfitness !) No 10k runs, or hour long sprint sessions. Just 90 mins spread over a week. I hate doing it, but I love the benefits!
I hope you found this interesting! If you have any tips or can relate, please do let me know! I’m on a constant learning journey :’) bless me…
Lots of love,
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