Wow I’ve been on the LDNM Bikini Guide V3 for a week already. So it’s only 17 weeks until I get to flaunt some rock hard abs! Well hopefully.
In the middle of the week I was starting to doubt whether I could keep this up for another 17 weeks, but now that I’m starting to get used to my new ways of eating and working out I am enjoying it!
The plan is all about sticking to a set amount of macros you need to eat daily dependant on your body type and weight. I was shocked that I need to be eating over 2,000 calories a day! But to be honest it completely makes sense because this is the only way I’ll be able to fuel my body enough for workouts in order to build the lean body that I want. If your sole aim is to lose body fat but not gain muscle, or bulk up, then you should think twice about this plan. Of course you will burn fat by building more muscle but with this plan you have to be prepared to feel full all the time, workout hard and potentially get bigger before you can get smaller.
At the moment, only one week in, I definitely don’t feel like I’ve got any bigger which is a win! So I know that if I continue I am sure to build muscle. But I have to say that I haven’t stuck rigidly to my macros. Not that I have eaten any junk (trust me I haven’t even touched sugar this week) but I haven’t eaten enough because I just wasn’t prepared for the huge amount of protein and carbs I would have to eat. Yes carbs. Too many people see carbs as the devil, but as the LDNM boys will tell you (and look how buff they are by the way) carbs are a source of fuel to help you build your muscles which will help you get a lean body in the end. So I actually really love that this plan is forcing me to eat A LOT. It makes a change from the stupid diets I’ve tried to stick to in the past, and it is giving me a stepping stone to a lifestyle that I can keep up forever.
Now don’t get me wrong, measuring everything out to the nth degree isn’t something anyone can keep up forever, but after a while you won’t need to measure because you’ll know from looking at food how much you need to eat. So this plan is definitely something that I can always refer to in the future if I ever need or want to gain more muscle.
The workouts are good, I still have a lot of other ones to try out but the ones I’ve done so far have made my body ache a hell of a lot the next day, which is the best sign that you’ve worked hard. This = a happy me.
I feel like this week has been a week of breaking myself into new habits and just getting used to something different, so from now on I’ll be able to stick a lot more strictly to my macros. I am eating the foods I like, just a lot more of them and I’m also drinking protein shakes for the first time. They’re fine though if you’re wondering and they’re the only way I could possibly get the amount of protein that the Bikini Guide requires into my system. Plus I have a few different flavours to keep things exciting!
So tomorrow is the start of week two, which means a different set of workouts, sticking rigidly to the food that I am now used to, and of course transformation pics. Hopefully I’ll be able to see a slight difference by next Sunday, but I know that I’ll have to stick at it for much longer to start to see more muscle definition.
Stay tuned 🙂