OK folks, it’s the moment you’ve all been waiting for. Your revenge on Adam for the exercise hell he’s put you through. If you’ve ever cursed his name during yet another static hold or leg swoop, you can take satisfaction in watching someone else do it to HIM.
Our friend Arnel kidnapped Adam (at Ryan’s request – but don’t tell Adam that!) and subjected our resident coach to his ultimate creation — the 1000 calorie workout!
Did he survive? Watch and see…
I hope you enjoyed that as much as we did!
A tough workout? Sure.
But the beauty of the 1000 Calorie Challenge is the way it builds you up to those Big Kahuna workouts. Arnel’s program works for everyone because it’s incremental — an approach that’s very much in line with our philosophy.
The other secret to the ultra efficiency of this program is the strategic alliance between exercise and diet. As we discussed in previous blog posts — Caloric Restriction and Recommended Dietary Allowance — it’s not only safe but highly effective to pair days of significantly reduced caloric intake with days of high output exercise.
And that’s where Arnel’s partner Joel Marion comes in. Joel is one of the most creative nutrition gurus in the industry. He’s also a good friend, and when he posts something new we immediately grab it and try it. Joel’s come up with a brilliant approach for mixing low calorie nutrition days with high calorie exercise days.
When you consider the price of a pound of fat loss — 3500 calories — there’s no getting around the fact that you must create a caloric deficit if you want to shed flab. But you have to be strategic about it. And that’s Joel’s forte.
Joel ensures that you accumulate a massive caloric deficit without risking a mental or physiological “blow out” by strategically waving nutritional variety over the course of a week. That means mixing days that hover around 1000 calories, depending on your bodyweight, with more moderate days. But don’t worry if this sounds extreme! This is Joel remember…? You also get a cheat day… 🙂
Ryan insisted on including one caveat. Okay, he called it a warning. Much to his chagrin, your daily nightcap does count toward your calorie consumption. Yes, as he pointed out on more than one occasion — rather “vocally” and with some shockingly foul language — they are “empty” calories. But they’re still calories. You have to count them. Sorry Ryan.
Where were we?
Oh yeah. The big question. Can you REALLY do these huge workouts on your 1000 calorie nutrition days? Our unequivocal answer is yes. Adam does it all the time. However, some people might prefer to alternate days of high exercise output and low caloric intake, and that’s OK too. As we said in our post about dietary allowances, the body works on running averages. It doesn’t stop counting calories at midnight…
So don’t be scared to experiment with the fringes of what you think is possible. But be PROGRESSIVE about it, just as Joel and Arnel teach in their new program.
Ryan’s been experimenting with the program for the past few weeks, and he’s seen excellent results. We were honestly surprised he stuck with it that long — he’s never actually been on a “diet” in his life, and he hates being told what to do. But the concept and the “challenge” were too intriguing to pass up.
So you can experiment with this way of matching training and nutrition on your own. You have the basic concept down from this article.