The biggest shock to most people is the diet. For someone at my height, I'm supposed to be eating 1200 calories per day with 40% from Protein, 30% from Carbs & 30% from Fats.
I know you're all going to be shocked by this (LOL) but I keep careful track of everything in the MyFitnessPal app AND in my own excel sheet so that I can more easily spot problem areas/meals and make adjustments quickly. You'll have to enlarge this to see it but here's a report showing a summary of weeks 1 and 2 - you can see how many calories I ate each day, the nutrition breakdown on an average day, workouts done, notes and the change in body composition from the start of week 1 to the end of week 2. The most exciting part is in the top center where it shows that in two weeks I lost 5.1lb of body fat and gained 1.4lb of muscle, yay!!
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You'll probably notice that at Week 2, I started taking one of the supplements they recommended, called KreAlkalyn EFX. It's a buffered creatine instead of a standard creatine monohydrate so it's not supposed to have the side effects such as the jitters, bloating, etc (so far I've had no side effects from it). I take one capsule in the morning when I wake up, and another capsule pre-workout. I don't know how to tell if it is working/helpful or not, but since my trainers recommend it and I don't have any negative side effects, I'll keep taking it until the end of bootcamp (or until the bottle runs out). You can also buy this at GNC or at Vitamin Shoppe but I love Amazon.
For Weeks 3 - 4, my goal was to lose 4lb of body fat and at least maintain the muscle I gained in the first two weeks. To help continue to lose fat, I added another recommended supplement called GNC Genetix HD ProSculpt. It has a lot of caffeine and energy/metabolism boosting extracts and is supposed to help power you through your workouts so you can push your muscles harder and for longer. The bottle says take twice daily but my trainers recommended once a day, pre-workout. I don't normally drink a lot of caffeine and a full serving of this has 200mg (2 cups of coffee) so I feel the effects pretty quickly and it definitely gives me more energy and zip to push through a tough workout. Some days I will do a half serving if I already had caffeine in the day. Note: it's a drink mix and I strongly recommend using VERY COLD water and diluting it a little more than the instructions.
I also cut out any pastas, bread, rice, potatoes, and other high carb/starch foods in an effort to keep my calories low and still get enough protein. In addition to sharing some of my recipes, later I'll share a typical "day of food" as well as some of my favorite snack choices. As you can see, I didn't make the same amount of progress in weeks 3 - 4 as in weeks 1 -2 but I still did really great. I'm down to 125lb with only about 5 more to go to my ultimate goal of 120, woohoo!