Last week I met with my diet and exercise adviser for the project, Chen Zhongtao, who figured out the menu for the first week. Here he is looking like a tough guy.
The Peak Condition Project is all about math. Weight loss occurs when you expend more energy in the day than you consumed. The body, when it’s dietary needs aren’t met externally, will turn to its stored fat reserves. So it’s a numbers game.
Chen took my weight (65 kilos) and my usual daily activity levels into account, and came up with this diet schedule for my first week.
Breakfast and Lunch (total)
250 grams of carbs (bread, rice, pasta, potato). 250 grams is about a bowl of rice.
400 grams of vegetables. That’s about 3 whole vegetables.
250 grams of fruit. A large size apple is 250 grams.
150 grams fish or shrimp.
For dinner, the following ingredients are mixed in a blender to make a protein smoothie.
3 boiled eggs, whites only.
150 ml of low fat milk
…and that’s it. Every night, for 3 months, a boiled egg smoothie. Dinner is definitely going to be the toughest, especially with everyone else enjoying a normal dinner.
But what I’ll try to remember is that motivation is also a numbers game. If you just focus on “I can’t have pizza, I can’t drink a beer, I can’t have dessert,” you’re definitely going to lose motivation. You need to look at the whole equation. “Yes, I can’t have dessert, but I also gain a better physique and get closer to Bruce!