In January i realised i had hit a bit of a plateau, i wasnt gaining muscle and i wasnt losing fat.. i wasnt increasing my weights either & i was constantly bloated. So i decided to stop with any long endurance cardio and instead just do HIIT training and focus 80% on lifting weights – really using heavy weights.
In the past 8 weeks or so, i have noticed a big difference. I am alot stronger, and have noticed muscle growth, maybe not loads but a little anyway (i know it takes time! And yes, that sucks… sometimes i just want progress to happen over night!). And i increased my calories, and over the 8 weeks i have slowly kept increasing calories. As well as muscle i have also gained fat - which is natural.
But i have decided that i am going to continue this plan of eating loads and focusing on strength training until the end of March and then i am going to decrease my calories slightly and add in some running. This will hopefully let me keep my muscle mass andalso lose a bit of fat infor summer time haha
I like testing things like this to see how my body reacts. I have tried intermittent fasting, calorie counting, calorie cycling, low carb high fat, paleo etc etc … Not because i want to go on a diet or want a quick fix.. i know it doesnt work that way. Its just to see how my body reacts. And it can be good to shock my body a little. I try vary my workouts as much as possible, though i can often get stuck in a routine.
As i want to be a health coach i think its good to have my own experience… to be able to tell people what is good and bad, based on my own experience and research/other people etc etc
^^This was my 4 week progress :) (Since the right pictures ive gained some fat! hahaha)