In early 2011 I enrolled in Bachelors of Human Nutrition, knowing that I had the arsenal of knowledge from my studies, lecturers and co-students I started eating the conventional way in the hopes of getting bigger, stronger and leaner.
By “conventional way” I mean counting calories, eating whole meal bread instead of white bread, eating as little saturated fat and getting my daily serves of whole grains. I was following the common “food pyramid” or now known as the “healthy eating plate” which is still used by dieticians as a guideline.
Marshall Deadlifting 195 kilos
Through out the year I kept on the diet, decreasing the calories intake from week to week, this lead to an increase of gradual weight gain and body fat. I ended up at a unhealthy body composition of 21.8% body fat. Additionally my blood test results showed an increase in risk of diabetes & cardiovascular disease. I was fed up as I wasn’t sure what I had to do…until one day I met Mark Ottobre.
As a university student studying Human Nutrition, Mark’s knowledge and lifestyle plan is definitely controversial and different from what the conventional diet recommends. Skeptical yet desperate I listened 100% to his advice.
In early 2012 Mark got me from being unhealthy and a body fat of 21.8% to a healthy 13% body fat in a mere 3 months, then 9.8%for my first bodybuilding competition.
Proud as I was, after my competition I kept on the lifestyle Mark has taught me.
Why you may ask?
Because I finally found an actual arsenal of knowledge that worked!
And from a personal stand point, I will not put so much trust in unreliable information (conventional ideas) I know what it would lead to.