The holidays are over and the new year has arrived.  Gone is the psychological addiction to holiday eating.  Good riddance to the mentality of “waiting on ab definition” while using fall and winter as an excuse to do a slow bulk.. which is really just my excuse to eat slightly more.

To get lean and ripped, one must start working a few months in advance and Jan 1 allows for the perfect opportunity.

For me, 2012 was a great success.  I lost over 12% body fat, but admittedly, I slacked during the end of the year.  I slacked because I knew summer was coming to an end and I didn’t really love the idea of being at my leanest just as the cold weather was coming into season.

However, I used the opportunity to try some different dieting methods and I learned a few new things about my body so I found success while maintaining weight.  No regrets.

I managed to eat better than any other year of my life in 2012.  The only landslide failure I had was the last week of December.. as in last week.  I was at the in-laws for three days and had two more Christmas parties on my return.  There was more sugary goodness than a person should ever have access to.

The day after all of that, I ate my worst.  I simply said.. “Ah the hell with it.  What’s one more day?”.  I hit Incredible Pizza and didn’t even consider walking away until I was over-stuffed.

I indulged.. and a lot.  Admittedly, it was a planned indulgence and that might not technically allow me to call it a “landslide failure” but I ended up eating far more than I had planned.

So why the lack of year-long devotion?  Why did I go crazy in the last week of the nutritionally healthiest year of my life?

I knew that January 1st was right around the corner and since the end of summer, I’ve quietly preparing for this day.

90 Days of Ketosis

For the next three months, I expect my body to transform into the leanest state I have ever known.

I’ll be eating at a severe caloric deficit and most importantly, I’ll be relying on fats for energy, since I’ll be getting virtually no carbs.

The majority of my carbohydrates will come from broccoli and green beans (if not all).  Any all all green veggies are allowed.

The majority of my diet will be from healthy fats and proteins will come in second.

Ketosis, or Keto, is one of the quickest ways to build a lean body.  Keto is also one of the more confusing topics for a lot of body builders and lean body practitioners.  There’s an Adkins vibe associated with ketosis and unfortunately, that keeps many from exploring the many benefits of burning ketones for fuel.

Don’t be afraid of short-term no/low carb diets for leaning up.

I’ll also be fasting 16 hours every day and eating all my food in an 8 hour window, engaging in the most popular form of intermittent fasting.

The strengths of keto and intermittent fasting are likely to give me substantial results.

If you’re interested in how this turns out, I encourage you to subscribe below.  I can guarantee impressive results.  I don’t cheat on my diets when I’m highly motivated and I’ve been waiting for this since about the time fall came around last year.

I won’t promise that I won’t drop some muscle, but there will be a drastic reduction in body fat.  I do plan on taking several steps to preserve muscle so hopefully, any muscle lost will be minimal.

My wife, Amy, just took some images of me so that I’ll be able to compare the final results with 1/1/2013.  I’ll fully explain the diet and exercise components of this plan on completion.

What’s Your New Year’s Resolution?

new years resolutionsI really hope you take the opportunity of a new year to make at least one new healthy resolution.

If you decide to give it a go at being extreme as I’m doing here, be careful and let me know what you’re up to.  I’d love to follow a few others with some lofty goals.

Don’t be afraid to just start simple and make small changes.  It’s all about building up to a better “you” and creating positive change.

Maybe you just need to start eating healthier?

Maybe you’re a smoker needing to quit?

Maybe you have a lot of weight to lose?

While the new year can be looked on as “just another day”, it really is a great time to make change.

Here’s to 2013 being our best year yet!

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