Written on August 16, 2012 at 10:58 am , by Karla Walsh
Derek Flanzraich is surrounded by the latest in wellness news on a daily basis. Early last year he founded the health website Greatist.com. Still, like many of us, Flanzraich struggles to fit healthy habits in to his own life, so those infomercial claims that promise 6-pack abs in just six weeks sounded awful tempting! But Flanzraich thought he might be able to achieve a ripped midsection on his own with enough dedication, and worse case scenario, “I could be a guinea pig for our readers,” Flanzraich says.
He kept a weekly diary on the site, which surprisingly focused almost as much on his emotional and mental struggles as the physical ones. As you can see above, he reached his goal. What did he learn along the way? Read on for, appropriately, his top six lessons from the “absperiment.”
1. Check your calorie needs. Essentially, he just ate less and moved more, working out about six times a week and being super-strict with his food intake, eating only lean protein and vegetables. The no-cheating-allowed diet was tough, but taught Flanzraich an important lesson. “Before the experiment, I was eating way more than my body needed,” he says. “Now that it’s over, I’m trying to find that happy balance somewhere between my ‘before’ intake and my ‘during’ intake.” [Editor's note: Find your target Calorie Needs Calculator.]