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Nutrition changes

For about a week and a half now I’ve been trialling a change in diet by using Matt Lovell’s four week fat loss program. It has been a bit of a change for me. My diet’s usually pretty good, plenty of fruit and veg, porridge for breakfast, eat little and often, all fairly good. The basic premise of the program is to get all your carbohydrate from fibrous veg like broccoli, cauliflower and asparagus and match that with a protein serving each meal. Eat four times a day and train twice per day for a 2 week intense period, first thing in the morning pre-breakfast in a depleted state in order to metabolise fat and last thing at night in order to increase that depletion and raise metabolism throughout the night.

I have a bit of a sweet tooth, nothing major like having to sew yorkies into my clothes to make sure I have a fix close by, but I like fruit and a bit of honey on my porridge have it indoctrinated that meals should have a second course. That’s one aspect of the change I have found tough. That and I still find it quite odd having broccoli for breakfast. I’ve also had to do some research into cooking, I never really eat cauliflower but to then make it a major aspect of my day took some doing. That said, cutting into small florets, roasting it for 20mins seasoned and dusted with some paprika is tasty as.

I have found the pre-breakfast training tough, mainly steady state running that I never normally do, but for stages I’ve felt like needing to bend down and pick my legs up for each step! My numbers in the gym have also slipped a touch, but I’ve stripped a kilo of bodyfat in 7 days.

The main reason I had a crack at this, besides a little vanity, was to see if it was something I’d recommend to any athletes I work with. So far, as with everything, it depends on the athlete, time of year, sport, training state etc. I think that it is something that would have to be introduced maybe early preseason with a gradual build up in training intensity over 2 week intense phase of the program. This could then feed quite well into more intense (and fully fuelled) training. I also think that if the athlete maintains good nutritional principles year round and times carbohydrate intake and type correctly around training, an appropriate level of bodyfat will be achieved.

Neil Welch

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