Many of our clients have been asking me about my weight loss so we thought it best to write this post so everyone can learn more about the program I followed. If you have any follow-up questions though, do not hesitate to ask. We also have a nutritionist working with us now, so you can ask more detailed questions about the type of program that’s right for you!

Before: January 6, 2019

After: April 6, 2019


The Results in Detail

In the table below, you can see that I lost a total of 29 pounds over a 3-month time period. What’s also important though, is that I still managed to maintain muscle mass while cutting my calorie intake.

MeasurementJanuary 6 2019April 7 2019Total Lost
Body Weight224.4 Pounds195.2 Pounds29.2 Pounds
Shoulders51.50”50.75”0.75”
Chest 45.00”42.25”2.75”
Waist38.00”31.75”6.25”
Hips43.00”39.5”3.5”
Thigh26.00”24.25”1.75”

Looking at these numbers tells me that I achieved my goal of maintaining muscle as the largest inch losses were waist and hips, two of the most common fat storage regions. While I did lose some width on the chest measure, I suspect that it was mostly fat from the back, another common fat storage area. As seen too, the shoulder measure decreased very little as it is not a common fat storage area, again suggesting that I maintained a fair amount of lean body mass while still losing fat.

It’s important to note that, if you neglect to keep your protein intake high while decreasing your overall calorie intake, this can lead to a loss of muscle, a decrease in strength, and a decrease in metabolic rate.  So let’s see exactly how I achieved my results!

The 5:2 Diet

The 5:2 diet is a form of intermittent fasting. In simple terms, you eat normally for 5 days of the week and on 2 non-consecutive days, you “fast”. The reason I put fast in quotation marks is because it is not a true fast, you actually eat 2 small meals 12 hours apart. For me, the two meals were 400 calories each, the original diet suggests 400 for males and 300 each for females.

My Typical Fasted Day

BREAKFAST (6:00 am): 400 Calories

SUPPER (6:00 pm): 400 Calories

So what’s in these 2 small meals? It’s totally up to you! However, you should fill them with nutritious, satiating (filling) foods that are high in protein. For me, breakfast was often the following:

  • 2 protein muffins (My own recipe): 120 calories each 
  • 250 grams of Icelandic yogurt:  160 Calories
  • 75 grams of mixed berries: 30 Calories

For supper, I often ate just meat and veggies, something like this: 

  • 200 grams of lean ground beef (cooked measurement): 350 Calories
  • 1 cup of mixed frozen peppers and onions: 50 Calories
  • Garlic powder, salt, chilli powder, and balsamic vinegar, to taste

Again, these meals were high in protein to help keep me full and avoid a loss of muscle mass. Of course, you do not need to follow my meal plan, just try to make sure that the foods you are eating a both nutritious and filling. Avoid excess refined carbs on these days as they provide very little nutrition and do not keep you full. 

My Typical Normal Day

On the other five days, you can just eat normally. This is not a license to overindulge all day on junk foods, I still ate well on my “normal” days. I would suggest that you eat at a “maintenance level” calorie intake, that is, the amount your body requires to neither increase nor decrease in weight. 

To get a rough estimate of your maintenance level of calories, multiply your body weight by 14 and set your daily totals at this amount. For example:

195 Pounds x 14 Calories/Pound = 2730 calories/Day

You can eat whatever you would like on these days, but ensure you eat lots of protein, healthy fats (e.g., omega-3 fatty acids), and more moderate amounts of high-fibre (unprocessed) carbs. And yes, for those who will ask, booze counts against your daily total. 

Calorie contents of alcoholic beverages, for your reference:

  • 1 Regular Beer = 150 Calories
  • 1 Light Beer = 100 Calories
  • 1 Glass of Wine (5oz) = 125 Calories
  • 1 Mixed Drink (1oz) = 70 Calories, mixed with water or diet soda, up to 230 Calories mixed with regular soda

Weight Loss Plateaus

If you find you are still not losing weight, adjust this number downward but do not go below bodyweight x 10. Also note, as you lose weight, you may have to adjust this number to reflect your new maintenance. I readjusted my normal day calorie intake 4 times during the diet.

Let’s have a closer look at my typical normal day:

BREAKFAST (6:00 am)

  • Oatmeal (1/2 cup)
  • Protein Powder (1 scoop)
  • Mixed Berries (1 cup)
  • Whole eggs (2-3)

LUNCH (12:00)

  • Rice/pasta (1 ½ cups measured cooked)
  • Chicken/beef/pork/fish (250 gram Serving)
  • Veggies (1-2 cups, can be frozen veggies)

SUPPER (5:00)

  • Rice/pasta (1 ½ cups measured cooked)
  • Chicken/beef/pork/fish (250 gram Serving)
  • Veggies (1-2 cups, can be frozen veggies)

BEFORE BED SNACK (9:00)

  • Cottage cheese (1 full tub)
  • Blueberries (1 cup)
  • Natural peanut butter (2 tablespoons)

The key here again is high protein to stay full and moderate amounts of carbs and fats. When you look at the lunch and supper I have just written meat and vegetables with rice or pasta. This was not just plain meat and pasta. This was often a stir fry or spaghetti or some other tasty recipe. I have no interest in eating just plain chicken and plain rice. Just be cautious that the “taste” you add limits added sugar and fats. 

