Over the past year I have been working on changing my body shape and size with a specific goal in mind.
I was questioning whether to show this pic as I still have a slight case of body dysmorphia!! BUT........ it’s more than just about looks!!!! 😉
Looking at this photo you will see little change in my body from the original photo to the present, suggesting that I’ve ended up back where I was at the start, unless you know what to look for. I can assure you there has been change.
Here are the things I have experienced/learned over the past 12 months.
🔸1. Have gone from calories/macros unknown to starting at 2088 calories, currently at 3100 calories.
🔸2. Body fat % unknown. Got down to 9% body fat, currently sitting at 15%.
🔸3. Testosterone levels dropped right down to 2 ng/dl (normal = 12ng/dl for a 31yr old male). Not a good time for me. Very fatigued, minimal strength, energy very low.
🔸4. Learned to appreciate that the people that appear on the cover of magazines may not appear this way all year round and that most people are not able to stay this lean for extended periods of time without affecting their overall health.
🔸5. Calorie surplus is important in gaining muscle mass as well as improving strength. This may mean a slightly higher body fat%. Keep thinking of the bigger picture!!!
🔸6. I have learned to respect my body. I trained 6 days a week, worked 45-50hours a week and averaged 5-6 hours sleep a night at the beginning. This resulted in a very low testosterone level, something I’m still trying to rectify.
🔸7. Rest and recovery is so important. Train smarter, learn what your body is capable of and adapt it slowly over time.
🔸8. Patience - weight loss/gain, muscle mass gain, body fat loss/gain takes time, consistency and patience, more than the lay person realises.
🔸9. Calories and macros need to be adjusted slowly over time to allow the body to catch up, in turn managing body fat increases or decreases
This is just the beginning for me as I continue to learn and move closer to reaching my goal
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