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As a culture we’ve come to expect that new year’s resolutions typically include weight loss, or more specifically fat loss. But we don’t often hear someone making a new year’s resolution of muscle loss.
Not Weight Loss, But Muscle Loss!
Well, this is my new year’s resolution — to lose some muscle bulk.
Since I’m already between 5% to 8% body fat, I really don’t want to lose any more fat. But I want to weigh less, feel lighter, and be not only lean but also slimmer. So the only way this will happen is if I lose some muscle.
Currently my physique is more like that of an amateur bodybuilder. This was a result of heavy and intense resistant training in the past, and as I lost the fat (via the Paleo diet and intermittent fasting), my muscles finally became visible and my body took on the look of more muscularity than I personally care for. Plus, I believe that I’ll feel even better at a lighter body weight.
So my new year resolution is to lose some muscle mass and look slimmer, to take on the physique like that of, say, Daniel Craig. (Maybe it’s my subconscious wish to be James Bond!)
Anyway, another reason I’m doing this is to show that muscle gain (or loss) is a result of training stimulus, and not so much of diet — or even of protein intake. This will demonstrate to people that they should focus on strength training for muscle mass, while relying on diet for fat loss.
So the only thing that I’ll do differently is eliminate resistant training at the gym, and stick to infrequent body-weight exercise, which will be mostly natural movements: random squatting, getting down to and up from the floor (like burpees), some random pushups, sprinting, and once in a while some jumping.
Remember, I’ll be doing some the above very infrequently — maybe once a week. That’s it. The rest of my activities will be normal living, and casual walking. This will allow me to focus on and enjoy life even more, put my mind to things that are important (friends and family), which is actually my other new year’s resolution.
I’ll keep my diet the same, and that is a combination of Paleo nutrition and intermittent fasting (IF). I will not consciously eat less or eat more, because I have always believed that the Law of Thermogenesis (energy conservation) will dictate how many calories my body needs. I’ll continue to eat mindful of physical hunger.
I’ll update my progress with pictures. But here’s a very recent picture from a recent post.
Do you have a new year’s resolution? Is it weight loss? A better diet? Exercise? Enjoy life more? Share it in the comment section?