We sat down with Stuart who placed fourth in the Men’s Transformation category of our Sleekgeek 8-Week Challenge. We wanted to find out the secret to his success and he was happy to share it with us.
Please give us a short history of your journey to health and fitness before the challenge.
I was generally healthy, but I had been suffering with ever increasing weight gain in my 30’s and 40’s from being too sedentary and eating junk food.
What prompted you to join the Sleekgeek Transformation Challenge?
I wanted to change my body and lose some weight to feel better, look better and be able to enjoy my sports and hobbies.
Give us a quick overview of the nutrition and eating plan that you followed during the challenge.
I established what my daily calorie requirement was and kept myself in a constant deficit of about 400 to 500 whilst watching my macros and getting at least 200 grams of protein per day. I learnt early to do meal prep on a Sunday for my lunches in the week and then every single morning I had the same breakfast shake consisting of Whey, Banana, Peanut Butter, Low Fat Milk and Oats. Routine worked for me here.
Give us a quick overview of the training and exercise plan that you followed during the challenge.
I did weight training 6 days per week and tried to at least once a week do a small hike or walk of about 10 km. I didn’t do as much cardio as I wanted to, I will try to address this going forward.
If you could give 3 pieces of advice to future challengers, what would they be?
Establish your calorie requirement, install a calorie tracker on your phone and keep yourself in a sensible daily deficit.
Do exercise you enjoy.
Don’t worry too much about the scale – I was continually stressing about weight loss when I was actually going through a recomposition.
Why should people enter the challenge?
Number One – You will come out of it in better shape and at the minimum will learn something about yourself. The challenge is a great motivational tool due to the competitive side of it and this really helps with motivation.