Everybody has a reason to get in shape and shed some unwanted weight, whether it be to fit back into those sexy jeans or to just have more energy. I have said it before everyone has their “why”.
Fitness is a simple choice – you’re either in or your out – It’s you vs. yourself, and their is no blaming anyone when you look at it that way. My good friend Matt reached out to me the other day.
Matt wanted some help with a routine, a diet and plan to get some unwanted weight off…and as fast as possible. When I hear this type of excitement to lose weight… my mind immediately goes to fasting and the benefits of quick results while changing a lifestyle all for the better.
He has been following The Fasting Place a bit and I was super excited to hear that, because then we can cut through the BS of explaining the importance of fasting (a little biased? eh, sure). The entire reason I started writing about fasting and dieting is for this exact moment. To help people achieve an end goal through fitness and fasting.
A Little about Matt
- He is an enlisted Combat Military Police (MP)
- MP Team Leader
- 6 years in the Army National Guard
- 2014 deployment to Afghanistan attached to Special Ops
- Previously worked for the Tennessee Counter-Drug Task force as a member of the National Guard
- Loving father and has a beautiful family (maybe the most important)
Matt has grown up with the military. His father is a Colonel in the Army and has since followed the tradition of serving our nation. I want to say a quick thanks to Matt and his family for the great service they have provided with the countless years of service, truly a blessing to know you and your family. Thanks, Matt.
Ask and you Shall Receive
If you want something or need a hand you have to ask. Nobody is a mind reader – or at least no one I know. The worst thing that will happen is you get told “no”, then you move on – or you ask again, resilience. It is a brilliant thing.
So Matt reached out and stressed his goals and vision he wanted. After a binary discussion, we came up with a solution. Below is a sample questionnaire of what we used to get the black and white answers.
How much weight are you wanting (going to) lose?
How much time do you have to achieve your goal?
Are you willing to go on a calorie restricted diet?
Are you willing to intermittently fast?
What is your “Why”?
These are extremely simple questions, the answers to these five questions dictate everything to come. I didn’t need to ask him about dedication or will, simply because I know the man. But if I didn’t know him, these questions would be vastly more important than the above five.
After some discussion of the goals he in search of, we decided on a calorie restricted intermittent fasting schedule. We are going to go over some key components to the fasting regimen and diet we have come up with for Matt and his quest to drop some weight.
Grateful to Help – That is The Fasting Place “Why”
As I write on The Fasting Place we are beginning to see a trend with some readers, they are wanting to dive in with a workout and diet plan! This is exciting and I love the influx of requests to learn more and put it all into action.
I started this website to help people. To get people excited about a new way of living. To get the fasting message across and get people to understand the unique benefits to a good diet and exercise. Truly I am grateful to help anyone that has the desire to get better.
Matt has 6 months or fewer to lose his unwanted weight. He is the first “experiment” here at The Fasting Place and I know he will be a good one, because he won’t give up. We set him up with a phase 1 plan that involves a daily intermittent fasting schedule.
When deciding on what route to take for a diet plan involving intermittent fasting, their really isn’t much information available that is in actual “plan” form. This was fun and exciting to put together. We started by taking the calorie intake and simply reducing it to set amount for the specific results desired.
This really is something simple to do, write down all of your calories you take in on a daily basis for at least three days. I say three days because if you just do one day, this maybe inaccurate because you will be thinking about it and may falsely represent your actual intake.
Then you will simply take that down a notch and mix it with a catered diet plan.
When deciding on what diet works best for you, their is a lot to consider.
- Body Type
- Time you have
- Work schedule
- Physique you want or if you just want to shed some poundage
This list could go on for days. Considering the diet of your choice you really need to visit every hour of every day you have. Once you have done that dissect what will work best for you and your situation.
If you work 12 hour shifts 5 days a week and have to get your kiddos from daycare and then take your daughter to dance before t-ball starts for the other kiddo, then you have some decisions to make.
This can all be managed, if you don’t plan for a crazy schedule excuses will be very easy to come by. And slowly your diet and intermittent fasting will all go to s-h-i-t. This seems common sense but it truly gets overlooked way to easy. It gives you a reason to give up when all you have to do is get a little tough. Having a clear “why” and vision makes this much easier. Holding yourself accountable is rule number one. If you don’t, no one is going to.
Track it – and Report
We gave Matt a pretty basis routine to start with. Basic is the easiest way to start. And it doesn’t necessarily mean it will be easy. His diet plan is catered specifically for him and his situation. And we wish him the best and know he will do great.
We are going to follow his 6 month trek and see where it goes. After a month we will re asses and figure out if this is working for him. And then we will change it up a little and go from their. This is an exciting
That’s Why We’re Here
This is the reason the Fasting Place was created. To get people to understand they can achieve anything, and it is easier when you are in shape. If you start down a dieting and fasting road without and research or background then you are more than likely going to fail, or it will leave a bad taste in your mouth.
How would you feel if you set up a ladder to climb the mountain and do all the work to get to the top, only to realize you were climbing the wrong damn mountain the entire time.
We are here to help, if you would like any insights or help with a diet plan or fasting regimen, please email me below. We can give you a free 1-month plan catered to you.
Please leave some comments or questions below if you have ’em!
Thanks for reading and have a pleasantly uncomfortable day