As promised in the last post about the Reboot Challenge, I am sharing again my experience of the second early morning workout week with Swiss City Bootcamp, together with my insights about testing the QUBE metabolism bar.
The QUBE experience
The second Bootcamp week started as early as usual with an outdoor workout at 6.30 a.m. Helvetiplatz – Kasernenareal – Europaallee. Wake up Zurich, wake up! On that Monday of the second Bootcamp week, I also started with the QUBE monofood bar. The QUBE bar is supposed to boost your metabolism in order to help your body building up more muscles and burn more fat. Of course I am always very skeptical with such products. But what made me wanting to test the QUBE was the fact that it is 100% natural, vegan, locally produced and free of preservatives and artificial sweeteners. The promise of the product is that it supports your workout results in a highly effective way. For the most effect, the product developers say that you should at least do it for one week, better two. This was just not compatible with my social and business life but I decided to test the QUBE bar for three days.
Three days later…
It is not as hard as it sounds to only eat the 10 QUBE bars per day and nothing else. At least if you only do it for such a short time. I have to admit that the taste of the bars is something that takes getting used to. It is somehow sweet and salty at the same time. I personally did not mind it though. What really surprised me about the bar is that you do not feel hungry. So even with the one hour bootcamp every morning, I was never starving. This is mainly because you have to eat one bar every 80 – 90 minutes, 10 per day, plus you should drink a lot of water. So the hunger never really has a chance to grow. One advantage or also disadvantage of the bars is that you do not spend time in eating. So, while everyone went for lunch, dinner, cooked or met up for coffee or drinks, I was stuck with my water and the little bar. So, during the QUBE time, chances are you become a bit anti-social. I think in the end, for me this would be the most difficult part of the QUBE nutrition in the long run. It is doable, but it requires a lot of dedication and will power to make it through the two weeks with it.
To sum up…
I lost 1.9 kilos from Monday to Thursday morning when I weighed myself after the 3 days of QUBE bars. This is a lot in a very short time. Of course, I am sure that this high speed weight loss would not have continued like this and I believe this pace would have been also too fast for the body over time. If you wonder if I put the weight on again then I’m sorry to disappoint you but I can’t tell. If it wasn’t for this experiment, I never step on a scale. I think it is more important to listen to your body than to listen what your scale tells you. After all, my goal was also not to lose weight but to see how I feel and to test this bar. So, what I can say is that I felt energized and good after those three days. I think for people who want to lose weight, a few QUBE days in the beginning, before switching to a healthy and balanced diet could be a great motivational kick start.
After writing so much about the QUBE, here is a quick recap about the second week of the Bootcamp as well. I can really say that the second week was easier than the first one. I guess my body and mind are getting used to waking up so early. It is slowly becoming a natural thing to be up at that time of the day. What is also very nice is the team spirit that developed between the members of the group. Since we are all in the same boat, you can tell that everyone has this nice mindset of achieving something together. Last but not least, I am getting addicted to that great feeling of sitting in a café at 7.45 a.m, having done the workout already, enjoying a nice breakfast and still being the first at work 🙂