My Husband and I decided to have a “He vs She Weight-loss Competition”, We have both given ourselves 80 weeks (yes that’s right weeks) to reach our target weights and body composition (it’s not all about the number on the scales.) My target is a loss of 27kg and a toned and fit look, his target is a loss of 40Kgs with no muscle loss. P.S. we both have a body fat percentage of at least 30%. I want to get mine down to below 21%. I’m hoping he will get his down to below 15%
We have decided on two different methods
For this “He vs She Weight-loss Competition”, he’s going to go with a VLCD. Once he’s dropped the weight, he’s going to work on maintaining and firing up his metabolism again. I’m going to go with the zig-zag calorie method and combine it with strength, cardio, and core work.
I chose the zig-zag method because I feel like it won’t be as much of a shock to the system, it will also be easier to maintain, and easier to start, however I think it might be a bit more taxing mentally, my results won’t be as fast as his, but they will be easier to maintain from the get go.
So What about the Workouts?
During the “He vs She Weight-loss Competition”, I’ll be using a fusion method of strength and cardio, tabata style. There will be one 30 second block of strength (with light dumbbells) then straight into a 30 second block of high energy cardio (skipping, running on the spot, mountain climbers etc.). There will be three sets of the alternating strength and cardio block, and then a new circuit. This will go for about 6 circuits. It’s only about 30-45 minutes to do the workout, including warm up and cool down, and can be done at home as long as you have the space and the dumbbells. It’ll be a new section of the body every day, with some core mixed in. I’m starting at 2.5kg dumbbells for most exercises, then increase them up every 5 weeks (as a rule of thumb).
He’ll be using a workout his fitness coach at work has given him, he also has a fitbit to track his steps and his coach will be helping him alter his workouts when he needs to. We have made an agreement with each other that we will do a check-in with each others results once every 5 weeks.
How will we Measure Progress?
I will be taking measurements every week, I’ll even take my resting temperature as a measurement, cause the hotter you run at rest (within normal ranges), the higher your metabolism, that will give me an accurate reading that my metabolism is firing up (even if the scales and measurements don’t say so). Once every 5 weeks we will be taking a progress photo.
How will I Keep on Target?
during the “He vs She Weight-loss Competition” I will be using MyFitnessPal to count my calories, track my workouts, and help me with my macros. If you happen to be on it, my handle is MsDacibov, so join me if you want to support me. I’ll be aiming for at least 0.5Kg of fat loss a week. I’m starting with an overall deficit of 500 calories/day, that’s a total of 5500 calorie deficit by the end of my zig-zag cycle. The zig-zag cycle I have chosen (after doing a lot of reading and research) will be 3 High, 3 Low, 2 High, 3 Low. I’ll be hoeing into the green tea, as this helps increase the metabolism and is a diuretic, so it will help with eliminating any water my body has retained.
What about the Macros
I have chosen 25% Protein 30% Fat and 45% Carbohydrates, mainly because I have been on low carb for so long that I would like to slowly bring it back up. That’s about 122g Protein, 65g Fat, and 219g Carbohydrates. As my calories will be zig-zagging, it won’t always be those numbers, they’ll be on average. I’ve chosen not to restrict anything, cause if I do, I’m more likely to fail. As long as it fits within my macros and calories for the day, I can eat it.
What if you Win
If either of us win the He vs. She Weight loss Competition, the winner gets to choose a place for a family holiday up to the value of $4k (we’re each putting away $50 each from our paypacket into the kitty for 80 weeks). But the whole point of the competition is for us both to get healthy, so if both of us win, we get to go on a couples holiday to the value of $4k. If neither of us reach our goal, the $4k goes straight into the new house.
What are the T’s and C’s?
We have 80 weeks to reach our target and if we reach it early, we still have to maintain it until the end of the comp. We have 5Kg leeway either way, We need to check-in on each others progress once every 5 weeks.
If one of us hits our target (and maintains it) by the end of the competition, but the other doesn’t, the winner gets to choose where we go on a family holiday to the value of $4k. Both of us hit our targets (and maintain it) by the end of the comp, we go on a couple holiday to the value of $4k. If neither of us hit our goal by the end of the comp we forfeit the $4k and it goes on the new house.
We can choose any method to hit our target that we deem fit, and we can chop and change. We can measure progress in any method we deem fit, but at check-in we have to take a progress photo. The He vs. She Weight loss Competition will begin once we both sign our competition statement .He gets home this Tuesday 9th September 2019, so it’ll be signed Tuesday or Wednesday this week. Do you and your partner need to get healthier? How about you try a He vs. She Weight loss competition.