Mond and I agreed that his food program would be divided into 2 phases: the weight loss phase and the bulking up/sculpting phase. I was going to help him lose weight and belly fat quickly, then I would turn him over to Arnold for his sculpting phase.
Before we started, Mond had several weeks of losing weight on his own. He ate your garden variety “healthy food” that was bland and low in fat and sugar. While he may have lost a lot of weight doing it on his own, his friends also told him that he looked like he “lacked sleep.” He was starting to look haggard and develop dark rings around his eyes. Mond was obviously worried because as a celebrity, he really could not afford to look bad. I assured him that I am known for making my celebrities “glow” while keeping their superhuman strengths. I promised Mond that he would lose weight and belly fat quickly without getting ugly or “dried up,” but more importantly, without losing the stamina, strength and power he needed for Arnold’s killer workouts.
To further assuage his doubts, I reminded Mond that I was 50 years old and at my age, I still had glowing golden skin that was buttery to the touch. I added that I also had the strength of kids half my age and the body of a woman in her 20’s. I believe that did the trick! For the next 6 weeks, we prepared all his meals in our kitchen.
Mond’s plan was a mix of principles from my 1st and 2nd Century Superbod diets. I used recipes that helped control cortisol and inflammation through detoxification as well as fight fat through the right types of fat: Omega 3’s and Mono Unsaturated Fatty Acids or MUFA’s. Then, I turbo-charged Mond’s meals with a lot of plant-based superfoods to give him that extra badass strength and boost the overall nutrient density of his diet.
Cortisol, a stress hormone, can increase blood glucose levels, which in turn encourages fat storage and muscle tissue loss. Reduced muscle tissue means reduced metabolism, which again makes the body inefficient at burning calories and efficient at storing fat. Here’s the killer: cortisol also tells your body to store fat around your organs, in your midsection, like a “salbabida!”
Inflammation is our immune system’s response to stress. During chronic inflammation, hormones that should function to protect health are thrown into disarray. As their levels increase, they begin to encourage weight gain and promote more inflammation. As inflammation increases, the adrenal glands produce more cortisol, which further commands your body to store more fat.
A common cause of inflammation is a stressed digestive tract. Good digestion makes your body efficient at storing food as energy instead of fat. Allergies and food sensitivities inflame the digestive system. Food sensitivities to common allergens like gluten, dairy, wheat, and artificial food additives and sweeteners contribute to weight gain, water retention, and fat storage. Weight loss becomes an uphill battle. Detoxification assists our body’s ability to handle its own hormones. Rebalancing our chemistry allows the brain to switch from a fat-storing mode, to a fat-losing mode. The removal of an offending food will often result in a rapid water loss of five to ten pounds within a week’s time. Following the initial water loss, a person tends to lose fat more easily as well as eliminate inflammation that also leads to weight gain.
The right fats, in the right amount melt away fat. Omega 3 fatty acids are an exceptionally healthy type of unsaturated fat that reduces inflammation, slows the rate of digestion and improves insulin resistance. Omega 3s also help cut down stress hormones, and therefore, reduce belly fat. Tuna, bangus, and salmon are fat-rich fish, which are excellent sources of Omega 3s. Mond consumed at least one Omega 3-rich meal on most days of the week.
MUFA stands for Mono-Unsaturated Fatty Acid. MUFAs are plant-based fats which protect your heart, ward off type 2 diabetes, reduce inflammation, and target belly fat. MUFA rich oils include olive, sunflower, sesame, and flaxseed oil. Nuts and seeds like sunflower, walnuts, almonds, or peanuts contain MUFAs that protect against inflammation. Nuts and seeds are also fiber-rich to help manage blood sugar levels and the accumulation of fat around the belly. One cup of avocado contains as much as 15g of MUFA and as much as 10g of dietary fiber, which makes it an excellent food choice for busting your belly fat. Dark Chocolate that is at least 70% cacao is rich in MUFA and plant based phytochemicals, which help control blood sugar and prevent storage of fat.
Here is a typical week of Mond’s diet, which incorporates all the principles above:
Cleanse Day (Sexy Beast) – Mond gets a cleansing “kit” of fresh juices and soups rich in superfoods, plant enzymes and phytonutrients. The phytonutrients and antioxidants in the vegetable cleansing soups and detox juices stimulate flushing that reduces oedema, cellular inflammation, and bloating. My detox juice formulations focus on the anti-inflammatory, carminative (anti-gas) and choleretic-cholagogue (stimulates bile and cleanses liver/gallbladder) effects of aromatic herbs and spices. Antioxidant-dense fruits serve only as base “carriers” for the herbs, spices, and vegetables. This makes the juices low in sugar, 0.6-9.8g/bottle compared to the 25-30g/bottle of other detox juices, which have fresh fruits as their main ingredient. Ninety percent of the detox juices are organic herbs, spices, and vegetables such as lemongrass, pandan, ginger, cilantro, basil, parsley, tarragon, spinach, wheatgrass, lemon, cinnamon, turmeric, cayenne, and stevia. Only ten percent are antioxidant-rich fruits such as banana, pineapple, and papaya. I add plant-based superfood protein powders and MACA to give him the strength and stamina for his workouts.
Mond gets a combination of my detox juices with Omega 3 and MUFA rich meals and snacks. Here is how a typical day looks like on this plan:
Is FREE DAY. I explain to Mond that this is not “cheat day,” which I do not believe in. Instead, I ask him to eat mindfully on his own even without our meal service. I usually give Sunday as a free day because I know that this is also “family day” for most of us. I want people to enjoy Sunday brunch/dinner with family and “dine wherever and whenever” but NOT in an “eat everything and anything manner.” Mindful and moderate eating should always be practiced at all times.