One month in a 1 Stone down.
Started doing Tabata Intervals yesterday – which are great for people who want to boost their metabolism, aerobic capacity and VO2 Max with a very small time input – in fact, just 4 minutes a day!
- Pick an exercise (e.g. sprints – running or bike, squats, jumping jacks, dumbell presses, you name it)
- Warm up
- Do as many reps of your chosen exercise as you can in 20 seconds
- Rest for 10 seconds
- Repeat steps 3 and 4 eight times.
Primal Blueprint – Update
Four days into radically changing my eating in accordance with the Primal Blueprint.
So, four days without bread, pasta, rice, potatoes, beans and pulses. I really thought I couldn’t do it. The foods listed about made up a huge amount of my normal intake and were in food terms, my best friends. But here I am, not craving any of them, not feeling bloated or hungry and not experiencing that ‘boom to bust’ sugar feeling that I used to get when eating lots of carbs.
I’ve been exercising normally – lots of walking, commute-paced cycling, plus some weights and today, 1 ½ hours of swimming with Harry and his friend. No food cravings, no feeling that I’m running on empty.
I don’t feel that my digestive system is working overtime anymore and my moods seem really stable, something which in the past, fluctuated with my sugar intake. I used to blame caffeine, but now I think I’ve found the culprit.
Looking forward to my first weigh in on Tuesday morning, where I’ll find out if there has been an initial loss. To be honest I won’t be too fazed if there isn’t. I’m not ‘dieting’ in the conventional sense. So if I lose it slowly but find a way of eating that I can stick with for life, without obsessive calorie counting or self-flagellation, or indeed obsessive exercising, all the better.
Spent last night reading Mark Sisson’s excellent interview in the Rivendell Reader and I’m really struck with the Primal Blueprint exercise and diet concept.
Mark is a former endurance athlete and expert in nutrition and exercise, best known for his site Mark’s Daily Apple. On his site, Mark has built a community of like minded individuals who have followed his regimen of low carb eating and exercise focussed squarely in the fat burning zone.
The primal bit comes in because the dietary and exercise patterns mirror that of the hunter-gatherer, whose diet would have been mostly protein and fat based, and who would have engaged in lots of low level aerobic exercise.
My exercise habits tend to follow the Primal Blueprint laws which are:
- Move frequently at a slow pace
- Lift heavy things
- Run really fast once in a while
However my diet has always tended towards the high carb bread, pasta, rice and potato focussed diet that is everywhere in our culture and which only became the fuel of choice when hunter gatherers became farmers, planting grains or starchy tubers and using these as their staple. According to Primal Blueprint theory, that’s when the rot set in.
I’m going to blog my progress on the Primal Blueprint and let you know how I get on.
Here are my starting stats:
- Height: 6ft
- Weight: 14st 5lbs
- BP: 120/68
- Body Fat: 27%
- BMI: 28
I’ve limited my carbs for the last 24 hours, eating plenty of oily fish, vegetables and just getting minimal carbs from fruit. Weird thing is I don’t feel hungry at all…
Time will tell but I think this could change my relationship with food for life. I’m that excitied.
More info: http://www.marksdailyapple.com/