Saturday, July 31, 2010

Less healthy oils and fats? - TIP

Before I even start, I want to say clearly that healthy oils and fats are GOOD FOR YOU.

This article is NOT about removing them from your diet. These ideas simply cover what I experienced when diminishing the healthy oils and healthy fats intake.

I think I was overenthusiastic in the beginning and used simply too much of them.

So please! Keep using them but find out for yourself the optimal amounts that suit your needs.

Now, back to the article...

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When you go raw, you have many healthy fatty foods you can use:
  • Sesame seed oil
  • Olive oil
  • Walnut oil
  • Flax seed oil
  • Avocado
  • Coconut cream
  • Cashews
  • Sunflower seeds
  • Etc.
When I shifted to raw, I started using a lot of these.

Sometimes, going through 4 avocados/week, using up to 3 table spoons of good oils for a salad or using some cashews for snacks.

I was not putting on weight but I could feel I had maybe 8 pounds more than my optimal weight.

This extra weight was mainly on my midsection but as well all over my body.

About 4 weeks ago, during my last high intensity 4 weeks training experiment, to stimulate the loss of this little fat excess in my mid section, I decided to cut the amount of fats I used.

It worked in a spectacular way.

4 weeks into this practice, my little fat excess has almost totally melted and my weight remains super stable.

I feel extremely light when I train and my degree of body optimization keeps rising now to 95%.

I feel way fitter and closer to where I want to be.

Another strategy I have been using at the same time is to never overeat.

The average salad size I have for lunch and dinner for instance has been reduced by 30%.

So I believe that what brings me to this optimal weight is a combination of 4 core factors:
  • Training.
  • Less fats.
  • Less calorie intake.
  • Less dried raisins and cashews for snacks.
Less dried raisins and cashews is already a strategy I implemented for a few months before starting my high intensity training period.

In the first 2 weeks of my intensity training, I did cut calorie intake and of course was training 3 hours/day average and still, the fat didn't seem to melt fast enough.

What did REALLY speed up the fat burning process is when I started cutting the fat intake.

I went from 4 avocados/week to one or two.

I started measuring the amount of oil I put in my salads and did cut from maybe 3 tablespoons to 1 teaspoon instead ( I know... Big change).

I believe that this is THE core strategy that did bring in the final real results.

The other strategies were already implemented but it's really once I started cutting the oils that I saw the changes I wanted.

The reason I mention this example is because sometimes, you will be applying core strategies without seeing the results you want.

And then, you suddenly hit THE core strategy that will work for you.

If I didn't try and experiment, I would never have found the exact element I needed to shift.

So if your intuition tells you to check something, rather than guessing, I encourage you to try a given strategy.

It takes 1 to 2 weeks to test a strategy like this one and see if it works or not.

If you are shifting too many things at the same time, it will be challenging to identify THE core strategies that do actually work.

So, you need to be really smart and change only a couple of nutrition or training strategies at a time.

You test them for a week or two and once you have your answer, test another element while maintaining the exact strategies that already work.

Sometimes, I will as well double test a given strategy.

For instance, I will ad again an ingredient that I banned from my diet to see what happens and confirm what I found.

With nutrition and exercise strategies it is essential to test what you try to make sure that the changes you make are actually important.

There is no point in disciplining yourself within a given strategy when in fact that strategy doesn't work, right?

That's a waste of time, energy and will power.

You need to clearly separate what works from what doesn't so that you know EXACTLY where to put your effort!

Good luck!