I am doing a 30 days challenge, and I am announcing in my blog before I start.
Why am I doing this?
I am inspired by Tim Ferris “Slow Carb Diet Program”, one of the chapter in his book, The 4 Hour Body, where he claims he lost 9kg (20 pounds) in 30 days – without doing sports. All he did was stick to a strict diet, but he can enjoy whatever food he want on Saturday (cheat day), be it pizza, beer or pasta.
If I can complete this challenge, you can too.
Since all the festive seasons are finally over, I have no excuses to say “I can eat whatever I want lah, once a year only mah“. This will be a strict diet, and I am announcing this in my blog to hold myself accountable.
If I didn’t stick to this plan¹, I will give away my gym membership at Core Fitness (10 month subscription – more details on this in later post).
Ante up, fat boy.
These are the rules I’ll implement into my diet program:
Rule #1: Avoid “white” carbohydrates
No rice and bread and cereal and potatoes and pastas and fried food with breading – anything that’s carbohydrate. I can only consume these food within 30 minutes of doing resistance training.
Rule #2: Repeat the same meal over and over again
Yes, that’ll bored me to death. But as long as it brings result, I am up for the challenge.
In the book, Tim sticks to 3 main groups of food.
1) Proteins – egg whites, chicken breast or thigh, beef, fish, pork.
2) Legumes – black beans, pinto beans, red beans and soybeans.
3) Vegetables – spinach, broccoli, peas, green beans, spinach, mix vegetables.
Eat as much as you like of the above food, but keep it simple.
Rule #3: Don’t drink calories
Drink massive quantities of water. Do not drink milk, soft drinks, fruit juice. Wine is fine, but limit.
Rule #4: Don’t eat fruit
Reason behind this is because fruits are mainly fructose, simply known as sugar. You can eat as much as you like during Saturday.
Rule #5: Take one day off per week
Tim refer Saturday as Dieters Gone Wild (DGW) day. I am allowed to eat whatever I want on Saturdays – ice cream, biscuits, fruits, beers, pizza, anything!
The reason behind this is, quote from book “dramatically spiking caloric intake in this way once per week increases fat-loss by ensuring that your metabolic rate [...] doesn’t downshift from extended caloric restriction.”
Eating pure crap can make me lose weight how’s that?
I do not have weighing scale at home, so I am measuring my progress with measuring tape. Tim also advices measuring tape is the best approach since gauging my weigh base on weighing scale is not accurate if i’m gaining muscle weight.
This is my current measurement:
Chest: 41 inches
Stomach: 42 inches
Hip (largest circumference of the ass): 43 inches
Jeans size: 38
Weight: 100.6kg (weigh in at clinic on 15th Feb 2011)
Am I doing any sport in this 30 days challenge?
Yes. Moderately. Possibly 1-2 badminton and 1-2 gym weekly, will include frequencies in final report.
I will not proceed this challenge in under these unforeseen circumstances:
1) Falling sick – I want to finish this challenge with a healthy body, not spoil it.
2) … if I can come up with other excuses soon
So that’s it! The challenge starts NOW.
On the 30th day, I will be posting my result in this blog, which includes before and after photos. Yes, I am revealing my sexy body.
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¹ — If I stick to the plan, but didn’t lose 9kg.. I still win hahahahhaha.