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Spent a lazy Sunday with the wife and dog on the beach in Half Moon Bay, Ca. (Yes, I was doing intermittent fasting, too. No obsession about eating and just enjoying the day.)
Yes, it’s 70 degrees and November, and apologies to those whose weather does not allow a good doze of vitamin D on the skin. (There’s always the pill.)
Many of you remember that, at the beginning of this year, I set a goal of losing some muscle bulk to achieve a more streamlined physique. By the look of these photos and the positive comments from my wife and friends (and some strangers), I’ve achieved that goal.
I feel much better, lighter and quicker, and my energy is nearly limitless.
The streamlining of my muscle morphology occurred as a result of purposeful reduction in heavy strength training. I use heavy resistance maybe once a week and with very little total volume, opting instead for brief, intense metabolic training using mostly bodyweight, kettlebells, medicine balls, and some lighter dumbbells. And even this is done only twice a week, 15 to 25 minutes each time.
My muscle is not bigger because of the absence of high stressor (heavy weight); it’s not smaller because there’s just enough stressor. It’s as simple as this: you build what you need, and you lose what you don’t.
It feels great to not be so damn obsessive with exercise, yet still achieving and maintaining a physique with which I can feel comfortable taking off the shirt in the middle of November.
Some of you may wonder why I want less muscle mass. It’s a personal choice, and I feel lighter and healthier at my current body weight. Also, I can wear fashionable clothes designed with fitted cut, which sometimes make me look better than how I actually look. 🙂
Nothing feels more rewarding than sliding into clothes that fit right.
This physical condition is so simple to achieve — through intermittent fasting and non-obsessive exercise — that I feel terribly guilty. (Well, no, I don’t feel guilty at all.) I can tell you, though, as a person who at one point weighed 205 lbs., this feels fantastic.
Intermittent fasting, it’s liberating.