My 2 Months without Carbs, Sugar, or Supplements

I have always been of the belief that I had this “diet” thing figured out.  I read research, gobbled up multiple sources of food literature, and rooted out as many pieces of information that I possibly could on how the body processes the foods we eat.  I got locked into the idea that my brain was full of all the possibilities that laid before me in the spectrum of nutrition.  Of course, this is not the case.  There is always room to expand my knowledge base, learn something new, and apply different mechanics to my ever evolving search for physical performance.  I was shocked at the results that I experienced through a two month journey into a different diet/nutrient model.

My good friend, Dr. Edward Adams of STAYRXFIT, LLC and the GeneRXations Podcast, set forth a challenge to me and my cohorts.  One day, I happened to show him my supplement cabinet and his face contorted into a mass of panic, concern, and terror.  In his well educated mind, there was no reason for a human being to be consuming so many manufactured supplements.  I was flooding my body, on a daily basis, with a multitude of non regulated ingredients, some of which haven’t undergone the stringent testing necessary to evaluate their true effectiveness.

I was taking these products on the basis of what I had read and researched, as well as what top fitness professional had recommended.  I lived and breathed supplementation.  These products had been such a large portion of my regimen that I didn’t think to question their validity.  I saw results and these supplements aided in my performance, endurance, and recovery.  I was religious in my consumption and held strong to the idea that, without these ingredients, my workout gains would falter.  I didn’t once consider any ramifications of this habitual supplementation or if I was, in fact, doing more harm to my body then good.  Pros take them; so, I must take them too was my motto.

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Here’s a quick run down of my routine:

Morning:

  1. Whey Protein
  2. Multi-vitamin
  3. Green Tea Extract
  4. L-Carnitine 
  5. CLA
  6. Caffeine 
  7. Yohimbe Root Extract
  8. Omega 3/Fish oil

Pre-Workout:

  1. Whey Protein
  2. Pre-workout Supplement
  3. Green Tea Extract
  4. Yohimbe Root Extract

During Workout:

  1. Amino Acid Mix

Post-Workout:

  1. Whey/Casein Protein
  2. Creatine
  3. Candy

Bed Time:

  1. Casein Protein
  2. CLA
  3. Omega 3/Fish oil

Dr. E made a few things quite clear to me.

A)  There was no way my body could use everything I was taking in.

B) I was spending hundreds of dollars a month on supplements.

C) I could be causing lasting damage in my pursuit of momentary gains.

He set forth a challenge that inspired me and the Wreck It Crew to figure out how our bodies naturally functioned and if we truly needed all these supplements.  He measured our sizes and weights and then told us to steer clear of any type of supplementation, including protein, for a few months.  We were tasked with collecting all of our nutrients from the foods we ingested.  I also decided to try a different diet that restricted grains, breads, processed carbs and all sugars.  Double whammy!  Needless to say, the first week was brutal.  My mental resolve was challenged every morning and I found myself salivating over a tub of half used whey protein.  My routine was so deeply ingrained that I could barely make it through my first few workouts off the supplement train.  My lack of sugar and carbs didn’t make anything easier.  I went through small “withdrawals” that gave me headaches, low energy, and a decreased mental capacity.  I was in a serious funk and, for an addict, that can be a real dark place to be.

Luckily, I had encouragement and support through the guys going through the same experiment as me.  Their resolve strengthened mine and helped me over the first week hump.  By week two, my supplement cravings had diminished and I found working out without them to be quite enjoyable.  My new diet had begun to take effect and I no longer experienced the sugar pains.  On week three, things took a miraculous turn.  I wasn’t hungry as often, I had regular amounts of energy throughout the day, and I crushed intense workouts with ease.  I felt great and had a new perspective on my fitness game.

Towards the end of my 60 day no supplement and diet overhaul, I had lost 15 pounds and had the lowest fat percentage I have ever experienced on my body.  I no longer planned my day around when my next dose of miracle grow was coming and had complete freedom over my appetite.  The freedom was the most amazing part to me.  Before, I had time frames for when I had to workout or ingest a particular ingredient that would cut into my schedule.  Now I base my day on how I feel and what will be best for me in the moment.

This “free-form” approach to fitness was foreign to me but became one of the greatest lessons I gathered from this experience.  Now, I am able to hit a workout on a whim, without having to run through a supplement checklist before I am ready to wreck shop.  I have the insight to craft the supplement and meal plan that best fits my body and my needs.  There is no cookie cutter approach to diet and exercise.  It is a lifestyle that is ever changing.

With a clear goal in mind, I can build the plan that will put me in the best position for success.  There are no supplements that I absolutely have to incorporate for my dreams to manifest.  You can’t buy supplements for hard work, dedication, passion, and happiness.  Those things don’t come in pill form.  Trust me I have tried that route!

Everyone has a different chemical make up that responds differently to the food and supplements we ingest.  I know my body better through this experience and I thank Dr. Ed for showing me the light.  I challenge you to try a natural approach to your lifestyle.  Focus on the foods and nutrients that your body requires.  Once you have a base line, add in the supplements that will best help you reach your goals and don’t go overboard!  We are here to help.  Email us at wreckognizefitness@gmail.com if you have questions or just want to have a personal conversation about your fitness.  Get out there and Wreck It!

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