I went from being Skinny to Skinny Fat to Ripped.
My journey has been long and I made many mistakes along the way.
First here is a snapshot of me after 10+ years of working out in the gym:
FROM SKINNY TO SKINNY FAT (the worst condition to be in)
Even though I had a decent amount of muscle in the after picture, but my belly was around 38–39 inches (Body Fat ~26%) it hid beneath the ugly fat I had.
The ‘Biggest’ Skinny Fat Mistakes I made:
-I overtrained. I worked out for 6 times/week foolishly doing spilt routines
-I ate 4000+ calories thinking eating more will trigger more muscle growth
-I limited my fat intake to no more than 10% of my total caloric intake
-I did excess cardio thinking this way I will burn fat
and some other mistakes…..
Although I still haven’t reached my ideal physique I managed some really good changes.
Most of all I feel VERY HEALTHY WITH ONLY ONE THIRD THE WORK
The main reason I launched my own blog was the fact that I wanted to help people with the misinformation.
I didn’t want people to:
-Waste crazy amount of time by working out 6 times a week or eat 5–6 smaller meals a day
-Spend boatloads of money on useless supplements
-Go crazy stuffing food that your body doesn’t need
Here are some of the ‘THREE IMPORTANT’ changes I made that allowed me to go from Skinny Fat to Ripped:
-I dramatically increased my total calories of healthy fats from 10% to 30% sometimes even 40%. Healthy fats are required by the body for a lot of important functions and actually helps you burn fat.
Did you know that Coconut oil which has MCT’s are generally used for energy and not stored as fat?
-I started tracking my caloric intake and initiated phase training, kind of manipulating my body into burning fat and building muscle.
Did you know that it’s a myth that your body can only gain muscle when in a caloric surplus?
-I significantly reduced the total volume of my workouts from 6 times a week (10–12 hours) to just 3–4 hours and working out only 3 times a week sometimes only 2 times.
I researched the best supplements and used them where my diet lacked in nutrients and ensured that I focused on other important nutrients (micronutrients) and not just ‘Protein’!