Even More Steak and Eggs: Plus Plants vs. Animals!
I know we already have four threads devoted to Steak and Eggs, but I'm going to throw my hat into the ring anyway. I'm a little late to the party, so I'm going to begin tomorrow and extend the challenge out four weeks from there. Quick background:
25 year old male
5' 9" 174 pounds, ~16% body fat
I normally follow a leangains regimen with compound barbell exercises 3x weekly with lazy macro cycling and 90% primal food. I eat one meal a day at 6:30 PM and I'll be doing the same with steak and eggs. I fast intermittently and frequently so if 100% adherence to this challenge is possible for anyone, it is for me. I'm tentatively going to steak and egg for four weeks from tomorrow, though if I get results beyond expectations, I'll carry it a few more from there.
After the SO and I went shopping for my meat and meat, she watched me delicately packing the 12 lbs of raw beef into zip top bags and said, "you know, I'm gonna go vegan for 4 weeks, just to balance you out." She normally eats almost as much meat, cheese, and yogurt as I do so it'll be tough for her too. I'm already jealous of her lettuce and broccoli though... So here we go. Plants vs. Animals. On my one carb refeed day per week, she's going to have some animal products and I'm going to OD on dates, yogurt, blueberries, and pancakes.
8.25 lbs steaks, some sirloin and some top round cut from a single roast
4 lbs grass-fed organic 85% ground beef
48 organic, cage free eggs
4 sticks butter
heavy cream and half & half
Let's do it!
Last edited by ajm422; 05-03-2013 at 06:31 PM.
This should be interesting.
Cool idea! I would take measurements and body fat %. Make sure you do the same intensity of training and lets see the results. I realize men and women quite often respond differently but it will be fascinating to compare results.
I love the face off picture! How long before you are using those forks to grab off the other's plate?
Neat idea-will be interesting to see tbe outcome
It's like Thunderdome for food. This is awesome.
(I'm rooting for animals)
Day 1 was fantastic. We walked all over DC, gardened, lifted weights, and ate vegan/meat. For lunch she had a salad with beans, and I had beef liver and 6 scrambled eggs. For dinner she had a pepper stuffed with veggies and I had 19 oz of sirloin and 3 eggs, sunny side up. Lots of butter all around, and I had a glass of wine with dinner. My workout was amazing - so much energy. Can't imagine being sick of steak and eggs!
With respect to training, we both do the exact same regimen. It's a reverse pyramid type setup utilizing compound barbell exercises, low volume, and very high intensity. Most days we walk around in varying degrees of sore. Here is our weekly setup:
Deadlift 1: 4-6 reps at 90% 1RM
Deadlift 2: 6-8 reps at 75% 1RM
Deadlift 3: 8-10 reps at 65% 1RM
Shrugs: 3 sets of 10 reps at a high intensity, usually failing on the final rep
Bench press 1: 6-8 reps at 90% 1RM
Bench press 2: 8-10 reps at 70% 1RM
Bench press 3: 10-12 reps at 60% 1RM
One-arm DB rows: 3 sets of 10 reps
Overhead triceps press: 3 sets of 10 reps
Squat 1: 6-8 reps at 90% 1RM
Squat 2: 8-10 reps at 75% 1RM
Squat 3: 10-12 reps at 65% 1RM
Weighted chinups 1: 8-10 reps + 15 lbs
Weighted chinups 2: 10-12 reps + 5 lbs
Weighted chinups 3: 12-15 reps at bodyweight
(she can only do a few chinups so she does barbell rows instead)
Weighted dips 1: 8-10 reps + 25 lbs
Weighted dips 2: 10-12 reps + 15 lbs
Weighted dips 3: 12-15 reps + 5 lbs
DB chest flys: 3 sets
Lately my energy has been high and my recovery periods have been shortening so I toss in the Saturday workout. My chest is disproportionately weak compared to my deadlifts and squats so I want to get extra volume in. The SO sticks to the 3 days per week training. With respect to other exercise, I LOATHE running, so I get my movements in by bicycling to work (6 miles round trip, 5x per week) and she does yoga 4-5 days per week.
We'll see how the fat loss goes! So far I'm a little alarmed at how fast the weight is coming off. Though I only started this diet in earnest yesterday, I spent 3-4 days beforehand easing into it. I started the week at 179.2. This morning I'm 172.0. Mostly water, I know, but it's still wild to see how low the scale will go in the morning.
Great photos! I got a chuckle out of the face-off, glad to see you are having fun with this. It is interesting to see the weight drop so fast initially, I would only get a bit concerned if your workouts stopped progressing and your strength decreases.
This looks very interesting, plus it sounds like an adorable, fun project to do together. Looking forward to updates and results!