Myfitfoods review week 1

The Starting Point: I’m 5 foot 9 inches and a 202 lbs starting weight. So I’m not exactly fat, but I’m not fit either. I’m a little chubby @ 22.1% bodyfat and I’ve been on a plan to reduce my bodyfat to 15%. Over the last 2 months, I’ve increased my workout volume considerably, but without losing any weight. My weight has fluctuated between 199-209 lbs, with healthy eating habits (mostly), my problem is looking more and more like volume, and regular exercise. My typical meal was Myoplex for breakfast, lunch & dinner of yams, carrots, broccoli, and .75 lb of protein 3 times a day. I was trying to figure out how to get below the 199 floor I seem to keep hitting. I’ve been increasing my exercise, but it wasn’t registering on the scale. So I needed to make an adjustment. My overall weight goal is 175-180, with a stretch goal of 170 lbs or 12% bodyfat.

Not too long ago my friend introduced me to myfitfoods.com to help me out with my nutrition. My friend, mentioned they have this program, the 21 day challenge.  Apparently he was referred by another friend who had good results (note: word of mouth advertising is still the best). I was looking for a way to get my nutrition needs under control, so this lined up pretty well timing wise for me because I’m coming up on my last month of my 3 month plan. After researching the site and reading some reviews, most of them were positive, I decided to do the free consultation. Ultimately, its the same thing that you would always hear.

  1. You have to watch what you eat
  2. You have to watch how much you eat
  3. You have to eat smaller portions on a more frequent basis (5 meals vs 3 meals)

What I really found what the benefit to be was, actually getting on a plan and sticking to it. Since all the meals are prepped and in the fridge, it becomes more an exercise of will power. I already knew what they were preaching, it takes about 10 seconds on google to find, but having the entire 21 days structured was what I found most beneficial. I decided to try the 21 day challenge and signed up for my first set of meals. 6 meals a day 7 days a week, no cheat meals until week 2 to 3. However, last night I did have a little cheat of 3 drinks and 1 full kabob. 😛 Socializing sucks when you can’t eat or drink anything, but it was also a last minute deal with the friend who introduced me to the program in the first place. Luckily, it didn’t impact my results too much, which is a little further down.

There are some options to choose from. There was sport performance, increase in energy, and weight loss programs. Each program basically is a higher or lower caloric count. I chose the weight loss program since that was my main goal and gluten free to see if I was gluten sensitive.

Cost:

Myfitfoods is not exactly the most affordable thing to do, but I’m single with no kids so whatever. I consider it an investment in my health. Meals range from $7-12 depending on size, but a $7 quarter of an apple, three strawberries, 1 table spoon of cashew butter, and some cottage cheese is pretty pricey. The other meals are OK. I guess what I’m really paying for is the mentorship and coaching. Everyday I get an automated e-mail from my nutritionist with little tidbits here and there. It’s a generic template, but hey, its a reminder everyday what my goal is.

The also offer a cocktail, which consists of cranberry juice, apple cider vinegar, half a lemon, and B-12. This is considered optional, but didn’t come off that way when I spoke to my counselor.

Also optional is a daily myfitpack which includes some basic things like: fish oil, multivitamin, milk thistle, cinnamon, and green tea extract. I told them I already use GNC Megamen Sport and Green Vibrance on a daily basis, but they still pushed it into the plan. For my friend, they didn’t.

My last option I’m on is the myfit whey protein. This is about 100 calories for 25 grams of protein. I use this because I’m fairly active and need the extra bit of protein. I don’t really like the taste, its pretty sweet and it is of very thin consistency. I usually like my shakes medium viscosity or at least have some viscosity and not be watery. They recommeded this because it is only 100 calories, compared to my normal EAS Myoplex Original which is 42 grams and 300 calories, but is considered a Meal Replacement Pack.

Food:

The food is a little better than average. The fruit is fresh, which I really like, even though there’s not a lot of it and some things are tastier than others but overall, they use good ingredients which is what I care about. Another thing, the food isn’t frozen. I have to pick up my food 2 days a week, which is reasonable. I don’t own a microwave so this is very important for me. I move the food into a bowl and I steam it to reheat. There’s something about microwaves I just don’t like.

The dishes themselves are of good variety of American and Mexican style foods.  You can look at the website for the kind of food that they have but overall I would give it a pass. Better than the frozen stuff for sure, but not as good as the delicious food I postponed having before I started the program.

