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  • Cal-Cycling Challenge (April)

    My goal: 3 days of low cal/high fat/low carb; 2 days of medium cals with high carb (120 g) and 2 days of free-style eating, but trying to do approximate high fat/low carb and high carb-low fat split on the weekend.

    Okay, the best I can do today for a food plan without scaring myself with how little food it is, is the ~1200 calories; it's always hard to estimate with ribs, because they always have the 'yield after bone removed, and who the heck removes the bone before eating? I tried to integrate all the suggestions into a high fat/high saturated fat day with a lunch that is basically a slow treat at work, so I can stretch it as I work the afternoon away.

    Today's activity is ~ 90 min walking (bus & lunch) and some 30 min intervals on a bike.

    PB: Butter tea with 10 g butter
    B: 4 eggs poached in 1 cup broth
    L: 50 g macademia nuts, 2 Brazil nuts, 4 radishes
    D: 100 g lamb ribs meat with ~ 2 cups salad & home made mayo
    PD: 40 g home-made goat quark
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    When I let go of what I am, I become what I might be.

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    Originally posted by Leida View Post
    My goal: 3 days of low cal/high fat/low carb; 2 days of medium cals with high carb (120 g) and 2 days of free-style eating, but trying to do approximate high fat/low carb and high carb-low fat split on the weekend.
    120g carbs is not high carb

    free-style eating?

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    • #3
      STOP MEASURING. STOP COUNTING.

      You need to take a break from all of it. What's a month break from the 3 long years that it took to improve with extremely diminishing returns?

      This is seriously borderline eating disorder. This is how I was before, and it's no way to live at all.

      Who cares about an extra 5% body fat if you're never going to be healthy? If you're going to always obsess? Who are you trying to impress anyway? I suggest you solve any underlying issues with your confidence and self-worth before tackling anything close to trying to minimize body fat. This sounds harsh, but you really need to. Please. I am really concerned about you.
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      • #4
        wait, what's the theory behind all this? please relax. this is ridiculous.

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        • #5
          All right, I'm in.

          My goal is to lose, so, I'm doing 1000 cals on M,W,F and 1600 cals the other
          days to average about 1350 per day at the end of the week. Target deficit
          per day average at the end of the week 750 = 1.5lbs loss per week.

          Starting stats are:

          5'3.5
          128.2lbs
          96lbs lbm*
          32lbs fat, bones, etc....*
          *per DEXA - not some jacked up handheld impedence horseshit.
          43yo

          Happy around 118-120.

          Been drinking wayyyyy too much wine with the husband >cough<everyotherday<cough> which
          needs to stop cuz I've obviously blubbered myself up 10 pounds.

          At the tail end of LadyTime, so I expect some water weight to shift off lickety split and then
          it's going to be slow-ass going from there.

          Hoping to be where I want by June 5th or so, but we'll see how bad I suck and don't follow
          through.

          My average burn per day is anywhere from 2100 cals to 2500 cals, but I've learned not to
          pay attention to THAT nonsense, because it really is all about what you put in your mouth
          and not the amount of exercise you to to "pay for the food". Otherwise I'd be a rail.

          Will report today's food tomorrow.


          Today's workout:

          Romanian Deadlift - 3X8
          Lunges - 3X8
          Lat Pulldown - 3X8
          Arnold Presses - 3X8
          Dumbbell Row - 3X8
          Low Incline Dumbbell Press - 3X8
          Back Extension - 2X8

          Hamster Wheel - 30min - 3.5mph.

          Hadn't been to the gym since March 6th, so the above
          just about killed me.


          Julie

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          • #6
            Julie, how do you calculate your calorie expenditure?

            Nice workout. What's the hamster wheel? Is that like running on the treadmill on all fours? XD
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            • #7
              I have a Bodybugg.

              You put in a pile of information and it tells you
              what your burn is (depending on what you're doing),
              how many steps you take, how many cals you burn is
              for sitting on your ass, walking as slow as molasses in January,
              or sprints, or weight training., etc, etc.

              When you plug it into the computer, it will even say "HEY FATASS!
              YOU HAVE 360 MORE CALORIES TO BURN FOR THE DAY!"

              Okay, it doesn't call me names, but it might motivate me more
              if it did.

              Naw, the hamster wheel is just what I call the treadmill.

              All fours would be interesting though.

              Wouldn't be half as weird as some of the stupid shit I've seen
              people do on the treadmill. Good lord people, get a hobby already.

              Ah well, if it makes them happy!

              And to the dude doing bicep curls in the power cage today?

              Here is my middle finger.

              Toolbox.

