Hi! This is Jessica Danger, your Managing Editor. Over the next nine weeks I will be using the RP Diet App to cut weight. I’ve set my goal for nine pounds, that’s dropping one pound a week, and brings us to the end of summer. (I know. Not fair.)
Each week, I’ll update this page on how my nine weeks is going with progress reports, weigh-ins, exercise notes and other observations throughout the week. If you’ve got a question you’d like to ask during my journey just shoot me a note and I’ll answer one each week.
Full disclosure: I am already familiar with RP as a diet. I used their templates a few years ago and had great success with them. So when I heard that they had an app out, I was excited to see what the app was all about.
The RP Diet app lets you choose your goals; you can cut weight, mass weight or maintain weight. After you choose your goal and set a number, the app asks you a series of questions about your lifestyle what time you get up and what time you go to bed, how many times a day you train and at what level of exertion. This is important as it tells you when to eat and exactly how much based on your activity level that day.
Each day, you build your meals from a drop down list of RP approved foods. The app tells you exactly how much of that food to eat to hit your target macros for that meal. It literally does the math for you. Easy day.
Then, it does this glorious thing where it reminds you when to eat. Supposedly, each week the app infers and adapts just to you and your metabolism, making necessary weekly adjustments to your diet to keep you headed towards your goals.
So, here we go. Week one starts today.
Week 1: July 8 – 14
Starting Weight: 161.2
Ending Weight: 160 (we’re on track!)
Exercise: I took no rest days this week. I marked each of my training days as moderate. I felt well fueled for each of my training sessions.
Meal Adherence: It took me all week to build to a 73.81% meal adherence and let me tell you, this is hard-earned. Even for someone who is very familiar with tracking food, I hovered in the 60% for days. It took some serious macro magic to get that percentage up.
How I feel overall: Hungry. I’ve spent the last year intuitively eating, so cutting for performance is a pivot for me. But aside from adjusting my food intake, really I feel great. Not having any carbs during training is also different, but it wound up being less of an issue than I anticipated. Last week we were on the road for a handful of days and staying on track with my eating times proved challenging, so I did the best I could and we still came out on top weight loss wise. Our goal is to drop one pound a week and we did that and then some.
Points to note: I love that the app reminds me when it’s time to eat. Also, the app is almost foolproof. I say this as someone who is significantly math-challenged. You choose the food you want to eat for that meal and it tells you exactly how much to eat. Just follow the directions. The app suggested I further reduce my caloric intake for this coming week to stay on track. So, as of this morning, my weekly intact will have dropped.
Question of the week: Someone wrote in asking how precise the food measurements need to be. This is an easy answer: Very. I recommend getting a food scale and following the suggestions that the RP Diet App gives you for weight. You need to weigh everything. I weigh everything out the night and pack my meals for the next day before so I don’t have to fuss with it in the morning. My meals are already weighed and marked when the App reminds me to eat.