Conclusion:

The program is pretty much a guided tour of the best practices of losing weight. The consultation is fairly generic and doesn’t really dive deep down, into blood work reviews. It is your basic eat less if you want to lose weight and adjust if you are losing weight too slowly or too fast. If you want to educate yourself in learning how your body reacts to food, I think this is a good way to go.  The 21 day challenge is just enough time to get an idea of the proper portion sizes, I’m supposed to be eating for my size.  The main goal with a program like this is to reprogram my habits and 3 weeks is what they say is needed to retrain your habits, if you do it consistently. Just be aware of the options upsell. Other than that, I’d say it will help you. It’s helped me in a very short amount of time break through a floor I’ve been trying to break through for 2 months!

Results:

After six days on the program I’ve lost 4.2 lbs so far. My starting weight was 202.4 and I’m currently at 198.2. The average caloric intake is around 1800 calories per day, which includes a protein shake. I’d consider myself pretty active with 2 days weight training, 2-3 days 3 mile run, 1 day swimming, and 1 day Hot yoga. My energy levels while I’m exercising are pretty good, I don’t feel weak. I still intend to up the volume of my workouts but keep the intensity the same because of the calorie restriction.

Note: In addition to Myfitfoods, I also use myfitnesspal app to track the calories that I’m eating, so I know the totals for each day and also to track my weight. All the myfitfoods food selection is already in the database which makes it easy to track and record.

Next installment will be week 2.

 

 

Blending vs. Juicing

Personally I like a mix of blending and juicing… I like the juicing cause I can squeeze 3 lbs of veggies into 36 oz of liquid. Eating 3 lbs of veggies is not very feasible.

My workouts require a lot of refueling hence the heavy concentration. I dig the blending on my off days, or early meals, where I can just blend 6 cups of veggies w. a little fruit and drink it. Since I have to add water, I get added hydration with the fiber and the micro nutrients from peels and make my stomach work and fill it… Otherwise, I’m constantly hungry with just juicing which sucks so bad. With a blender, I can make protein drinks/mrp’s/recovery/etc and add some fruits to the mix to make it taste better. Blending protein shakes makes for a much better protein shake than a shaker.

For the program I’m on, I require both since I don’t juice to detox and more for faster recovery. I barely use any fruits in the juicer since I try to minimize the fructose/sugar. (when I race, I carry blox which is fructose and gives me a bigger energy boost because I limit the amount of sugar leading up to an event) I’m trying to train my body to absorb nutrients quickly and after awhile of juicing primarily I noticed much more sensitivity to spices, sugar, salt, etc. to regular food. This is the same with blending. I’ve noticed though, I recover faster with juicing w. some type of protein.

I just recently picked up a Blendtec Wildside + 4 side for $399 from Costco, cheapest place I’ve found, and its a good compliment to the Omega 8006. Ultimately, one could get away with just a blender, but if you need the high vitamin concentration or detoxing a juicer is a must have. Detoxing is not the main purpose of the juicer for me, though it might be for many people. Since I’ve added many veggies to my diet, I feel like the fiber is wasted and could be better utilized by the body for one or two meals a day. My main mantra behind juicing, soft fleshy veggies (cucumber) and fruits, blend. Leafy or overly fiberous veggies like (kale, chard, celery), juice and maybe throw some in a smoothie.

Blenders and Juicers compliment each other more than replacing each other and if you can afford it get both. If starting off with a first purchase, I’d say start off with the blender since you can make juice with the blender with the added step of straining if you wanted to. The blender is more versatile while the juicer has a very specific purpose. The juicer is more wasteful but has a purpose. Let’s say a juicer is 80% efficient and blending is 100% because you capture fiber and all. You can consume 2 lbs. of food at 80% efficiency vs. barely taking 1 lb. of smoothie at 100%. You can double the amount of veggies and have less liquid to consume. If you’re making smoothies often, then it doesn’t matter, but if you want it all at once, a juicer is better. If you want options, get both.

My overall goal is to maintain muscle mass maybe even gain some fast twitch muscle, while still losing weight, hence the balance between juicing and blending. Juicing alone makes me weak strength wise but when supplemented with blending protein drinks, I get a more balanced nutrition profile with the energy I need. btw. I don’t blend natural protein like chicken, fish, beef, or pork. just veggies cause I get tired of chewing.

Conclusion: Juicing vs. Blending – I think they serve different purposes and depending on what you can maintain and handle in terms of flavor tolerance, your decision should based on your preference. Juicers produce a very thin concentrated liquid where blending has less intense flavor per oz. and is thicker and more filling. Ultimately, we all need fiber so I’d start off with the blender and work up to a juicer. The very first step though is to make a commitment to add more vegetables and fruit to your diet period.