Well, I tried something different this week.
I cut out most of the specialised cardio workouts in my regimen, and focused on building muscle groups.
The overall measurements (which Mel did again for me this morning; see results below), show some significant positive changes.
However, it didn’t effectively burn fat from my mid-section. This was something I knew was a possibility, but I was tempted to try it, thinking that if I push myself hard enough, it’ll still work.
Well, even though I pushed myself this week, my belly only reduced by about 1cm. Still a reduction, but less than I know there would have been if I had stuck to the specific cardio workouts I’ve been doing.
So, the lesson? Back to the cardio I was doing starting on Monday. In fact, I may put a twist on that this week, too.
Various thoughts this week:
I only managed to get one video done this week. Enjoy…
Week 5 Results
Anyway, this morning I got Melanie to do measurements for body composition again. Before I started the plan, she did a Jackson/Pollock 7-point calliper calculation for body fat, and measured the circumference of my arms, legs, etc. We did this all again two weeks ago, and again this morning.
Here are the results:[one_third] Starting Measurements
Weight: 85.7 kg
Total Body Fat: 17.5%
Mid-bicep: R32.1 – L32.4
Mid-thigh: R56.2 – L56.0
[/one_third] [one_third] Week 5 Measurements
Weight: 78.5 kg
Total Body Fat: 13.8%
Mid-bicep: R32 – L32.1
Mid-thigh: R56.4 – L57
[/one_third] [one_third_last] 5 Week Difference
Weight: -7.2 kg
Total Body Fat: -3.7%
3 Week Difference
Mid-bicep: R-0.1 – L-0.3
Mid-thigh: R+0.2 – L+1.0
If you’ve watched the video, you’ll have noticed the ‘before’ and ‘after’ shots. I think they give a better representation of what has taken place than the figures. I still have some fat I’d like to remove from my upper hips, but I’m
I’m already looking forward to next week. Although the plan is working really well, I’m determined to tweak it until it’s out of my power to make it any better.
Also, like I mention in the video, I made a request last week for others to step forward and try out what I’m doing for themselves. A few got in contact, and two of them have shown a keen desire to get started on it. They’re both carrying more weight than I was, and one is a female twice my age.
It’s a brave step to try something like this, and while their experience may be different to mine, and may require further study and tweaking based on their comments, I hope I’ll be able to report back on their successes.
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