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              • #8
                Look, folks, I appreciate the concern, but could you just trust me that when I don't count, pounds pile up like mad? I just went to BC to visit mom for school break with my wee one, and spend a week riding a bike, swimming, not counting, eating PB, no sweet flavors... gained 5 lbs... gained another 2 lbs after I came back because I did not feel like counting.... Slowly losing it off now by counting. Other than that, I dunno why you think I am stressed out about counting, I am not. It is just another science project, and my health is perfectly normal, I've never had a single problem identified by doctors, except one time, my sugar was on the high side of normal, and that was not confirm by fasting glucose & like 10 years ago my iron was really low because I did not eat red meat for a year. Honestly, if I were anorexic, I would actually stick to the plans I make, not eat extra food, because I am hungry.

                I am doing Lean Gain only without fasting window, since fasting currently does bad things to me, eating higher carb (1 g per lb of body fat) on lifting days and 0.5 g per lb on non-lifting days. Lean Gain doesn't give much in terms of recommendations, so I took it from the Muscle and Fitness book (the chapter on the adjusted carb consumption).

                Did not make it through Monday food plan. Came hungry after the class in the evening, so had mushed cauliflower with ham. Totals came up to ~ 1500 cals, 106 g fat, 40 g carb, 112 g protein (61 % fat). It is hard with an extended day, got up at 4 am, and did not go to bed til 10:30 pm.

                Will try to keep the day shorter on Wednesday, and maybe try to do the whole 90% of cals from fat idea. Wed is my recovery day, so maybe sticking to walking and yard stuff will help me with hunger.

                High carb day today, see if a high carb day is easier to manage; I am thinking to cut it down to 1,300 cals from 1,600 since I went 300 cals over yesterday, kind of adding up yesterdays late night meal to today's breakfast.

                Workout today is Kettlebells and a follow up HIT tri-set for shoulders.
                My Journal: http://www.marksdailyapple.com/forum/thread57916.html
                When I let go of what I am, I become what I might be.

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                • #9
                  Eat real food. Avoid grains, seed oils, and excess omega 6. Eat when hungry and stop when your not. Take the time and energy that you spend on calorie counting and food measuring and use it to focus on some of the other issues that affect health and fitness such as stress, sleep, sun exposure, etc.
                  My blog: My Primal Adventure

                  "I've come here to chew bubble gum and kick ass...and I'm all out of bubble gum."

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                  • #10
                    Skink, for most women what you suggest result in a relatively high body fat level. I have experienced it myself, for a few months while adapting to eating the paleo/primal way and doing Whole 30. If you read Mark's articles and iirc in PB 101 itself that women do need to work with calorie counting and macros to become leaner. That is what I am doing while paying attention to all other things you have mentioned, taking PB one step beyond the basics. 'tis all.
                    My Journal: http://www.marksdailyapple.com/forum/thread57916.html
                    When I let go of what I am, I become what I might be.

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                    • #11
                      It's stress when you feel like you need to squeeze in a 30 min running session at the gym instead of slowly walking and enjoying the outdoors in between errands.
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                      Unusual food recipes (plus chocolate) blog

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                      • #12
                        Leida if you really think that you gained 5lbs of FAT in one week, you are worse off than I thought...

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                        • #13
                          Stats from yesterday 04/23/02:

                          916- Cals
                          83- Protein
                          110- Carbs
                          17- Fat

                          Cals Burned 2088
                          Deficit - 1172
                          Steps - 12,499
                          Hours of Activity - 2hrs 50min


                          Today is 1600 calorie and Walking Day.

                          May do a 5 miler - we'll see how I feel. I'm still kinda
                          wiped out from The Plague that we all had over spring
                          break, but feeling SO MUCH BETTER that I just might weep
                          with joy.

                          I haven't been that sick since elementary school = A Really Long Time

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                          • #14
                            The biggest change in my life, beyond what I eat, how I exercise or how I sleep, is the simple freedom that the Primal Blueprint has afforded me. I eat when I’m hungry and stop when I’m full. If I’m running late for work, it won’t kill me to skip breakfast. Some mornings I don’t feel like lifting weights, or doing sprints, so I don’t feel guilty for just taking a walk, or doing no workout at all. I don’t have to measure every serving of food and count every calorie, and make sure I burn off a certain number of calories on the treadmill in order to lose weight. I can eat meat, and fat, and eggs in butter without the fear of getting fat again. I can be free… free to eat, to run, to breathe, to live Primally.

                            Diana
                            Quote from one of the more impressive success stories. A women who achieved excellent body composition.
                            My blog: My Primal Adventure

                            "I've come here to chew bubble gum and kick ass...and I'm all out of bubble gum."

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                            • #15
                              I think this is a good challenge--I'm trying to do it but without the exact counting because that's not good for me. Tbh my body kind of likes eating this way naturally anyways. I see nothing wrong with people doing it as long as it doesn't take over their life and turn into an actual eating disorder! It's a fun challenge/project, I like doing stuff like that lol
                              "The mountains are calling and I must go."
                              --John Muir


                              "I don't know what's wrong with me, but I love this shit."
                              --Tommy Caldwell


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