weight loss

Six Pack in Three Months - Update 3/10

Before I get into the numbers, let's start with some food porn. I've always been somewhat of a foodie, and It's amazing how much more I've come to enjoy eating after going low-carb and restricting myself to one cheat day per week. What used to be casual, obligatory meals have been upgraded into incredible experiences that I look forward to each week (excuse me as I wipe drool from mouth). And it's not just the carbo-loading on my cheat days. It's also about learning to eat nutritious foods on a daily basis that not only make you feel great, but that taste great as well.

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Six Pack in Three Months - Update 2/24

As of my last update on Feb. 10, I had been using an old-school analog scale to measure my weight. I went from 68 kg to 65 kg (weight loss of roughly 7 lbs) in less than 4 weeks. That seemed like a fair amount of weight to lose, but it was hard to know how much progress I was really making without understanding how my body composition (fat vs. lean mass) was changing as well. The very next day, a bunch of biohacking toys that I had ordered online arrived and included an Omron scale that can measure body fat % (you hold onto handle bars while standing on top of the scale) and a set of Slim Guide calipers. I planned to use the Omron scale as the primary method of measuring my body fat % given it's convenience, while using the calipers as an additional reference point (and to use when traveling given it's portability). Excited to finally be able to track my body fat %, I stripped down to nothing and started measuring.

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Six Pack in Three Months - Update #1

So in my excitement and haste to get started with transforming my body (after all I'm on a deadline), I jumped into things without doing proper planning -- something I wisely advised against in my earlier post on measuring. I started listening to interesting podcasts by Abel James and Dave Asprey and got so pumped up to try a bunch of different things that I forgot to heed my own advice about tracking and measuring. This is a common mistake that I struggle with (in business as well) and requires discipline to overcome. Basically when it comes to any "experiment", before making any changes, first define your goal and then determine which limited set of variables you will be changing in order to reach that goal. This is important so that you can better understand what worked and what didn't. If you change too many things at once, how do you know which changes had the greatest positive (or negative) impact? How will you be able to replicate the results in the future if you don't understand the likely causes of those results? 

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Six Pack in Three Months?

So to kick things off, I made a bet with my girlfriend that I could get six pack abs within three months, or before April 15, 2014 to be exact. What are the stakes? A nice steak dinner in Shanghai, where a decent steak can easily set you back at least $100 USD (not including apps, sides, wine, etc). Nothing crazy but certainly beats a challenge without any wager at all.  

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