This is Day 21 of my Six Pack Challenge.
So the question was: How to get a six pack without counting calories?
In truth, I can’t say for certain, I’m still in the middle of my little experiment to lose the remaining fat, all I can really tell you is how I’m trying to do it right now.
It’s the same way I lost 30lbs over 5 months – eating one meal a day.
I’d encourage you not to try this diet, I think there are better options but this suited me and my lifestyle – and besides I feel I have something to prove to myself, which is why I’m sticking to it.
For me, eating just one meal in the evening means I find it very difficult to over eat, so almost by default I end up eating a calorie deficit. I’m aiming for around 1800 or so calories a day, which (depending on what you’re eating) is a lot of volume to eat at one sitting.
It’s mostly guess work though.
Some days are better than others, but most days I do enough to create a small deficit and that creates the fat loss.
I’ve made no secret of the fact that my diet isn’t optimal.
I have absolutely no doubt that I could achieve a six pack faster if I exercised more, ate cleaner and counted calories.
And if I were to pay attention to almost everyone else on the planet who tells me that breakfast is the most important meal of the day for fat burning and increasing metabolism, I might be shredded right now. (I can barely believe I just used the word shredded!)
But that’s not the point of what I’m trying to do here.
I’m attempting to show that it’s possible to reach weight loss and body composition goals (like getting flat abs) without all the usual hassle of finicky and faddy diets, like weighing out food in exact quantities, or having the ideal balance of carbs, fat and protein.
I’m a work at home dad looking after four children and managing a home with all the things that entails like, numerous school runs, meal preparation, cleaning, cooking, laundry, errands, grocery shopping and a thousand other things that create a typical day for a work at home mom or dad.
When I started my diet I didn’t have the time or the inclination to mess around with complex eating plans or counting calories.
I decided I could lose weight by eating just once in the evening.
And that’s exactly what I did. The downside of taking this approach is it takes longer, but it does work (for me, it works for me – your results may vary!)
I’m three weeks into my challenge now and finally I’m starting to see the kind of results I’ve been looking for.
It’s happening slowly, and it will continue to happen slowly, because I’m not going to count calories, I’m not going to deny myself a dessert, and I’m not going to clean up my diet so it’s completely nutritionally balanced. (Not yet anyway – that will be another experiment for a later date).
I’ve always believed that as long as you’re fairly sensible there’s no need to endlessly tinker with your diet and nutrition in order to get good results.
Great results however, may require extra attention, but we’ll cross that bridge when we come to it.
It think the answer to the original question is:
…if you want to lose enough weight to show your abdominal muscles without counting calories, you need a decent idea of how many calories the food you’re eating contains, so that you can take an educated guess. So you need to do a little home work and research.
Staying away from processed foods is also a good idea, as is cutting out things like soda.
Setting yourself a simple eating plan and sticking to it is also useful.
But if you won’t count your calories you’re going to have to accept that it might take you longer than if you follow a more optimized and detailed diet.
In the end though, it’s what ever works best for you. As with any diet there are no guarantees, we’re all different and what works for one may not work for another. But regardless of the method you choose it may be more important to have the right mindset, you need to be committed to your goal, willing to make sacrifices, willing to tough it out when it gets challenging…
…and you need to regularly eat fewer calories than you need!
This is me today 21 Feb 2012
This is me at the start of the challenge
This is me at 205 lbs.
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