Progress Continues When You Stick With It
By: TV Personality & Naturalist David Mizejewski
Just had my latest bi-weekly weigh-in and InBody assessment with VIDA Registered Dietitian Addie Claire Merletti and I’m super excited to report that my hard work over these last two weeks since she and I last met is continuing to work!
I’m down another 5 lbs. of body fat. That’s another 3.7 percent reduction in total body fat in just these last two weeks. Since the beginning of this fitness journey, I’ve lost a full 30 cm of visceral fat inside my body, which is the internal body fat that you can’t see but that is tied to so many health issues. That’s another 3.7 percent reduction in total body fat in just these last two weeks.
I’ve also gained just over a 1 lbs. of muscle in the past two weeks, which I’m thrilled about. As I’ve written about previously, I gained several pounds of muscle at the very beginning back in January, but then lost it all again in February from not eating enough of the right kinds of calories at the right times to maintain it, and haven’t been able to put on any more muscle since. Now that I’ve refocused my training and my diet, I’m finally seeing the muscle build again.
The other metric that I’m really happy about is my resting metabolism, which is the number of calories my body burns when at total rest. I’m burning an additional 24 calories per day at rest than I was before. Doesn’t sound like much, but everything counts.
That brings me to a total of over twelve lbs. down since January factoring in visceral body fat loss plus muscle gained. While that’s not a massive amount and not as much as was hoping for at this stage, I’ve busted my butt to earn each lost pound of fat, every gained muscle, and each incremental change to my resting metabolism—both in hours put in at VIDA as well as into overcoming the fitness learning curve of what I need to do with both with exercise and nutrition to make the improvements to my physical condition and overall health that are my ultimate goals. It took me a while to figure it all out but I feel like in the last month I’ve got the right formula of exercise and diet that is not only working results-wise but that I also feel like I can sustain with my insane work and travel schedule.
Addie doesn’t want me to lose more body fat in a week than I’m currently losing, which is 2.5 lbs. per week. I’m fine with slow and steady and sustainable. Even when my “six-month fitness makeover challenge” is over in June, I’m going to still be plugging away, regardless of how much body fat I’ve lost and muscle I’ve gained in that timeframe. I’m in this for the long haul, for a permanent lifestyle change and long-term health with VIDA.