As a child I would always place myself in the overweight category. I generally found it very difficult to eat real food I would always find myself snacking away on junk food when I was hungry. I recognized I had a problem with my weight at the age of 16. At the age of 14 I was actively participating in sporting activities and played rugby league for several years. It was my years of playing league that made me distinguish that maybe I was doing something wrong; that is the reason I gained weight gradually in comparison to my other team mates.
Overtime I made the decision to make changes in my eating habits by limiting junk food to once a day and making several small changes such as replacing acidic drinks and juices for water with meals. I definitely started noticing changes in my figure as well as fitness, however I was not pleased with the slow progress. Over time, I became to recognize that I may have been born with poor genetics as I assessed my father and brothers figure. Our ability to burn fat is disadvantaged to some others. I definitely would categorize my body type to be between and endomorph and a mesomorph.
After a few medical checks I was pleased to hear that I do not have any allergies so I am free to eat all kinds of food. My Only restrictions are that I am of Islamic faith so any meat coming from a pig is forbidden in my religion. The fact that I have no allergies has allowed me to keep an overall healthy and balanced lifestyle. I maintain a balanced diet and enjoy food like nuts, dairy, meats etc. My current goal is to attain a lean muscular figure. I actively go to the gym 6 days a week and find lifting weights a therapeutic activity as it relieves me from certain stresses in day-to-day life. I am pleased that I had a solid foundation to begin with and found it rather easy to put on muscle with the genetics I was presented with. It now is my aim to continue eating low-carb meals that will aid me in becoming leaner in due time.
I did not find the process of recording my food challenging as I have had previous experience doing so. The food I ate during the two days was not influenced by the fact that I knew I was recording my days worth of food. However, I ate naturally as I usually would. In the process of recording I resulted to the mobile version of My Fitness Pal on my iPhone to aid in recording the food I ate. This made the process of recording the foods I ate easy and I did not manage to forget as it was done with the preparation of each meal.
With regards to portion size I usually have sandwich bags weighed out at 200g for protein sources such as chicken, fish and steaks. They are defrosted and the exact portion is prepared making the process easier. It usually results in accurate measure with regards to my diet and speeds up the process.
I did however steer away from eating out on the two days, as I was curious to check whether my diet was on track. The reason I did not have any take away foods was mainly because I am unable to exercise portion control. Prepared meals by a fast food outlet or restaurant are sometimes greater than usual serving sizes. The fact that my diet consisted of home prepared meals and simple snacks made the process of recording simple and straight to the point.
One feature I enjoy about using My Fitness Pal is the ability to scan food product barcodes and macronutrients are requested by the database and the food entry is added to my diary seamlessly. This eliminates the process of entering foods macronutrients individually which saves time and effort.
The following are figures suggested by MyFitnessPal upon entering my gender, age, weight and level of physical activity. MyFitnessPal also allows the user to select their fitness goal. My current goal is to maintain my weight and add lean muscle tissue. The Presented figures shown however do not represent my diet. From personal past diet and exercise experience my body...
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