I’m 12 days into my Insanity + Shakeology + Paleo Diet challenge and I’ve got to share a bit of my results and tell you why this happened:
In my first 10 days, I dropped just under 10 pounds. That’s right, an average of one pound a day.
Even better than the weight loss is the changing of my body. Things are fitting a lot looser now than what they did just 2 weeks ago. Needless to say, I’m thrilled.
But, while Insanity is my chosen path for exercise, it’s not really Insanity that I believe is making the difference, but rather the consistent focus I am putting on my nutrition. I am not cheating. I’m eating strict paleo, which also means no butter or cheese (two things that I would incorporate into my more Primal Blueprint style diet).
In my opinion, Insanity is just the catalyst for my nutrition. I could be doing anything with a level of intensity, be it P90X, X2, Crossfit, whatever, and probably get the same results. The reason why is this: You can exercise all you want, but if you do not keep aware of what you put into your mouth, you may be defeating the purpose of exercise.
Just from my personal experience, and maybe you can relate: When I exercise, especially lifting heavy weights, I get a lot hungrier over the day. It’s easy to go into the panty and find junk and put it into your body just to satisfy the hunger. But what did you just do? Most likely, you took in empty calories. You just put something into your body that will provide no real nutritional benefit.
Change that around to having things planned and knowing exactly what you’ll eat: If you have a nutrient rich snack on hand, such as almonds, you know what you are eating. You know the calories. You know the nutritional detail. You know whether that fits into your plan or not.
The great thing about the paleo/primal way of eating is knowing what you put into your body. Instead of purchasing products that have a lot of additives, chemicals, preservatives, etc, you eat something that is usually a single ingredient or just a few. But you know they are whole food sources, good for you, nutrient rich for the calories, and will keep you on track with your goals.
Now you could any reasonable whole food diet and produce results. Maybe you cannot break free of starches, so you decide to do a lower fat, higher carb diet. If you are focusing on good carb sources, you could get results. Any diet that provides single ingredient, non-processed foods or foods that are good for you will produce results.
Now, I can already hear people saying: “But Brent, Shakeology is NOT a single ingredient food!”
You’re right, and the strict paleo’s would denounce me as not eating true paleo for drinking it. And that’s fine. So be it. I’m pseudo-paleo, and fine with that.
But this is (as I’ve mentioned before) a situation of not throwing the baby out with the bathwater. Shakeology is a collection of whole food ingredients. Similar to making a big salad with lots of little things, Shakeology is the same. It is good for me, and that’s why I drink it.
But it fits into my overall diet. It is my main carb source when mixed the way I like.
It’s part of my focused nutrition plan.
So let’s do this: What are you currently eating? Tell me: Does it fit into your plan, or does it detract from it? Use the comments section below to answer.
insanity, Nutrition And Diet