I’ve heard some pretty juicy rumors about what I did to achieve my weightloss and physique, so I thought it would be fun to give you guys an accurate rundown as to what specifically I was doing at each stage of my progress picture timeline. It’ll be good to have this post handy as well, because I get asked so frequently how I did it. So here you go! Enjoy!
As you can see, aside from the time I was training for a triathlon, my eating and training hasn’t changed a lot other than adding a few hundred calories a day once I reached my lowest weight. I increased my calories to give my body fuel to increase muscle mass. Some people think I changed my routine to change my physique, actually my physique progression is my body’s natural response to consistent training stimulus. Consistency folks. It’s the REAL magic pill.
A quick note about my triathlon training: I was doing a tremendous amount of cardio. As you can see, that was probably my leanest point without restricting calories (I got a little leaner during my ‘fitness model diet’ but had to restrict calories to do it). There’s a ridiculous meme out there claiming cardio makes you fat. Skip and Sol handily destroyed that myth in their guest post here. The primary reason I was so lean then was that I was eating enough calories to support my physical activity. I was burning 4000+ calories a day, so I ate 4000+ calories a day. Cardio is fine if you’re eating to support it (and you want to do it).
So there you go. Pictorial evidence that consistency is key. My diet and training have remained generally pretty consistent over the years. My body has changed in response. It takes time. Be patient.