I weighed about 78kg in June, I'm about 67-68kg now... but that's not the point. I run not to lose weight. I run to burn fats.
Overall, the fat loss has been going pretty well but the lower abdominal fats & the "love-handles" are not showing much response to the regime. Kinda expected this since these 2 areas are the most exercise-resistant areas.
I'm also beginning to suspect my body has adapted to the jogging and the reduced food intake... I think the body is going into "starvation mode".
When the body enters into "starvation mode", fat loss comes to a screeching halt as the body tries to conserve its energy. The body's metabolism slows down. Once you go into starvation mode, no amount of increased training will help.
To get out of "starvation mode", I'm gonna increase the food intake by increasing meals (ideally 6 meals a day) but in smaller portions per meal. This should shake up the metabolism. In addition, I'm upping the ante by running all weekdays.
This means the previous schedule of running on alternate weekdays (1,3,5) is out. I've decided to run from Monday to Friday, leaving the weekends free for some R&R (Rest & Rewards). I just completed my 1st week. Yay!
To keep things fresh, I've been running this new route (see below). Basically it's an extension of the old Siglap canal route, connecting it to Upp Changi Rd, Frankel Ave & East Coast Rd. The whole route is about 2.5km. I do 2 laps per session ie. 5km. Sometimes if I'm damn ON, I do 3 laps ie. 7.5km.
1) My Chemical Romance - Welcome to the Black Parade (a GreenDay-like rock anthem-ish song)
2) Citizen Dog theme song (dunno what's the song name but it's from Citizen Dog, a surrealistic thai comedy i watched recently)
3) J & Howl - Perhaps Love (extremely catchy theme song from teeny-bopper korean drama, Princess Hours)
4) Matisyahu - Youth (jewish reggae rapper)