2013-06-09

a cup of coffee and a glass of tomato juice.../09jun13

My contest prep diet so far has been successful. I started 53kg at the end of May, decrease8d to 51kg last week, and now I weigh 50kg now on Sunday, 09jun13.

Plan to reduce to 49-48kg in 09-15jun13.
47-48kg in 16-22jun13. And 46kg on 15july13, for Tokyo Weight Category Contest.

My secret? There's not much. I just religiously check my nutrition with Nutrition Apps.

http://www.facebook.com/NutritionistApp?fref=ts

But then I do eat cheat meals once in a while. Maybe once or twice a week.


I don't believe cheat meals have physiological effects as some people state... Like cheat meals boost your metabolism and thus burns more fat...blah blah blah...

Rather, I guess cheat meals work more like stress release. I always eat cheat meals on weekends and then sleep lazily till noon.  This does decrease my weight 1kg or more...

Bro-science??? I don't care. I do what works for me.


Now this one has more solid science behind and it really works...

Try drinking a cup of coffee in the morning and before workout. And a glass of tomato juice before bed.

Caffeine is a natural enegery/metabolic booster. And tomato has lycopene.
I'm not sure why before bed.  But I can sleep peacefully without big dinner. Tomato juice is very filling.

I'm aiming to have better cuts on quads for coming Tokyo Weight Category contest. And I'm seeing small cuts on right thigh. They are small progress but I've been training my legs almost everyday with sissy squats, front squats and leg extensions. Trying to build better muscle-mind control to each muscle group on quads.

Due to that, I sometimes wake up in the middle of the night with extreme cramps on quads but it's worth it.

I'm enjoying my journey and hope you are. Have fun and join in the boat!

2013-06-02

Midnight carb, healthy choice or just another binge??? /02jun13

I won my last contest on May 3rd 2013 and will participate again,
on July 15th, Tokyo Weight Category upper 46kg and
on July 21st, Japan Weight Category 49kg class.


I lost my weight till 47kg on May 3rd.  Gained back to 53kg and then I'm on prepping diet again and now I weigh 50kg. 

Lost 3kg just over a week.

This is too much. I'll slow down a little bit but am aiming to lose till 46kg by the end of June.


Actually, I'm not on so so serious diet.




I still eat snickers and Kentucky fried chicken before workouts.  As far as I have experienced, these food don't really make me fat.


Fatty food for me is, Ramen, Udon, Soup with pasta.

Pure carbs with plenty of salty soup makes me gain weight and retain water, makes me puffy. So even for cheating, I don't eat them.


So during off seasons, please experiment well and learn what food makes you fat, retain water, makes you puffy and fluffy.


When I'm on season, prepping for contest, I don't eat before bedtime. Maybe before 3-4hours, I stay away from eating.


I know that meal frequency has nothing to do with weight loss and it's total calorie intake that counts. And I know intermittent fasting people eat huge meal before bedtime.


But... this strategy doesn't work for me. So I stick to 6 small meals and avoid eating before bed...


Broscience???




Okay, I don't care. I stick to what works for me. And we 6 small meal eaters fast during night, don't we? Why fast during day???


While I do understand midnight carb or midnight eating don't really make us fat, there are some elements we need to consider...


1.We tend to overeat more than we should at night.
2. Carbs and salt make us retain water and next morning, we wake up puffy and fluffy body and some extra weight.
3. With alcohol, it gets much worse. Our appetite gets out of control.


I know these don't really apply to everyone but if you think night eating makes you fat, then why not just stop it???

If midnight carbs makes you happy and strong, that's fine.

For me, midnight carbs just make me fat... may lead me to hard binging if I had a really bad day...

All in all,  fitness is all about finding what works for you and you can stick to. Not something that is scientifically proven.