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I bet that some of you are wondering what exactly do I mean by how I dropped 70 pounds while still being normal. Allow me to explain this.
In the past, it was no big deal for me to drop over 30 pounds in just a few months. I’d start my cut training in March, and by the summer time, I’d have a respectable midsection.
I’d begin by cutting down my calories, and nearly eliminating all of the carbohydrates. I’d lift massive amounts of weight, and put in hours and hours of non-stop cardiovascular training.
I’d get nice and lean, enjoy the beach for the summer, and then I’d balloon right back up to about 210-215 pounds over the winter. I’d start cutting down on cardio training, eat massive amounts of calories, and focus on lifting.
I’d also cut if I knew I was going on a beach vacation. But overall this was my pattern. This was not healthy, it was not easy, and at nearly 40 years old, my body was not having that this time around.
I tried to do it when I began training about a year and a half ago, and I immediately got sick. I caught a cold, my head hurt, I’d vomit, my body was simply not having it. I realized that I was no longer a young man who could do this kind of stupid thing, and I had to adjust accordingly.
I continued to eat along the same lines that I was eating all along, and began to make some adjustments. I started to make simple changes like eliminating the obviously horrible food, dropping the sugary drinks, but still eating carbohydrates, and still eating a fairly decent amount of food.
As I continued training, and began to see and feel the changes, naturally I’d want more, and I gradually made more and more adjustments. Eventually I was eating clean food, though not living at an extreme like I used to back in the day.
I realize that I haven’t gone into any specifics, so I’ll outline what my eating was like before training, when I started training, and what it’s like now. This will give you a slight picture of how I have gradually changed it, while trying to live like a normal person.
Before I started Training:
Breakfast: 2 Bacon egg and cheese sandwiches from McDonalds and a ham and cheese hero from the deli. This was accompanied with two bottles of orange juice, and usually one can of grape soda.
Snack: I’d often snack during the day, and this consisted of honey buns, and up to 6 bags of chips in one sitting.
Lunch: 1 slice of pizza, one sicilian slice, and an order of pork fried with spare rib tips and a side of chicken wings. Usually accompanied with 2-4 welch’s grape sodas.
Dinner: Usually a dominoes pizza pie, or more chinese food. On occasion my wife would cook dinner, and I’d eat her food, and end up ordering more food later.
Late night snacking: Usually ate any leftovers that remained, and downed many 2 liter bottles of soda at night.
Once I started Training:
Breakfast: 2 Bacon egg and cheese sandwiches from McDonalds and a ham and cheese hero from the deli. This was accompanied with water.
Snack: Slowly started cutting down the snacks from diet.
Lunch: Foot long Subway sandwich. The ingredients varied, but rather generous.
Snacks again. Cutting down.
Dinner: Subway sandwich.
Late night snacking: Usually ate any leftovers that remained.
Current (1 1/2 years after start):
Breakfast: Protein Shake
Lunch: 1/2 Chicken or fish with String Beans, cauliflower, and broccoli. Or a 6 inch subway sandwich.
Snack: Protein bar
Post Training: Protein shake
Dinner: 6 inch Subway sandwich or more chicken/fish with veggies.
Late night snack: Peanuts or a protein bar if I wake up ravenous.
This is more or less the breakdown of my eating. You can see how it’s been a gradual shift, and though at this point I’m a bit stricter, over the entirety of the time, I haven’t been as strict as I used to be.
In this article, I covered the very first step I took towards weight loss when I started training, I’d advise that you do the same. If you have any questions, please feel free to reach out.