Friday, June 2, 2017
Food Prep Week 5/30-6/2
So...this week I am trying something very different. I don't have food prep for the week. I am vamping my intermittent fasting in what I am eating, and cutting my lunch as far as actual food is concerned. I am still having snacks, so I have peanuts, a handi snack (I'm aware this is not vegan) and some Scottish cookies (as well as these cookies). The actual bulk of my lunch is a drink. I am taking CLA powder. I cannot swallow those enormous pills, so I opted for the powder. I went to GNC over the weekend and went in looking for something that would help me improve on my weight loss journey. I am struggling with belly fat, so this was my main concern. I have been losing weight everywhere, including my belly, but it is coming off so slowly.
At the advice of the employee, he said try a CLA. This is supposed to help reduce belly fat, improve muscle tone etc. My main concern was the belly fat, so that's what I went with. So far so good. I take to scoops of the powder with 6 oz of water. I am going to cut it back next week to 1 scoop of powder and 4 oz of water. This is only a 30 day supply, and if I keep with the 2 scoops a day I will run out before I can see proper results. I was told that this needs to be continued for 60 days to see results. I must say, that I think I see results already after 4 days. I took my belly measurements before starting and was 40.5, this morning it measured 38.0. (2.5 inches) That is some major progress in my opinion. Faster than I have lost with all my working out that's for sure. So I will continue and see if I can improve and lose this god awful pouch, that keeps lingering.
Along with the CLA I am also taking L-Carnitine. This is in liquid form, so I add it to my BCAA and use it as part of my pre-workout. I like taking my BCAA as a pre-workout rather than drinking it throughout the work out. I think with the combination of the CLA and the L-Carnitine I have found a proper blend to help with my belly fat issue.
I still intermittent fast, so I try to drink my CLA about 2 pm, eat my snacks and then call it good. I have noticed, now that I am not actually eating food, I drink even more water. Which is right up my alley.
Then I go to the gym after work, and have dinner no later than 9 pm. I am trying to fast for about 6-7 hours a day, so this is working out so far.
For dinner I have been making noodle bowls. Similar to what you can get at Vietnamese restaurants. I used tofu and marinaded it in a teriyaki type glaze and baked it. I will say that baking does not make it as good as they claim online. It was still very soft and not baked at all. So the next few days I attempted grilling what was already baked. It didn't really change anything and the tofu was still quite soft. But all in all, it was pretty good. Enjoy my delicious dinner I had this week.
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