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This week’s post is dedicated, somewhat unsurprisingly, to Chloe Bermudez
As promised last week the focus of this week’s post is my current nutritional program. Devised by me and inspired by Chloe Bermudez, I’ve been following it for a whole 3 days now and it’s already apparent that as well as being both practical and effective this is by far the most enjoyable nutritional program I’ve ever implemented Never one to do things by halves I am now going to publicly announce my intention to remain on the CBTNP for the rest of my life!
After all this build up at least one of you has to be wondering what’s so special about the CBTNP. Well, to be honest, nothing really; at the heart of it the CBTNP is basic and simple The single major change I’ve made from previous programs is the introduction of long term variety and as simple and obvious as this may be to some of you, for me it’s quite a ground breaking step
Previously I’ve switched between three basic nutritional program’s depending on my goals; fat loss, when I eat less and from very clean sources; muscle gain, when I eat more but still stick to mainly clean foods, and maintenance, when I eat pretty much what I like with no concern for whether my diet is clean or not While I can’t say that this hasn’t been effective, enabling me to stay in pretty good shape year round with fairly consistent performance and energy levels, there was plenty of room for improvement. My vegetable consumption was way too low. I’d binge on certain meals or favourite foods out of pure laziness until I was bored to death of them and this wasn’t helped by the close proximity of the nutritional ‘Golden Triangle’ of M&S Simply Food, Burger King and Cafe Nero My maintenance phase was also becoming increasingly costly due to the temptations of the aforementioned ‘Golden Triangle’
I always strive for greater levels of excellence in all aspects of my life and this is where Chloe comes into the equation. Chloe loves food All kinds of food She also eats vegetables, lots of vegetables She even eats soup, which I’m still somewhat suspicious of, although I’m comfortable with this as I like to retain a few carefully contrived prejudices Most importantly for me her love of food manifests in a well balanced and varied diet; not an unbalanced, laziness motivated, meal rotation program As I spent more time around Chloe I found myself becoming inspired. I raised my personal expectations and set new standards; not eating vegetables purely out of laziness became unacceptable to me; I started to buy bags of leaves and this has now blossomed to the full scale CBTNP that I have in place today
Although Chloe was undoubtedly the main source of inspiration for my dietary overhaul it would be remiss of me not to mention my Edinburgh personal training clients. With so many of them making radical dietary changes the phrase ‘if you can’t walk the walk’ began to ring increasingly loudly in my ears
For those of you who are interested in more exact details I’m aiming to redesign my physique for my photo shoot so I’m currently consuming around 3500 calories on a training day (currently Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday, though doubtless you already know this as from my previous post and 3000 calories on a non-training day with a rough ratio of 20-30% protein, 40-50% carbs and 20-30% fats.
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I record everything – actually that’s not strictly true, as although I now eat leaves regularly I don’t actually record them and I should also mention that although the overall fat content of my foods is accurate the saturated/mono/poly breakdown on these examples isn’t – on www.fitday.com which makes the whole process incredibly straight forward and also produces a really pleasing pie chart There are a lot of online food resource sites and overall Fitday is the best I’ve come across so far. It’s free with both online and desktop upgrades available.
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A closer look at the screenshots will allow you see my daily intake for both a typical training and non-training day and also to enjoy the lovely pie charts
So there you have it; the CBTNP in all her splendour, a nutritional program for life With the injection of variety, and vegetables , into my nutritional program I’m looking forward to far more balanced, and enjoyable, meals year round without the rather radical swings of previous programs As ever questions and comments are welcome Please don’t forget the all important Facebook ‘Like’ button A ‘Share’ so that your friends can peruse my ramblings would be most splendid too