After the first 30 days of Tapout XT, I had the routine. During the second 30 days of Tapout XT, I focused on my diet.
What is the best diet anyway? If you have ever researched a diet, you will find out that for every person who says a diet is awesome, there is another who tells of how awful it is. At some point you have to accept that everything causes cancer and move on with a diet that works for you.
What works for me? Firstly, I cannot cut calories. I am unwilling to lose muscle mass that I had spent two years building up. Secondly, I would like to lean out. These two goals are totally contradictory unless you are an intermittent faster.
I discovered intermittent fasting through the writings of James Clear. It met the goals that I wanted to accomplish to I gave it a shot. At first, I fasted for 14 hour periods to test the waters a bit. After two weeks, I had noticed a few affects that were tolerable and upped the fast to 15 hours.
Toward the end of a daily fast, I notice a few things. Firstly, it is difficult to keep your emotions in check when you are hungry. I noticed little things bothering me more than normal. This is a problem that most people have with intermittent fasting. For me, this wasn’t a huge problem. It is possible that it even helped me to achieve a higher level of self control. I am more in tune with those feelings and what to do with them. The second thing that I noticed is that I wasn’t hungry. This is something that I do not truly understand. When I workout in the morning, I am not hungry in the morning. There is nothing I have read that explains this.
The workouts were routine by this time. I finally made it through the hardest workout, Yoga XT. Twenty minutes of plank was more than I could handle. Even 60 days in, the workouts were enjoyable.
At this point, I had gained 4 lean pounds and was as fit as I have ever been. If you are considering doing something similar, I encourage you to do it. You will see results in a short amount of time. Just stick with it!