It all started when a friend mentioned going to a nutrition clinic. This clinic, I learned, had a special machine called “InBody 570” (Body Mass Index) BMI machine, which is considered the Gold standard in body composition analysis worldwide.
Since a few years, I was seeing some negative changes in my body like I would get tired faster on running or even standing for a little while. I guess I did not pay much attention to fitness over the years (exercise or diet) and ignored it even further during the last 5 years when I had my two daughters. Like many other moms, I just kept pushing without a solution.
The results from my test really motivated me to find out more about my body, what kind of food it needs and the kind of work-outs I should be doing. The extremely detailed report included everything right from my muscle weight, fat weight, water content, fat around vital organs and about 30 more readings along with what the ideal numbers should be, specifically for my body. As it turned out, my muscle weight was low, fat weight was high (which is the case with most people) and my water content was also alarmingly less.
It’s been 10 days and I’ve lost almost 2 kg (and about 1 inch loss on the waist line, hurrah!) although losing weight is not my primary goal. The primary goal, as I was told, is gaining muscle weight which I have, by 500 gm The gain is slow because muscles take a lot of time to build up. In addition to that, I feel a lot more energetic and even my posture has improved!
Lack of enough/strong enough muscles was what was causing my frequent fatigue issues. So here’s how my nutritionist proposed to change this for the better.
I started working out every morning for 1 hour. One day it’s the lower body, next is upper body and one day is dedicated to abs + swimming. Both lower and upper body exercises include weight training which I have never done before.
Because I have to gain muscles, I am on a protein diet that cuts carbs. And here’s what I am instructed to have during the day.
- 6:30 am (Pre-workout) Bowl full of Dry fruits like walnuts, almonds + a spoonful of Flax seeds in water (fat burner)
- Work out is between 7 am to 8 – 8:15 am
- 8:30 am (Post-workout) 3 eggs + a glass of smoothie made of yogurt + 1 fruit
- 11:30 am a glass of coconut water
- 1:30 pm to 2:00 pm Brown rice (50 gm) + red beans with onion and spices + cucumber yogurt salad
- 4:30 pm Tea + a bowlful of chickpeas
- 6 pm a glass of Buttermilk
- 8 pm 200 gm of chicken/cottage cheese/fish a bowl of boiled or stir fried vegetables
- 10:30 pm Flax seeds + water
And last but not the least, I have about 2.5 liters of water everyday.
This, of course, is my first and second week diet. It will keep changing every 10 days to include other elements and options as per my latest test results. I am writing this post just to tell you what has been working for me and do not imply that the exact same diet/workout will work for you but looking into taking this kind of a test I think will be a great start in any case.
With a step closer to reaching my fitness goals, I’m SO motivated and excited to see the results in a couple of months. Will keep you posted!
Work Out in Style
Whenever I take up regular exercise, the first thing I need to motivate me is cool work out clothes (Haha, can’t help it) that make me feel comfortable and great about myself. If you’re like me, you’re going to want to shop before you start.
So here are some of our popular legging styles this month, perfect for regular as well as Yoga workouts.