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I’m A Freak? I’ll Take That As A Compliment…

Before starting the Getting A Six-Pack Experiment I wanted some professional advice to get me in shape in one month (sounds impossible). Originally I was going to hire a personal trainer, but Adam (whom I’ve actually never met in person, just through his blog) has a quite successful business called MyBodyTutor which is sort of like a “virtual” personal trainer you can use from anywhere….this was WAY more appealing since I didn’t have to travel to a gym in a far away land every day…and it turned out to be a MUCH better choice.

Here is what Adam has said about the experience working with me so far:

Right off the bat I want you to know one thing: Nev is a freak!

And when I say freak, I mean that in a very endearing way. He is absolutely a freak of nature, an anomaly and most definitely someone who marches to the beat of his own drums.

We all know and love Nev for his crazy experiments that he is brave enough to endure while we get to sit back and watch from the comfort of our own chairs and be entertained. Except this time would be different…

Nev reached out to me, wanting to join MyBodyTutor for an upcoming experiment. Before he’d tell me his goals though, he insisted I work with him – no matter what. So without knowing what the experiment would be, and for the sake of his fascinating experiments, I nervously agreed.

When Nev told me he wanted a six-pack in 30 days I told him he was crazy. But that didn’t stop Nev.

It would take extraordinary effort to achieve extraordinary results in such a short period of time. By definition, it’s impossible to sustain extraordinary effort for more than a few months at a time.

I know why Nev made me agree to work with him first. Because he knows I’m all about realistic, sustainable and healthy diets. If it’s not, you won’t be able to stay consistent.

After all, getting the body you want is about 3 things: Eating right. Exercising. And doing those 2 things consistently. That’s it!

Unfortunately, it’s the consistency part that’s so hard. It’s just too easy to make excuses and procrastinate. It’s even easier to lie to ourselves, and rationalize poor eating and a lack of exercise.

Consistency is hard enough! Consistency with an insane diet/workout is almost impossible.

The diet Nev is following is absolutely extreme. For normal people (like me) I don’t recommend it. His calories are very low; and his physical activity is very high.

In fact, since starting MBT, and having worked with hundreds of people of all ages, sizes and shapes, I haven’t had one client like him. I say this because I can’t stand “lose 10,000 pounds in 10 days” type schemes. They make my skin crawl and I can see how someone who is just checking out NevBlog for the first time might find his results so far unbelievable.

Nev has been able to do this by changing his diet and exercise, and of course, doing that consistently. (Yes, much easier said than done!) If he had asked about fat loss supplements, etc., I wouldn’t have worked with him. But he didn’t.

He’s a great client and is willing to do the hard work in the kitchen and in the gym meal by meal, workout by workout and day by day.

That was very motivating to me, thanks Adam!  :-)

Maybe 2 years ago I thought the eating routine I’m on was crazy, but now it just seems normal.  The REASON I’m getting “so few calories” is because the stuff I’m eating has very few calories yet still fills me up….I don’t think I could POSSIBLY ingest enough of the healthy foods I eat to get me over 2,000 calories per day.

…for this reason it’s been remarkably easy to lose weight so quickly (Down to 151 lbs from 165 already).

However, like Adam said: CONSISTENCY is the big key here.  Eating well for 2 days then going nuts on day 3 won’t really do much. MyBodyTutor was definitely the thing that has kept me consistent.  The daily professional feedback on all my meals, letting me know which exercises to do and more importantly, the mental motivation to not eat crap (I didn’t realize how powerful the mental side of that actually is).

Anyways, I’d like to sincerely thank you Adam for your help on this experiment, it has definitely been a success already because of you!

Starting Off “The Getting A Six-Pack” Experiment

For the upcoming Six-Pack Experiment I have planned for the whole month of April I’ve got one goal: Get a six-pack in roughly one month.

I’m not fat, but I’m not lean enough for abs to show through.

(I think that’s what a six pack looks like)

There will be three main things I need to do during this experiment on a level I’ve never done before:

  • Go into a calorie deficiency for several weeks to lose weight
  • Do a bunch of ab exercises
  • Consistent cardio exercises

The HARDEST part of this is eating properly, thankfully I’ve been practicing doing that for the last month or two and have been successful at it….in fact preferring it.

I workout all the time and eat (relatively) correctly, but not to the extent I should…and I feel it’s because I’m not sure what to do.

So one thing I wanted for this experiment was PROFESSIONAL ADVICE. Originally I was going to get a personal trainer here in Austin, but that alienates everyone who wants to join me in this experiment (I know a couple of you out there have asked). “Oh, he had a personal trainer…no fair.”

Well I found a workaround. A fellow blogger Adam Gilbert.  That link is his personal blog, but what I’m interested in is the successful business he runs called MyBodyTutor.

Adam runs an online business that’s kind of like a “virtual personal trainer”…..but more than just dishing out some simple advice, he actually keeps you on track to hit your goals.  I signed up for his monthly service roughly a week ago, and told him “My goal is to get an awesome six-pack.”

With that said, he went ahead and gave me certain exercises to do and tips on eating yadda yadda…BUT THE BEST THING is the daily tracking you must do.  I didn’t realize this at first, but they have a whole back end to the website that members sign into daily….THIS is why I signed up…to be held accountable for everything I eat and how much I work out.

I signed up for the service about one week ago, and have eaten the best in my life these past 7 days thanks to Adam.  I’ll explain more about the process later in the experiment.

So in addition to being accountable by posting this experiment on my blog, I’ll be getting professional help, advice and accountability from Adam (thanks man)!

Currently, this is what we’re working with:


So obviously I’m not a big lard here, but if you look closer…you can see the problem:

We’ve got to get rid of that bit of chub.

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Amidst all the semi-lame April Fool’s Jokes other bloggers will be playing on their readers today, I will be starting something that’s less funny, but more useful (To me…but hopefully others too).

This is called the Getting a Six-Pack Experiment, so I want to make it pseudo scientific….and by pseudo I mean “scientific in a sense that even a dumb guy like me can understand”.

The Scientific Method:

  • Define the question - Can I get a six pack in one month?
  • Gather information and resources (observe) - I will be basing this experiment on past experiences with losing weight, what I learned recently about calories and professional advice from MBT.
  • Form hypothesis - I believe by April 31st I will be able to see my abdominal muscles MUCH better, creating a “six-pack” on my stomach WITHOUT starving myself at all.
  • Perform experiment and collect data – Starting today I’ll be documenting everything I eat and do for exercise.
  • Analyze data - Hold on fool…I haven’t started yet!
  • Interpret data and draw conclusions that serve as a starting point for new hypothesis – Hold on…let me start first!
  • Publish results – Wait till after April.

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On that note, I definitely think others out there should TRY THIS EXPERIMENT WITH ME! …and maybe not just trying to get a six pack, but maybe to start eating “just a little” better, or get just a “little” slimmer, or workout more…

It would make it more interesting and motivating to have others follow along to some extent.

LET THE SIX-PACK EXPERIMENT BEGIN!!