At the end of December, I started a Personal Trainer Food program called RECON. They provided me with a four-week supply of food, and I followed their program diligently. On simple terms, it’s a very low-carb program (no grains, no sugar, almost no fruit), and I was eager to switch up my eating. So for the past month, I’ve been enjoying their food (which is basically all proteins and veggies), and having meals like this:
The month flew by! It seems like it’s only been a few days since I posted my Personal Trainer Food 2-week update.
I shared a bunch of food photos on social media (mostly Instagram and Twitter) during the past four weeks… and here’s some more. The proteins and veggies are packaged individually, so you can mix and match, and everything can get nuked in 2 minutes or less. So, for a typical lunch, I’d pull a veggie and a protein out of my freezer…
…and about 3 minutes later, I was eating my meal.
The breakfasts were all eggs with some sort of breakfast meat, and they were probably my favorite, but I’m a sucker for breakfast food.
Because I could supplement their food with as many non-starchy vegetables as I could, I often beefed up my breakfast with tomatoes, broccoli, or some salsa on my eggs.
They also have some tasty sausages for lunches and dinners, like Apple and Gouda Sausage, and Cranberry and Cognac Sausage.
I got creative with my plating!
Ultimately, this is a weight loss program, so how did I do?
DOWN FIVE POUNDS!
I’ve very excited about that. It’s the largest one-month drop I’ve seen in about two and a half years. There’s a part of me that was hoping for more (because, for example, the testimonials on their website all boast bigger drops), but my sister made a good point: I was eating pretty well before I started this program. I ate carbs, for sure, and this program made me make changes, but it’s not like I was switching from a diet of all Cheetos, donuts, and fries.
Five pounds? HECK YEA! Plus, I’ve noticed a couple other significant changes. I’m sleeping better, which, for me, means falling asleep faster and waking up better rested, and I have better energy through the day – less desire to take that late-afternoon, post-work nap.
Here’s what I really loved about Personal Trainer Food:
- Convenience. It’s hard to transition away from carbs, but their food is really easy to prepare. You don’t have to think about it, and that’s a big help.
- Variety. I wasn’t eating the same thing every day, and because I could supplement their food with lots of other things, I never got bored.
- Support. They’re there to help. I had weekly check-in phone calls with Mike, one of their on-staff experts, who answered my questions and offered tips and advice.
What I like most is that it’s designed to jump-start a new way of eating, not make you dependent on their company. You can use Personal Trainer Food for as long as you need, or as long as you want (like I mentioned, the convenience and support aspects are great), but if you get in the rhythm of eating a high-veggie, high-protein, low-carb diet, you can continue on their own.
To that end, I’m going to keep going. This five-pound loss is a great way to start 2016, and the sleep and energy benefits are huge. I’ve found that I haven’t craved much bread or pasta or other grains, or even sweets (with a couple notable exceptions – I would’ve chopped off my foot a week ago to get my hands on a bag of M&Ms, but I stayed away).
I’m going to stick to the basic tenants of the program, but possibly grant myself a wee bit more leeway with fruit, which I really miss. I don’t know. We’ll see. I feel like I’m on a roll, so I don’t want to change too much. Plus, I like the food I’m eating (veggies, eggs, meat, nuts), and if it’s not broke… you know the rest.
Ok, I’m off – it’s the start of a new month, and I have a weight loss chart to update!
Keep it up, David!