28 days later: time for the results.
At the outset of this experiment, the hypothesis was that I could engage in behavior modification, making small changes to my daily routine, and see results.
I would say that qualitatively, my hypothesis played out.
I didn’t cut out all sugar or grains, or only eat grass-fed, organic, artisanal beef. I just made sure that I was eating real food, and not gorging myself on entire pints of Ben & Jerry’s or eating the whole 10″ pizza and fries. I did cut out my daily trip to Starbucks for chai lattes (I only do that once a week) and I did cut soda out of my diet (again, maybe once per week with the soda).
For comparison to when I started:
|Body Fat %||22.30%||20.90%||-1.40%|
With just these small changes, I lost 7.3 pounds and my body fat came down almost 1.5%. I believe that by continuing this course that I will continue to see positive gains on this front.
On the qualitative front:
Moving into Phase 2, the plan is to now increase my exercise output. I would like to add 1-2 hours of exercise into my routine each week. This is in addition to my regular training 2 days a week at Semper Fi MMA Academy. The challenge here: I’m currently injured. My shoulder has been inflamed for the last 2-3 weeks, and I hurt my knee training yesterday, so it will likely be a couple of weeks before I can enact this part of the plan.