Gaining Weight – Jason Gordon
Gaining weight is harder than most people think! Jason Gordon has made an amazing transformation in the last 4 years and just like many women out there, he has a very real fear of gaining weight again. Contrary to popular belief, women aren’t the only ones who struggle with the number on the scale. Even when you want to make strength gains, eating more food and seeing that number on the scale increase is a real mental challenge.
We’ve been steadily helping Jason stay the course with reverse dieting and have helped him increase his food by 1,000 calories since April, all whilst making improvements with his performance and keeping body fat off. Gaining weight is a slow process if done right because we want that weight to be muscle mass and not body fat. Find out how Jason’s doing now he’s consuming close to 3,500 calories.
When did you start Flexible Eating & how did you get started?
I started Flexible Eating on April 6, 2018 by signing up for the Monthly Essential Lifestyle plan. I needed accountability and a lot of support and was impressed to get that from day 1 in my communications with Jason and Roz.
What prompted you to get started?
I had been doing The Zone for about 16 weeks after I had a stomach problem (still not sure what it was) and wanted to improve my Diet but after this time I wanted to dial my nutrition down even more to improve my results both on the gym and for a better quality of life. I has been watching all the CrossFit Podcasts when I watched Jason’s and was instantly intrigued and started searching Own Your Eating while still watching the Podcast, By the time I watched the second part of his interview I was already in contact with Jason and had signed up within a couple days.
How much weight have you lost?
In the first photo I was about 88.5kg (195 pounds) in the second photo I am 70kg (154 Pounds). I have lost a lot of it over the course of the last 4-5 years through loose dieting and different types of training. I have been doing CF for the past 4 years.
Now I’m trying to gain weight and even though I’m eating 1,000 calories more than when I started, my weight has stayed around the same. I am definitely seeing the differences in my body from month to month though.
What other changes have you noticed in your body or in general?
Waist measurement has gone from 37 inches to 29-30inches I have had to buy so many different clothes I have lost track. My PR’s continue to go up as my weight goes down, heath and quality of life has changed so much for the better that my wife is totally on board as well. We have the attitude that we are doing this for the future, so we can enjoy life with our daughter and loved ones for as long as possible. I never use to take my shirt off in the gym as I had such a spare tire….. now it’s usually off during the warm up – I do live in the Middle East so it gets pretty hot!!
What has been your biggest obstacle that you have overcome or are working on?
One of the biggest obstacles has been worrying about what the scale says. Gaining weight again after working so hard to lose it is very mentally challenging. Yes the scale is a measure but is by no means the only measure. There are so many more factors to consider, how you look, how you feel, performance in and out of the gym and overall energy.
What’s the one thing you previously would have deprived yourself of on a diet that you now get to enjoy guilt-free?
Although I do try to eat as minimally processed foods as possible, I love that I have the flexibility to be able to go out to dinner and enjoy whatever I want as long as I hit my macros. I have found when dieting if you deprive yourself of things then you just end up breaking and you will eat wayyyyyyy more than you should. Flexible eating teaches you that you can have those things in the right amounts.
What’s one piece of advice you would give someone that is just getting started?
Getting started is a huge step. The one thing that I would recommend is that you plan ahead…. Every day don’t free wheel. If you plan ahead there is very little room for error. I’m always planned out at least one day in advance. Planning a whole day will only take you a couple of minutes. If you try to wing it, you will spend way more time trying to figure out how to fit things into your day and trying to balance out and hit your numbers at the end of the day. Failure to prepare is preparing to fail! (I don’t know who said that but I like it).
Have you lost a lot of weight from dieting or are you trying to build muscle and make some strength gains? Gaining weight can be a scary prospect, but we can help you ring that PR bell again with reverse dieting! Having the accountability and experience of one of our coaches is instrumental in ensuring you build muscle and don’t gain body fat. Let us help you reach your goals, gaining weight in all the right ways and all whilst enjoying more food!
The Own Your Eating Lifestyle Membership will transform you into the strongest, fittest and healthiest version of you, you’ve ever been.