I am stunned by a few things:
First the fact that I have been happily training for a week now on average 3 hours/day.
I knew it was within range but this confirms it for the third time.
These are biking uphill to get to the gym or to the forest track, fitness sessions, body pump, weight and machines training, forest track with exercises, swimming, yoga and stretching sessions, etc.
So far it works incredibly well.
My body seems to recover very fast and it is within the range of what is really fun and possible.
My body is the lightest it has been in a long time.
This means that not carrying an extra 4 to 8 pounds makes it very easy to go for endurance, jog, sprint, etc.
On a diet level, I am now at 99% raw.
No animal products for a long time now.
No eggs, no dairy, no supplements (just a multi vitamin tablet in my drink when I train but could do without it)
No extra protein.
What I notice on my body level:
First, it is the fact that I am high on energy. I feel high in my body but not extreme. I feel balanced! No struggle.
I go forward with my green smoothies and energy mixes (seeds, veges, fruit flour, oils, etc)
I still use a little dried fruit but go for energy mixes when I eat.
On a body level I notice as well that the little fat I had on the midsection is melting.
In a way, I am surprised that it’s not melting faster and that’s one of the key questions I have right now.
Through my intensity training, I probably added a good one hour training at least 3 times a week.
The intensity of my training sessions is higher as well.
Overall I would estimate this to a 30% increase in calories burned in training sessions during this last week period compared with the weeks before.
I feel that the amount of calories I eat is steady. I get the feeling that it’s even slightly less than before.
So, in my estimates, I could be burning an extra 300-500 calories/day through this intensity training rhythm.
I get the feeling that this should show more clearly on my body and the visible small midsection fat parts that are left.
That’s a question, something I still need to understand….
- After one week intensity training, the fat zones are not disappearing as fast as I thought – Why?
- Should I aim for higher muscle mass?
- Should I shift something in my diet?
- Eat more calories?
- Add protein shakes?
- Intensify weight lifting or power training sessions?
- Is there anything I need to change or ad to my diet or training approach?
- Is higher muscle mass a target I should focus on?
- Are there any tools (besides scale, mirror and estimations) that I could use to measure my progress?
- Can my raw diet take 3 hours/day training? – The answer is 100% YESSSSSSSSS!
- What happens when I intensify my training the way I just did? – The answer is… Leaner muscles – Burned the last little mid section fat left – No significant muscle mass gain – Slight weight decrease but stable.
UPDATE – TOO MANY OILS? TOO MUCH HEALTHY FATS?
For the little mid section fat that was not burning fast enough, I might have an answer.
I could have been eating too much fat in the form of olive oil, sesame oil, walnut oil, avocados, coconut cream some cashews and maybe more.
These are the sources of healthy fat I can think off that I am using right now.
It could very well be that I am using too much of these, especially the oils twice a day in the salads and energy mixes.
I as well go through 4 avocados a week.
I have the feeling that this could be it.
Not sure though.
I need to test it and this is what I will do over this next week starting today: cut back the amount of healthy fats I take in.
I probably take now only half the amount of fat I took the week before and it works.
- Shifted from 4 avocados/week to 2/week.
- Instead of pouring oils directly from the bottle into the salad bowl, I now measure 1 table to 2 table spoons.
- I probably cut by half the amount of coconut cream in my smoothies.
- I cut a bit the amount of seed mix I put in the my salads.