Today I am sad. It’s not a great one I’m afraid as I’ve actually seen an increase in body fat percentage. I was doubly shocked when I saw all of the data.
I was ready for maybe moving a little more slowly this week than I had anticipated – say, moving 0.3-0.4% down to move just below 20% body fat. So, I was shocked when, as you can see, I moved up by 2 percent exactly. Really not a great turn out considering I’ve given myself 12 weeks to get into shape.
The results don’t lie and you can see that all of my readings have increased across the board apart from my hamstrings, which went down slightly (apparently due to a reduction in oestrogen).
After last week’s happy body fat percentage reduction from over nine months of hard work I’m more than a little disappointed in myself, and how this has come about.
Why Did I Go Up?
Without looking more scientifically into it, I’m concluding – after speaking with my trainer and looking back on things – that there were two things: I took my eye off the ball with regards to my food and what I eat and my sleep hasn’t been that great. Sleep is a crucially important part of the weight loss/muscle building & developing camp, and from past struggles I know that is a clear prevention on my moving forward.
Also, I’ve mentioned before on the daily blogs that I thought I was eating a bit too many carbs, but it looks like those are high as well as my fat content as well: eating the same weight of an oily fish such as mackerel as I would do with a non-oily fish such as salmon, resulting in an over indulgence of fat.
Now, I know that fat doesn’t make us fat, but I’m clearly aware that I need to not consume a high percentage terms in relation to other nutrients such as carbohydrates and proteins. Below is a summary of my nutrient intake for this past week.
So, there you have it. It really is a short summary this time because, well, I know you’ll get it when I write that I’m a little upset. To go up 2 percent in body fat in the first week is a real let down. That doesn’t mean to say I’ll be throwing it all away and snacking on ice cream and chocoloate though (which I might have done in the past). It’s now time for perseverance and setting out some clear meal plans and direction.
But, it’s onwards and upwards towards the goals I set out in my 90-day fitness challenge post, and here’s to next week’s report where I see the percentage drop right back down.