Hey, it’s been a while since I posted in these parts. You can see my previous story here: https://www.ketogenicforums.com/t/tips-for-getting-past-a-plateau/90968/20?u=mtullius
Since I’ve been not checking in on this forum, essentially the whole pandemic, I took up Ketogains bootcamp for most of 2020, and got into some of the best shape of my life. As part of that I developed a weight lifting habit, and over the last two years (thanks esp. to having aquired quite a bit of dumbbells and barbell stuff right before the 2020 lockdowns) have put on a TON of lean muscle mass.
over that time I have been pretty much generic low-carb. I figured I had cut down a lot. I read about bulking and building muscle. I have gone from a low of 209 to 230, and I’d suppose that more than half of that is muscle mass. My clothes still fit the same, but there’s some stubborn body fat that never went away.
I still haven’t cut and trimmed down proportionate to my overwhelmingly clean diet and vigorous exercise routine the way I wanted it do go, despite verbal acknowledgement from many people that I “look so much better”.
THE ONE THING I NEVER GAVE UP OVER THE YEARS OF GETTING HEALTHY IS … DRUM ROLL… ALCOHOL.
I’ll be honest, I can plow down 2-3 bottles of wine over a weekend, maybe have a shot or several depending, and if i’m stressed have “just a couple of glasses” of red wine on a weeknight. If I go to a ball game or a camping trip I would have beer. I have been doing this for years, all the way through a massive transformation in my body. (note: I have 3 kids and a full time job and am a responsible adult, I have never gotten in trouble for drinking)
After listening to a lot of the podcasts at Mind Pump where they discuss alcohol and training, and looking at many astonishing before and after pictures and stories from people who gave it up entirely (check this out 380 Straight Days of Exercise and No Alcohol | 12 Lessons Learned | by Rich Tucker | Medium
I am convinced that giving up my boozy ways is the key to the most epic workout cut of all time.
Protocol: steak, burgers, chicken, green veg as desired, no alcohol. Full body workout 3x per week with some cardio on off days. NO BOOZE FOR 4 months.
Has anyone else had the transformation they always wanted giving up drinking? It’s hard but I feel it might be the final frontier and evolution of my keto-carni-low carb lifestyle. I’d like to hear from you if giving up drinking did something major for your body and if you think I might be right. I have spent the last 17 years drinking whenever, and I think 4 months should be enough time to “see what happens” when I refrain and keep up my routine!
Peace and love to all those fighting for their goals!