I’ll admit, I’ve done some stupid things in my day. From eating a fried chicken head (yes, they serve these at Chinese banquets) to jumping off several story cliffs, to joining the army on a whim, or plunging in to white water rapids for fun. For some reason, I get a thrill when I actually live to tell a story. In your face Death! Which brings me to my latest challenge: Losing 5lbs in 5 days.
Backstory: Friday I get a call from my agent saying “a casting director may want to cast you for a role in an upcoming film,” shooting the following Wednesday. I would have to display my body in front of the camera, and must be in photo-ready “ripped” condition. I may even have to appear nude! Unfortunately a summer of beer and wedding banquets has stacked on an extra 5-6lbs weight, and it sure as heck isn’t muscle. So, I came up with a plan to lose 5lbs of fat, and do it in 5 days.
How I did it:
30g quinoa or oats, cinnamon, blueberries, coconut, almonds
45g of eggwhites cooked in olive oil and whey protein shake
Weight-training (1hr, 15m)
27g whey protein shake, water
1 Chicken breast baked
1 mixed green salad, carrot, almonds, cranberries, balsamic dressing
25g vegetarian blend protein with BCAAS
1 handful of almonds
Grilled chicken breast
1 cup of steamed greens, broccoli, green beans etc.
1.5-2hrs Cardio (cycling, hockey, jogging, or hiking)
Whey protein and Greek yogurt (40g protein), cinnamon, 2 strawberries
There you have it. I lost 5lbs in 5 days weight training intensely in the morning after balancing my blood sugar right away every morning. The lower carb-intake in the latter end of the day allowed me to tap into bodyfat stores at ease. I had to cook some chicken in advance and make up some salads and veggies at night. I also made a commitment to do as much cardio as I had time for which worked out to a Friday night of cycling, a Saturday of hockey, and a Sunday day-hike. I didn’t miss a weight training session either. I also work 9 hour shifts and somehow found the time to train around it. So how did the film shoot go? After a total 6-8 hours of weight-training and 8 hours of cardio, not to mention some seriously sore muscles… Unfortunately casting gave the part to someone else. 🙂