I took my measurements again - lost a cm round the neck; gained 3cm round the shoulders; 1 cm round the chest; another round the waist; and another round the hips. Lets look at the full progression since I started:

                                           Begin week 1      End week 2      End week 3
Neck:........................38cm................38.................37
Shoulders:................107cm..............113................116
Chest:.......................99cm.................99.................100
Waist:.......................94cm.................88.................87
Hips:.........................95cm.................94.................95
Thigh:.......................51cm..................53.................53

I also weghed myself again. I started around 165lbs, and now I'm down to 158lbs.

When I look at these statistics logically I can deduce the following:
1) I've lost weight, and 7cm from my paunch.
2) Despite the "too few" calories I've been eating I've still gained some muscle-mass, even though it's not really visible to the eye.
3)This means that the weight that I've lost is bodyfat.
4)And if I've lost bodyfat but gained some mass.... I must be going in the right direction.

This is what I set out to do, and what Shapeshifter claims to bring about.
Surely then, in another 3 weeks of doing the same workouts but increasing the exertion level and increasing my calorie intake (while still following the low-carb plan and the fasting), I should expect, at the least, more of the same progressive results, and, at most, "better" results.

But will 3 weeks be enough to make a significant difference - or for me to reach my "ideal"? I can't answer that - I just have to adhere to the program and see what happens. That is the purpose of this project... to see what happens.

The trouble is that I'm getting impatient - we all want fast results, right! But I've only been busy for 3 weeks, so how fast can I reasonably expect this to work? I've been researching "muscle-growth" on the internet, and the consensus is that, with a good training program, 1-2 pound of muscle-gain per week can be achieved.
This gives me the possibility of building up to 6 lbs of muscle-mass over the next 3 weeks - bringing me back up to my starting weight... but then with muscle not fat. I think I should be happy with that.

But I don't want to discuss what may or may not happen anymore for the moment. Because there's the danger that my impatience may turn to doubt, and loss of trust in the program... that I forget the purpose of this project. That would only work against me.

So, I'll be keeping a closer eye on my measurements over the next 3 weeks, I'll pursue muscle-gain through training more vigourously and eating more, and I'll just have to trust that the Shapeshifter diet will take care of the body-fat loss and flatten this belly of mine even more.

It already feels like I've been on the program for ever... Ah well - ready for the second half!

 


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