The challenge is to lose enough of my excess body fat to see a flat stomach and (maybe) some defined abs on a one meal a day diet.
I’ve already lost over 30 lbs this way and I’m keen to see whether this sub-optimal approach to dieting can get me all the way to a flat stomach.
The conventional wisdom says NO, but I want to find out for myself.
NOTE: I want to be clear that I am not recommending this as a diet for you or suggesting in any way that you can get six pack abs by doing what I am doing. This is my personal account of my attempts to reach this specific body composition goal.
You should seek professional medical advice before embarking on a diet.
From fat abs to flat abs
I documented my progress during the last stage of my diet over Christmas and New Year (a crazy time to be on a diet!) and lost nine pounds in four weeks, which is pretty good considering.
Check out these posts and you’ll get an idea of what I ate – it will probably surprise you.
I wrote a comprehensive post about the diet HERE but in brief it works like this:
Mon to Fri – One main meal in the evening with a dessert.
Sat – Free day or cheat day
Sun – Two meals (Lunch and Dinner)
Throughout the day I drink water and tea made with whole milk and one sugar.
If I’m really hungry or feel faint or weak (it’s rare) I’ll have a small snack, maybe fruit or nuts, or anything else that doesn’t put too much of a dent in my diet. But most of the time I get by eating just once.
Exercise is limited to a brisk walk twice a day for 30 minutes each time (don’t exercise to lose weight – unless you really want to for fun).
There’s nothing else to it. No weights, no running, no hellish workouts, no fancy foods, no pills or potions.
It’s simple. And that’s a good thing – because I’m too busy to mess around with weighing food and counting calories. I also want to be able to eat what my family eats during the evening meal – normal everyday food.
The six pack challenge has been updated!
UPDATE: The six pack challenge ran for 42 posts and you’re welcome to scroll down and read them, however the latest incarnation of the challenge is called “Get a flat stomach by summer“.
It’s only the format of the challenge that has changed, the method has not.
It turns out that writing about the process on a daily basis was tougher than losing the weight. So when I lost interest in writing about it, I lost interest in the goal and took a few weeks off.
My enthusiasm is rekindled now as I’ve adopted a simpler way to track my progress and stay motivated.
So feel free to continue reading the old challenge below or click on the image above to go to the new challenge.
The six pack challenge begins!
The plan is to lose the remaining fat to reveal my abdominal muscles by continuing to eat one meal a day.
I’ll publish a new post every day with a photo and hopefully over the next 4 to 6 weeks we’ll be able to string those photos together and see some good progress.
There’s no time limit for this, four to six weeks is just a target to aim for, but I’m expecting to lose around 10lbs in February and then at some point in March I expect to see some abs!
I hope you’ll stick around and follow my progress.