Cutting Weight and Chia Seed Pudding Recipe
When an individual chooses to lose weight, they can often develop unhealthy habits that lead to weight loss. These habits can include a restricted diet and high volumes of exercise. Sometimes, these practices can lead to disordered eating and an unhealthy relationship with diet and exercise, which can lead to body dysmorphia. Weight loss has always been a sensitive subject for myself and many people in my life. Although I did not begin my fitness journey with the greatest understanding of how to eat correctly to do so, I am proud of the progress I have made over many years and want to share my understanding of weight loss through the world of bodybuilding.
In the world of bodybuilding this idea of weight loss can be different from the average person wishing to lose a few pounds. The term “cutting” refers to the intentional loss of body fat in order to present a desired physique. This is different from normal weight loss as it usually follows a “bulking cycle” where an individual intentionally gains weight to help develop muscle. Bulking cycles are usually shorter than cutting cycles, lasting anywhere from 2 week to 6 weeks. It is impossible to achieve a desired physique without bulking if one wishes to gain muscle anywhere on their body.
Cutting and bulking are very calculated as they involve an in depth understanding of one’s own basal metabolic rate and sticking to a consistent diet that reaches a specific caloric intake each day. Cutting is unique in that a slight decrease in caloric intake can yield drastic results over a long period of time. The most common methods for cutting involve a strongly regulated diet as well as an consistent exercise regimen which often features lifting heavy weights followed by cardio.
Just because someone is in a cutting cycle does not mean they cannot eat. The secret to cutting weight is to never allow yourself to get hungry. Eating high quality, fiber rich foods is key to staying full throughout the day. Chia seed pudding is one of my favorite snacks to make while in a cutting phase. It is easy to prepare and lasts in the fridge for up to about 5 days.
Chia seed pudding
15 grams of chia seeds
1/3 cup of almond milk
1/2 tablespoon of cocoa powder or peanut butter for flavorh
1/2 cup of mixed berries
1–2 teaspoons sweetener, like maple syrup or honey
- Combine chia seeds in almond milk of your choice in a small bowl or jar.
- Cover and refrigerate it for at least 30 minutes.
- Stir in cocoa powder or peanut butter and sweetener, and top it with the berries.