Becoming Better Starts With Your Diet
For those of you who are reading this and do not know me, my name is Matt April and I’m obsessed with health and fitness. Below is a picture of me taken in December 2014. I weighted 150 pounds and had almost 14% body fat. I work out 6-7 days a week, flexible clean eating (with a few indulgences here and there), track my macronutrients with an app (MyFitnessPal), and get 7-8 hours of sleep a night. Overall, I would like to consider myself to be an above average, healthy individual.
Let me give you a condensed rundown of my life 9 weeks ago.
- Wake up.
- Eat a well balanced meal within the first 30 minutes of waking up.
- Go to the gym.
- Eat a large meal within 30 minutes of being home from the gym.
- Shower, dress, and prepare for the day.
- Eat another meal.
- Head to work.
- Bring a meal or two to work & eat them while there.
- Come home.
- Eat again.
- Work on my things/ spend time with my wife.
- Go to bed.
Ok, fast forward to now…I’ve been eating freely for 8 weeks.
What do I mean by freely?
I keep everything within my daily set caloric limits, following my macronutrients somewhat (pretty loosely) but I’ve been eating anything I want (burgers, cakes, breads, pop tarts, my wife’s baked delights, etc.).
My overall energy level has diminished significantly, my skin has developed irritated rashy areas, I’ve gotten a little bit of lovely adult bacne (back acne) as well as regular acne (yum, I’m sure you all wanted these ravishing details).
Why would I do this to myself??
I want to put myself in a position to show you all how important a proper/healthy diet truly is and how your eating habits can really determine your overall well-being (internal and external).
Macronutrient tracking is important for overall aesthetics, but realistically, we need to worry about how our insides look too! After all, it’s our insides that will determine our outsides in the long game.
So, next week starts my official 12 week series of updates along my journey I’m going to call, “Better eating for the best you.” I’m considering having my wife take some awesome pictures for this progress as well, maybe some food pictures will pop up. I will periodically make posts on here with progress pictures and updates.
As a side note, what would you think about a video blog of this adventure as well?