Since starting the vegetarian diet at the beginning of this month I was hoping to find a diet that would help me get past a weight loss plateau. Unfortunately it hasn’t really worked out.
I will be continuing the vegetarian diet for the rest of the month just to see it through but I think it’s just too difficult to maintain the vegetarian diet without becoming a starchatarian.
To get myself off this weight loss plateau I’m going to be focusing on two things for the next few weeks.
- Drinking lots of water
- Lifting heavy weights
The more research that I read the more convincing it is that lifting weights is perhaps 5x more effective than a cardio program for getting and staying in shape.
There are just a couple of key moves that I’m going to be focusing on.
The Squat – is a fantastic movement. It focuses on the biggest muscles in the body which means that they are quick to tire you out, and they burn lots calories.
Kettlebell swings – according to Tim Ferriss this is perhaps the best exercise movement you can do because it works every major muscle group – legs, core, back, shoulders and arms.
Pull-ups – not that great of an exercise, just something that is quick and easy to do throughout the day since my pull-up bar is just outside my office door.
Unlike running or biking where you run for 30-60 minutes or more with a slightly elevated heart rate and breathing. A squat can leave you out of breath and exhausted in 25 seconds. It is – in some respects – very similar to the HIIT style cardio workouts which can be very effective.
I’m at 169lbs right now and my goal is to get down to 155lbs before thanksgiving – when I’m doing a half marathon in Kelowna.