My perfect record of exercising and tracking is continuing this week- except more intense! I'm hitting this weight loss thing hard this week! I suppose I should explain..
On Sunday I came across a program run by a local bikini model on the Gold Coast. It's called the 'Ashy Bines Bikini Body Challange' and she runs Boot Camp style training sessions and has a 'Clearn Eating Plan' which is basically an overview of what she eats to keep in shape & to prepare for a bikini contest. I purchased the Clean Eating Plan simply because I was so intrigued. I was warned not to by a friend as it was a bit of a waste of money, and I've got to admit she was right- you've already heard it all, and it's not a lot of info for $70 but nonetheless it was interesting & I love seeing what normal people with great bodies actually eat.
So here's the low down on the Ashy Bines Clean Eating Plan:
> It focuses on eating large amounts of Protein & Veg whilst eating next to none Carbs & cutting out sugar & any salt you can, and only eating 1 serve of fruit per day (due to the high sugar content)
> She provides a list of supplements (fat burners, protein, fish oil etc) which she takes and would reccomend. She explains how & when to take them.
> She gives examples of her fave meals/snacks & provides tips on how to eat like her.
> Its not a meal plan, doesn't include recipes & is not a 'diet' rather a 'lifestyle'
When you buy the Eating Plan you also get access to the forum she holds on facebook. It's not organised like WW is, and is basically a constant newsfeed with members posting questions, photos, recipes, inspiration etc. Its used as a support tool and is monitered by Ashy and other health professionals (Pt's & ASN staff). Its full of young girls who aren't necessarily overweight- just after the body of their dreams.
Although I only received the plan & access to the forum yesterday, I've found it really inspirational more than anything. WW is by far more organised, has better resources, is more scientfically proven etc. But what I've found is that Ashy's forum used in conjunction with WW is really inspirational and motivating. Almost a like a 'hardcore' version and I will defs keep using it.
As for the eating guide, I'm not going to follow it biblically, but these are the aspects I'll be taking on board:
> Cutting the cr*p. Eating simple, fresh, unprocessed foods. Aiming for Meat, Veg, Fruit, Natural Yoghurts, & relying on spices to add flavour rather than bottled sauce.
> Cutting back on carbs. I'm not cutting out a whole food group, just limitting it to 1 small serve per day (e.g. 1 piece of bread, tiny serve of pasta/rice, 1 normal serve potato- I'm more lenient with potato since its also a veg!) I'm going to avoid carbs where I can- I won't do this for long, just when I need to step things up a bit.
>Fatt Blast Walk. Ashy reccomends this. It's basically a 45 min walk at a light/moderate pace, first thing in the morn, on an empty stomach. She says its good for burning fatt & must be done on an empty stomach so to not burn into muscle. I'm not sure how much scientific merit this holds but it obviously works for her & everyone else on the plan.
> DFINE8. Its a sports Supp I want to use for the gym as a pre-trainer. It's got fatt burners & caffiene in it to give you that extra kick. I know a fair few people using it & they love it!
I've felt like I needed to step things up for a while now & this has really given me a motivating push in the right direction. If you're looking for inspiration, I dare you to google or facebook this girl, her body is AMAZING! She really promotes muscle building & strength training & talks about having a 'lean mean fatt burning machine' rather than being skinny, weak & bony. The transformations of the girls on the pl
an are truly amazing- so much so I would never have believed it if one hadn't been a friend of mine. I'll always be faithful to WW <3 but lets just say this is a little bit of fun on the side!
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