Both my wife and I over the last few months have found our ability to keep our energy up with increased training regime has been very difficult and I am sure this has resulted in the continued colds and illness we seem to be picking up.
We have both discussed trying a vegan/plant-based diet in the past but after watching a great documentary by UFC fighter James Wilks, in which he explored the benefits of a Vegan/Plant-based diet –
For me, my takeaways from this documentary have been: –
- The performance benefit from ageing Athletes
- Weight loss
- Benefits across different sports (e.g. American Football / Ultra Marathon)
Over the last 5 weeks, I have been doing intermittent fasting but with meat/eggs and chicken and although it has not been perfect, I have not seen the results I would have liked to see.
Again, the last few months my energy levels have been low and I am constantly ill which has really affected my training. But, if the benefits of Planet-Based diet are fully realised and line up with some of the claims of the documentary and the Game changer website, I will see a significant result in 30 days.
So from the 14th October 2019 to 09th November 2019, I will follow a plant-based diet using the same Intermite-fasting eating schedule I did last year to lose weight for the British Masters.
06:30 – Cross Trainer/Bike – 30 minutes
–Eating Window OPEN–
08:00 – yogurt and fruit with Chia and hemp. Black Coffee, Water, Protein, Greens powder
11:00 – Coffee, water, Salad bowl with hummus
13:00 – Beef joint and green veggies
15:00 – Grenade carb killa bar, coffee
–Eating Window CLOSED–
— APPROX 2.5 Litres of Water in the evening–
I think this will give a good comparison as I will be following a tested and documented approach from last year. Here is the data I am planning on capturing:-
The structure will look like this
06:00 – 08:00 – Training (Cardio / Weights)
08:30 – 15:30 – Eating window, 3 meals a day and snacks
18:00 – 20:30 – Training / Coaching Martial Arts
I am also going to try and follow the same calories intake of 1630cals and track my intake via “My Fitness Pal”. Acroding to my goal set in MFP, to lose 1 kg of weight a week, I should be eating around 1630 cals a day.
I am also recording “Energy Levels” and “Performance” through out this, on the training entries us a “Rate of Perceived Excursion” (RPE) to help track how the diet effects my ability to train.
You can follow me on Instagra @spenfu and I will be uploading videos on my progression on my YouTube Channel.
Personally I hope this does not work, I love eating meat, but my current diet (and age) could be a contrubuting factor to my current lack of energy and illnesses.