A s hinted on my Instagram previously, my summer 2016 will be different from others as I will take a longer break from work – longer than your usual summer holidays – to refocus and reset certain values in life and to get adventurous again by moving to Panama for 4 months. Panama has quickly conquered my heart – both on a personal and #travelpaleo-approved level.
Even though my friends in Panama call the season from May – September “winter”, it will be more than enough summery for my European taste and I can not wait to hit the amazing Pacific and Carribbean beaches on weekends. Hence you might understand the desire to shapen up, even though my aim is it to have “summerbody” all year around, cause it simply makes me feel better, healthier and more comfortable in my own skin.
So, a mini cut for a proper bikini summer started last week – some time to time I would like to update anyone interested about my progress.
DISCLAIMER: naturally, whenever you are cutting – a caloric deficit is unavoidable. But I made some adjustments this time around.
I have to admit, I made the mistake to just drop my calories last year with the result that my weight went down too rapidly and resulted in some unwanted muscle loss.
To avoid this in 2016, I started to implement some little changes in my diet and workout routine – the progress is already visible after 1.5 weeks I feel.
- Relax – do not take your cut too seriously and stop focusing on the scale and learn to trust the mirror.
- Intensify your workouts – I amped up my body weight/ weight lifting routines and support my intensity increase by adding a sweat belt to it – just to make the workouts a tad bit harder for me.
- Increase your lean protein intake to avoid the dreaded muscle loss – I am still on a fairly low-carb train, but allow moderate-carb days and stay on bay with my fats.
As we all know, girls in particular have a hard time reaching protein goals – lucky enough my paleo nutrition makes me have lean meats and eggs on a daily basis anyway. But I simply can not make myself to drink protein shakes – I first do not like them and also can not stand the texture. So are protein bars the solution?
I know I know – paleo should be all about clean and unprocessed food choices and protein powders or bars are actually some of the most-processed products, as they simply do not grow wild. But I personally chose to approach my goals with a balanced 80/20 in 2016 and that’s why I chose to look at the ingredients instead of the production in general and luckily, my favorite protein bars are now kind-of paleo as well – at least I personally allow them as they are grain -, gluten – and sugar-free.
QUEST BARS. If you are even slightly interested in fitness & workouts you can not have missed them.
Treating Questies as a treat once in a while, luckily there are two types of bars now: some with natural sweeteners such as Stevia and Erythritol (All Natural Edition) and the Original bars not sweetened with natural sweeteners. These include bars sweetened with Sucralose, which is not paleo and should generally be avoided or not consumed on a daily basis. Stevia and Erythritol are good paleo ingredients though and I try to incorporate them into my sweet recipes rather than blood-sugar spiking honey or agave nectar.
Please have a look at the overview of All Natural vs. Original flavours – currently available via Quest Nutrition
Note to myself:
So my favorite flavor “Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough” is not on the All Natural list – I will switch it up with a naturally sweetned choice or treat it as a treat from now on. And as summer is right around the corner, I will start trying some clean berry-flavored recipes for baking too.