Why did you decide to participate in the Project Inferno Fat Loss Trainer? What was that eye-opening moment?
I completed Kris Gethin’s 8-Week Hardcore Trainer Reboot challenge at the beginning of the year and was very happy with my results. Unfortunately, I had surgery in August. After taking 6 weeks off from the gym to recover from my surgery, the Project Inferno challenge came at the perfect time. I started on October 1st which was when my 6 weeks was up and I finally got clearance from my doctor. I love the accountability that these challenges offer.
My eye-opening moment was when I realized how much weight I put on during my recovery. I promised myself to stay healthy with my nutrition, but after a few weeks of no gym and bed rest, I got depressed and ate my feelings. When I saw Project Inferno posted, I knew I wanted in. The first 2 weeks were pretty hard for me since I was still getting back into the swing of things and trying to go all out with Fouad’s workouts.
Why did you choose Fouad’s Project Inferno Fat Loss Trainer over other programs?
I thought about doing Kris Gethin’s new 8-Week Muscle-Building Trainer but wanted to focus on losing weight and body fat more than muscle. I am competitive by nature, and when wanting to quit or cheat on my diet, I just look at everyone else on social media, and it pushes me to keep going. I thought about other programs from other companies or athletes, but I love Kaged Muscle, the supplement line, and all the other programs that I’ve done, so I knew this program would be great, too. The plus side, I gained some muscle after all!
What Kaged Muscle supplements did you take during this trainer?
My favorite supplement is Hydra-Charge. I also used the new Micropure Whey Protein Isolate, Amino Synergy, Kasein, BCAAs, Glutamine, IN-KAGED, PurCaf Organic Caffeine, Clean Burn, and Citrulline.
What Kaged Muscle supplement is your favorite and why?
There are so many, choosing one is really difficult. However, if there is one supplement I do not go without, it’s Hydra-Charge. Orange Mango is my favorite flavor. I use it every day, whether I work out or not. Second to that is the PurCaf Organic Caffeine. I love that it is pure organic caffeine and the energy I get from it doesn’t cause a crash.
Can you provide us with a 1-day sample of the diet you personally followed?
The meal plan for this trainer was hard. The first 2 weeks was a lot of food and higher calories than I am used to. I did not eat the same thing every day; sometimes I switched up my meals depending on my mood. My last meal was used to squeeze in those few macros I missed from earlier in the day. My daily goal for this sample day was 1,531 calories: 162 grams of protein, 137 grams of carbohydrates, and 34 grams of fats. For breakfast, I typically ate 1 egg with 6 ounces of egg whites, a handful or two of spinach, and 2 servings of cream of wheat. For lunch, I ate 200 grams of red potatoes, asparagus, and 4 1/2 ounces of chicken. For dinner, I ate 6 ounces of flounder and as much broccoli as I wanted (or could fit into my numbers). My last meal before bed was 1 serving of Kasein pudding, often with peanut butter.
In your opinion, what is the best piece of advice that Fouad provided during the Project Inferno program?
Fouad offered so much great advice. I love how active he was during the trainer; he responded to all of my DMs, questions, and posts. He always left helpful tips and comments. The amount of food was a lot, and he reassured me to trust the process, and it worked! He also provided excellent tips for his workouts and specific exercises.
What aspects of this trainer challenged you most?
The volume of food! In the first two weeks, I struggled to get all my macros in by the end of the day. Also, the cardio. I was used to doing two-a-day cardio sessions from the 8-Week Hardcore Trainer, but the Project Inferno program was intense and increased week by week at a much more substantial rate. Those long sessions had me dying!
What is your advice for others wanting to start this program?
To not give up when they see the number of calories, protein, carbohydrates, and fats they have to eat in weeks one and two. It drops fast, and by a lot, each week. Take it day by day, prepare meals, and plan ahead. Do the workouts! No matter what the excuse. I see so many people who alter or adjust the exercise plans, but unless someone has a specific injury that prevents them from doing a specific exercise, just try it and stick to the plan.
What are the top three songs that fired you up the most during the trainer?
I love Tove Lo; her song “Cool Girl” is great for cardio. My girl Kesha is fire, and I love her song “Woman.” And lastly, Bebe Rexha’s “Bad Bitch” and “I’m a Mess.” Choosing only 3 is very difficult. I love upbeat music that I can dance, move, and sing to. Sometimes, having inspiring lyrics is helpful on a bad day.
What strategies helped you overcome roadblocks in regard to family, social gatherings, diet, workouts, and career during this trainer?
Meal prepping was and still is the best strategy for success in regard to nutrition. When my meals are already cooked and ready to eat, I can go places without being tempted to eat out. Leaving home without my meals or allowing myself to get hungry is never a good idea. Another essential strategy involves planning my workouts around major events by waking up early if need be, or going back to the gym after the kids go to bed.
Have you done any other Kaged Muscle Trainers, either Kris Gethin’s or other athletes’? If so, which ones?
Well, I already mentioned Kris Gethin’s 8-Week Hardcore Trainer which I actually did twice, once in 2017 and again for the reboot challenge. I have also done the 4-Week DTP trainer on bodybuilding.com, the original 12-Week Muscle-Building Trainer, also on BB.com, and Kris’ 4Weeks2Shred trainer.