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From Super-Fat to Super-Fit Part 2 – The Results

From Super-Fat To Super-Fit Part 2 – The Results

A recent post detailed the tactics I was going to employ in an attempt to shed a little extra timber that I’d accrued post-shoulder-surgery in August.

It was my own little ‘6 Week Challenge,’ tracking what I’d optimistically described as a journey from ‘Super Fat’ to ‘Super Fit,’ both terms being fairly relative.

Well, employ them I did, and here, somewhat belatedly, are the fruits of that labour.

Please do bear in mind, however, that fruit can be rotten to the core as well as sweet and juicy and delicious. The results were by no means a foregone conclusion.

The Background

A little reminder, if you will.

Post-surgery, my bodyweight had risen to 87kg, which for a skinny, hard-gainer like myself whose bodily ambitions as a boy were no grander than to fill out the sleeves of a ‘schmedium’ t-shirt, was pretty chunky.

Worse was the accumulation of rubber around the middle, the onset of little love-handles that hitherto had been totally absent.

I knew the time had come to act.

Super Fit Kid looking great. Super Fit Dad not looking quite so fit.

The Plan

The prescription was pretty basic. No meal-plans, no expensive gym memberships.

  1. Use HiiT workouts to improve ‘General Physical Preparedness’ to a reasonable level
  2. Attend weekly sprint class
  3. Teach a few bootcamp sessions to “ease back” into more training volume
  4. Weighted hill walks for additional fat-burning (wearing my 10kg Aldi weight-vest)
  5. Quit alcohol for 50 days
  6. Get back to Crossfit*

*CrossFit isn’t particularly cheap but, having tested a lot of training modalities, it is probably the best bang-for-buck workout around.  Here’s the post detailing my attempt at 3 CrossFit sessions in one day.

The Results

Whilst not as accurate as a Dexa scan, the Evolt 360 ‘Intelligent Bioscan’ seemed to give an good enough picture of where I was at the start and, importantly, would at least give the same integrity of measurements at the end.

In short, I’d be comparing my progress using the same machine which should, at least, give a fair measurement.

So…how did we go?

Bodyweight     (kg)                  before:      87.3                 after:               84.9

 

Body fat %                            before:              15.1                 after:              11.6

 

Skeletal muscle mass (kg)     before:            41.4                 after:               42.8

 

Visceral fat level*                    before:                                 after:                6

*this is the deep abdominal fat that surrounds your organs. Too much of this can lead to diabetes, heart disease, insulin resistance and inflammation. In short, it is NOT your friend.

Conclusion

The results don’t lie.

This experiment was largely successful. All major metrics tracked as I’d hoped.

I leaned up, maintained size & overhauled my fitness to a pretty hectic level.

The biggest victory, though, was learning that I could take a fairly chunky amount of time off the booze. 50 days during the run-up to Christmas, the so-called Silly Season, was not without its challenges but felt pretty good.

What it really enabled me to do, and I’ve never really experimented with this before, was ‘bounce back’ every day to the extent that I could perform multiple workouts per day without becoming overly fatigued or fried, which has happened often in the past.

I put this singularly down to abstaining from alcohol, and not withstanding the other benefits from laying of the turps (detailed here), the ability to recovery for multiple daily workouts is a good enough reason to remain abstemious.

Onto the next experiment.

SFD

Note: the guy in the main photo is not me post-challenge. It’s Steve Cook, a fitness model and vlogger from the US, who is not only jacked as hell but seems a pretty decent chap. Let’s hope he doesn’t sue me for using this image.

 

This Post Has 6 Comments
  1. This post is great. As someone who is struggling with the same problem and wants to start this is a great guide and gives a lot of motivation! thank you very much and please keep it up

    1. Cheers Noah. Glad you found it helpful and always good to know it’s hitting an audience of greater than just me.

  2. Nice man, good job! Those before numbers though, many would kill for them as their after stats! 🙂 What is the Skeletal muscle mass – is that the weight of just muscle in the body? (i.e. not including bones, fat, etc)

    1. Hi Sean. Thanks and good point. The ‘before’ numbers actually surprised me. I felt “fatter” than that. I’ve been up at 18% BF before and been more defined / less squishy. Maybe its the body changing with age.You’re spot on with skeletal muscle mass – or that’s my understanding of it anyway.

  3. Good job on losing weight and toning up. Alcohol is a big one. It’s not only the calories from drinking but it’s mainly everything you eat after. In the states we have Boochcraft. It’s a kombucha tea with a 7% alcohol. It’s organic and has probiotics, organic acids, enzymes, vitamins, and minerals. It’s about 110 to 150 calories. You don’t have to drink beer when you have kombucha. The apple one and ginger one is pretty good.

    1. Sorry man, thought I’d replied to this. Not seen it in Aus yet but have read about it so it must be on the way. Either that, or I’m just not going to the right places.

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