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I have always wanted to reduce my body-fat percentage to have visible abs, but since I am a foodie, it has always been difficult. I realized that the level of self control to achieve my desired level of body fat would be extremely high, as I know my way around the kitchen. I love maple bacon donuts from the Jupiter Donut Factor. I make one of the best biscuits on this side of the Mason-Dixon. I make ricotta pancakes, fresh pasta, and sauce that would make my imaginary grandmother proud. Flavor and fitness don’t always mix.

I had spent a few months existing on bahn mi’s (Asian sandwiches), taro smoothies, Mediterranean wraps, Chill’n nitrogen frozen yogurt, and whatever my heart desired.

One day I stumbled into a Boca Nutrishop, and met a bunch of gym rats who I assumed were trying to sell me a bunch of garbage. I was very hesitant to take their suggestions.

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They put me on an InBody machine to measure my muscle and body fat. They gave me a meal plan and a list of suggested supplements. It took me a week or two, but eventually I decided to take the challenge, what as I had nothing to lose. I am now in there everyday, asking the staff questions until they pray for me to leave. Then I leave, and go back the next day and repeat.

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Basically, I eat one or two whole grain carbs per day, as much protein as I can swallow, and as many vegetables as my heart desires. When it was suggested I reduce my carbs by 50% or more, I said “I am a runner, I need my carbs to have energy.” I vastly overestimated the amount of carbs that the body requires. Initially I had carb cravings, I was hungry, and temperamental, but after a week, my body felt a lot better. I had more energy, and less stomach issues. I know now that I was not using the crabs for fuel, instead adding to my fat stores.

I am not yet at my goal fighting weight, but any fat lost is less weight I have to carry while running. I am in the process of trying to get my body to burn fat vs. carbs, which is a trend now in the running community.

Breakfast: 1 Protein and sometimes 1 Carb (5 egg whites or 4 scrambled eggs, and a cup of oatmeal)

Snack: Protein Shake

Lunch: 1 Protein and Vegetables (I eat a salad with chicken on it almost everyday) 

Snack: Protein Shake

Dinner: 1 Protein, Vegetables, and sometimes a whole grain carbs (ex. lean steak, broccoli, brown rice or sweet potato)

Snack: Protein Smoothie (protein powder, 1 tbsp peanut butter, almond milk, ice)

I take BCAAs daily with Glumatic, Omega 3 fish oil, glucosamine, a multivitamin and a super foods supplement. I train hard, sometimes don’t get enough sleep, and have yet to get sick, even when others around me try their best to infect me. I have used tons of different supplements, the Nurtishop people have steered me in the right direction.

I love ForzaOne protein, and hate every other type I have ever tried. Peanut Butter Banana and Chocolate Peanut Butter are the best!

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In 6 weeks I lost 6 lbs of body fat and gained 3 lbs of muscle.

My results after 6 weeks can be seen in the images below.

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I find it easier to cook for myself that try to find healthy food out. Not to mention it tastes better. I make whole wheat pasta from scratch, which is great to boost my glycogen stores after intense workouts.

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