LOMAD – Occam’s Protocol – does it work?
With about 6 weeks of training behind me now, I was hoping to see a little bit more weight on the scales at this point, though I’m by no means disappointed. I wrote recently about things seeming to stop moving upwards, for a week or so, and so I set out to tackle this problem with a few solutions.
The most obvious change was adding milk to my protein shakes, and adding an extra protein shake per day, for a total of 2-3 drinks on non-workout days, and 3 on workout days. This worked out to a total of around 1 liter of milk per day, or LOMAD. I’m not yet going near GOMAD (gallon of milk a day), however if the time comes, I will consider it.
I also added a protein bar (20g protein, 20g sugars) for immediately after a workout. Though I’m aware of the protein window probably closing before this hit my bloodstream, it was more about finding another time of day when I could stomach more food.
I changed my 1/3 cup of brown rice (before cooking), and my 1/3 cup of red lentils (before cooking) to 1/2 cup in each case. So my breakfast was very large, and my lunch 1 and lunch 2 likewise. Dinner was still a regular slow carb meal, with a half protein shake.
Finally, I’m happy to say I’ve cracked the 160 pounds barrier that I seem to be hovering near for a couple of weeks. My weigh ins, which were done on my cheat day mornings, under the same circumstances, look like this for the last 4 weeks: 158, 158, 159, and now 161.
Obviously it’s not a huge change, but there seems to be something symbolic about being able to find a way to help my body up that muscle building mountain that it’s always been so hesitant to climb. I am now climbing it, and having reached this little peak, the 175lb peak seem to be that much close, which is a great feeling. Much like anyone gets when they seem themselves getting nearer to a weight loss target.
Though it might seem a little strange to be talking about gaining weight, in the middle of lots of people who want to lose some, it’s basically the same process – changing habits and then seeing results come in the form of changes in your body. There isn’t actually that much difference at all. As I prepare for a very active summer, I want to know that my body has the strength to tackle everything I throw at it, and seeing the weight on the scales, and the numbers at the gym going up, are two good ways to know that before I go and start climbing mountains or embarking on epic kayaking adventures.
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