Today I got inspired. Or well I got that last push. A few weeks ago a couple came to my crossfit gym and recommended that I try their nutritional products. Allegedly, their other clients had had pretty great results with them - including muscle gain, weight loss and a boost of energy. The couple recommended their "24 day challenge". The first 10 days of this challenge are designed to cleanse your system of toxins and prepare it for optimal nutrient absorption. The remaining 14 days are focused on weight loss and potentially muscle gain. It sounds pretty good but the price of all this is roughly 190 dollars and it includes meal replacements which I am not a big fan of. Furthermore, the 24 day challenge package includes a large amount of other products that I honestly don't understand what contain which makes me a little bit skeptical. In general, I am always somewhat wary of a product if I don't understand what's in it.
Anyway, today my friend told me that he had just started the 24 day challenge because he had heard great things (including new personal weight lifting records and a healthier look) about it from another friend who is on it right now. Well, for me that's great because now I can find out if the products really work without having to try them on my own body.
As I said I am a bit skeptical about the ingredients of the products. In general, I believe that people can get great healthy results simply by eating the right food. So there is my challenge. While my friend is taking on the '24 day challenge', I will take on my own challenge for the next 24 days. My challenge will, however, be to focus on a clean natural diet. This, among other things, means terminating my addiction to diet cokes and weeding out whatever junk food I eat which unfortunately includes apple pie with vanilla ice cream. Overall, I don't consider my current food habits overly bad, but I know I could do better. So in the next 24 days I will do the following:
- stop drinking diet sodas (this will probably be the hardest part)
- stop eating junk
- eat fish 2-3 times a week
- eat at least 6 servings of veggies or fruit every day
- increase my protein intake while I lower my carb intake (my carb intake is already pretty low and I mainly eat complex carbs, but I could eat more protein)
My challenge starts tomorrow - Saturday the 26th of January. Throughout the challenge I will post regularly about how its going and if I feel any differences. Furthermore, I will include a picture each week to show if there are any visible changes. As soon as possible I will go have a body fat % taken and post it on here as well. Let the games begin!