That pretty much wraps up what I did!

Thomas’ Favourite Fat Loss Tips and Tricks

In closing, here are some of my top tips and tricks:

1) Always know when and what your next meal will be! This is my number one tip. The main reason people snack on foods or make poor choices for meals is they do not have a plan. There is never a time when I don’t know what my next meal is. I make my weeks’ worth of lunches on the weekend, prepare my breakfast the evening before and plan out suppers for the week and buy groceries accordingly. 

2) Follow the 90/10 rule. Essentially, 90% of your calories must come from nutritious sources while 10% can come from not so nutritious sources. I like to refer to this as bending without breaking. How often do you go out somewhere, have two drinks and maybe some chips and just assume the day is a total loss and have more drinks and more chips? Maybe those two drinks and handful of chips fit perfectly fine within the 90/10 rule. Don’t assume the whole day is a loss because of one cheat and sabotage yourself as a result.

3) Limit the availability of snacks when consuming alcohol. Alcohol lowers our inhibitions so that bag of chips you may not have touched earlier is far more likely to be eaten after a couple of drinks.

4) If you are going out somewhere and are worried about snacking, try to eat beforehand. This can even be just a protein shake, just something to keep you full. If you do want to snack, choose snacks with some nutritional value, for example: the shrimp platter is far more nutritious than the cookie plate. Many considerate hosts will also have some form of veggie/fruit platter to choose from.

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I saw an article in Men’s Journal that quoted Jon in about 2018 while traveling and was impressed that someone in St. John’s made that international magazine.  Jon spoke about an exercise called the Farmer’s Walk and I started working that into my routine at the YMCA. I tore that article out of the magazine and kept it, meaning to make contact, but got busy. Then I had lunch with an old friend Bruce Dyke. I hadn’t seen Bruce for a while and I remarked that he looked super healthy and fit. He told me about his, and his son Cas’, experience at JKC and then I remembered the Men’s Journal article! No coincidences!

The experience is unique on many levels – great people, camaraderie, passion, purpose, and dedication. Jon and Thomas are attentive, precise and understanding.  Their teaching has unlocked a new perspective for me with what our bodies are capable of. I still appreciate the YMCA, wonderful place, but I can’t imagine working out without Jon and Thomas now.

I had signed up for other gyms in the past and never went or rarely went. Something always got in the way or I was just too tired and lacked motivation to go. This way I’ve made a commitment to Jon or Thomas and I try very hard to keep my sessions once I’ve booked in. JKC is different from other gyms that I’ve tried in the past because no one is there to be “seen”. We are all there to get a good workout in and go on with our lives. And it’s a small gym so you get to know everyone and it’s like a big family. When I joined JKC, I couldn’t do a chin up with an elastic band, but I’ve slowly worked up to 10 free hanging chin ups. That was big because I hate chin ups.

I originally chose JKC to help me rehab following back surgery. JKC was the first gym where a trainer took the time to help me identify my goals and tailor my workouts to achieve them in a safe and doable manner. 🏋🏼 Jon & Thomas are both highly professional and knowledgeable. 👨🏼‍🎓 With their guidance and informative explanations 🗣 they have enabled me to reach my ever evolving goals. At JKC I’m guaranteed fun 😆, interesting 🙃 and diverse workouts, with Jon & Thomas forever supportive and encouraging. 👏🙌👍👊

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I had tried JKC based on the recommendation of a parent of one of my students. I originally started by attending Saturday drop in classes. I was hooked. I decided to join full time when I I had taken a year off from teaching and it was the best thing I have done for myself.

First and foremost the trainers at JKC are extremely knowledgeable. I feel like they are as dedicated to my success as I am. The workouts are tailored to me, my skills and my goals. This is important. Jon and Thomas truly want the best for their clients no matter what level of fitness they are starting from. I also like being able to book a session at a time that suits my schedule. This also helps keep me accountable. Once the session is booked I am not likely to cancel!

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I started training at JKC in 2016 because I had built up a number of muscle imbalances from old injuries and activities like rock climbing which had led to some really bad posture and mobility issues. On top of that some friends had convinced me to sign up for a half-ironman. Working with Jon and Thomas was a way to pull my body back into alignment and make sure it wouldn’t fall apart during my race. The staff at JKC pride themselves on continuously advancing their knowledge, which leads to new and inventive way to address problems, old and new. I got my Dad to start training here and recommended JKC to all looking to improve their strength and fitness.

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