Tuesday, December 4th, 2012
Wow, it has been 18 days since my last post. Life simply got in the way. I could list the excuses but you don’t really care, you only want to see the results….So here they are. My suit felt looser at the wedding. My belt loop is one tighter and I could actually button the top button of my dress shirts!
I never set out to become “Johny 6-pack” in 24 days. Not realistic. Not really even a goal of my mine. If so, I would have to get my body fat % down in the 8% range and I don’t think my wife would enjoy the lifestyle changes needed (no alcohol, no bread ever, bad attitude from low carb diet, not putting my family first, ect…) to make that happen. Instead I wanted to take the products, work my butt off in the gym, make some moderate changes in my nutrition, and see what AdvoCare could do for me. Ultimately my goal is to attain and maintain a body fat % of 10% in a range of 210-215 lbs. I will never be under 200 again (graduated college at 205 lbs and married at 215 lbs).
Who is the 24 day Challenge perfect for?
- Any experienced exerciser (years of consistent exercise) who is stuck at a plateau (me)
- Any random exerciser who feels the need for structured programs
- Any person thinking of starting a weight loss program in the new year
- Ex-athletes who likes a challenge
- A veteran of buying supplements who wants to try a new product that is well researched and certified safe.
Where do I buy the program? RIGHT HERE
Can I buy only specific supplements if I don’t want the 24 day challenge? Yes, SHOP HERE. Email or comment and I will suggest a couple of things for you.
What am I doing since the 24 day Challenge? I have continued working my butt off in the gym. I have enjoyed a couple of Nutrigrain bars, whoops.
Would I do it again? Yes, but I would personally skip the Cleanse Phase. I did like the cleanse, but I believe I found the products within the Cleanse that work best for me, therefore, I would not repeat the program. Also, I did not see huge changes during the cleanse because I ate similar to the recommendations of the cleanse program.
I exchanged the fiber drink for another fiber product (NOW Whole Psyllium Husks) and I have added a Greens Supplement (Amazing Grass) to replace the herbal cleanse tablets. I still take the OmegaPlex and SPARK. That will never stop 🙂 You cannot have enough omega-3’s and energy in your life. I have stopped taking the Probiotics. I know they are healthy and beneficial, but just a choice. If I had some severe digestive problems I would have continued taking the Probiotics, but I do not.
I would continue the MAX Phase as prescribed. I really think that is when my biggest changes occurred. I found the Metabolic Nutrition System the most beneficial. I found the appetite suppression to be the most important. If you look over my 24 days of food logs, I eat a ton of food and I normally eat more. I have continued the SPARK, OmegaPlex, and the Meal Replacements (Mocha is the best!) from the MAX Phase. I will buy the MNS 3 again when I am ready mentally and logistically (not the holidays) to make another change in body composition.
The Numbers: Most don’t care about the numbers. Body Fat % can be inacurate at 1-3% either direction. I used the caliper method with these calipers. They are super simple and cheap. The most important thing about calipers is that your body fat is trending down.
The only absolutes are the pictures above (make your own judgements) and the tape measurements. I lost inches where it counts (belly) and gained inches where it counts (arms). Ever since I started caring about weight loss, muscle gain, looking good in the mirror, amateur powerlifting, etc..I know that i gain and lose weight in my face and belly. And that is exactly what happened during these 24 days – I lost weight in my face and belly 🙂
|Body Fat %||14.73||12.1||2.63|