I told you in my last post that I was a bit disappointed to see that my weight didn’t change after all these efforts to run fast, at least twice a week, and without taking ephedrine! So I decided to start a smart diet to boost my fat burn, hopefully in the midsection… OK, but what kind of diet?
Choosing a Diet with the Pros
I have the chance to have diet specialists around me so I use it 😉
I had a long discussion with my two preferred experts, my wife first, and our friend Laurence who is endocrinologist. I told them about the fact that running more didn’t have any effect on losing fat and that I wanted to go to the next level. Their answer surprised me: according to them, a diet was not really necessary, it was just a question of time, I had to be patient! They told me also that reducing my number of calories during this demanding period would only lower my metabolism, my energy level and it would make things so hard that I would be at risk of injury when running or losing motivation in the best case.
Do What You Want!
So here is what I decided: do what you want, don’t listen to the experts 😉
I know it’s stupid but I can’t help it: I had decided to go on a smart diet and instead of recommending something helpful they just ask me to change my mind! No way 😉
To be honest I was a bit afraid of this slow metabolism thing and I knew I wouldn’t have the support of ephedrine during that period, I know from experience how hard it can be to go running when your energy level is just enough to move you from bed, to bathroom, to kitchen 🙂
So here is what I decided to change:
- No calorie counting in the beginning, I will see later
- No hunger, so ok to increase my meal size between running days
- Focus on good healthy foods
- A few strict rules, no cheating
- No more bread during lunch
- No more refined sugar, for example in coffee
- No more sauces/dressings because most are industrial and full of bad calories
- No more alcohol except during the weekend – this one hurts 🙁
I have started this “smart” diet two weeks ago so it’s not enough to have solid results yet, I will give you a feedback later on. My impressions so far is that it’s much harder than I thought. Changing your habits (eating habits or any others) is definitely a challenge.
Considering the health benefits, I will keep on running, even if it’s hard. Hopefully I will see more progress in the coming months.
There is also something I have in mind since Japan but don’t know how to “implement” it: I know that sitting for long periods of time is very bad for your health – we have medical evidence about it, see this study for instance . Now with my activity tracker I clearly see I don’t walk enough during the week, sitting at a desk for hours. I would like to sit less and to increase my energy expenditure all week long, and not only when running. What scared me was this article from Mayo Clinic:
“Any extended sitting — such as behind a desk at work or behind the wheel — can be harmful. What’s more, spending a few hours a week at the gym or otherwise engaged in moderate or vigorous activity doesn’t seem to significantly offset the risk.”
So this is definitely to be explored: how to sit less and move more outside of proper exercises (running). This would result in progressive efforts, so probably regular results also, all week long and not only during running days, I have to figure that out.
It was like a revelation for me: thanks to the activity tracker built in my running watch, I realized by facts that my “number of steps per day” was quite low, far from the official recommendations .
I really love my running watch 🙂 I say it in each post now because I’d like to convince you: activity trackers are awesome, they really are a game changer if you are serious about your weight and health. My wife has bought one 🙂
Considering all the efforts and the lack of results, I see two possible ways in the coming months:
1) I could reduce my calorie intake while keeping the same energy expenditure – making this experience even harder!
2) Or I may finally introduce ephedrine or ephedra again to have more energy, less appetite, a higher metabolism and much quicker fat burn. The only point is that it is not compatible with HIIT sessions…
We will see.. In all cases, I will keep you informed 🙂
 From Biswas A et al, in Annals of Internal Medicine, 2015;162(2):123-132:
“Sedentary Time and Its Association With Risk for Disease Incidence, Mortality, and Hospitalization in Adults: A Systematic Review and Meta-analysis”
Conclusion: Prolonged sedentary time was independently associated with deleterious health outcomes regardless of physical activity.
 From Tudor-Locke C, Bassett DR Jr. in Sports Med. 2004:
“How many steps/day are enough? Preliminary pedometer indices for public health.”
Based on currently available evidence, we propose the following preliminary indices be used to classify pedometer-determined physical activity in healthy adults:
- <5000 steps/day may be used as a ‘sedentary lifestyle index’;
- 5000-7499 steps/day is typical of daily activity excluding sports/exercise and might be considered ‘low active’;
- 7500-9999 likely includes some volitional activities (and/or elevated occupational activity demands) and might be considered ‘somewhat active’;
- >or=10000 steps/day indicates the point that should be used to classify individuals as ‘active’.
- Individuals who take >12500 steps/day are likely to be classified as ‘highly active’.