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This Guy Tried a 14-Day ‘Mini-Cut’ to Lose His ‘Quarantine Belly'

Men's Health logo Men's Health 8/1/2020 Philip Ellis
a person posing for the camera: YouTuber Daniel Tamago tried an intense 14-day fitness and nutrition challenge to lose the weight that he had put on during lockdown, and tracked his progress. © Daniel Tamago - YouTube YouTuber Daniel Tamago tried an intense 14-day fitness and nutrition challenge to lose the weight that he had put on during lockdown, and tracked his progress.

With gyms closed and motivation to work out in short supply over the last five months, more than a few people have gained the "quarantine 15." Once lockdown measures in his area began to loosen in June, YouTuber Daniel Tamago set out to lose the weight he had put on, and get back on track with his fitness goals.

In order to achieve this, he set himself the challenge of a two-week cut, during which he intended to lean down and get back to his toned, pre-pandemic physique. Tamago is quick to clarify that he is by no means a fitness influencer, and that this video is simply meant to document his transformation, rather than be taken as instructive. "What I do works for me, but it may not work for everyone," he says.

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Tamago follows a push and pull workout split for the two weeks, hitting each muscle group twice per week, and taking one day off per week to allow his body to rest and recover. "By keeping my workouts simple and consistent, it's easier to stick to the plan, making it a more sustainable routine," he says.


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"For cardio, I found myself just doing light cardio such as the stationary bike or incline walks," he explains. "I tried to stay away from excessive cardio, and placed my meals right before the gym so I could get more energy and preserve my strength."

He also adopts a calorie deficit for the mini-cut, reducing his daily food intake to 1,600 calories, comprising 40 percent protein, 40 percent carbs and 20 percent fat. "Being in such a huge caloric deficit is definitely not sustainable in the long run, because there are negative side effects like strength loss and fatigue," says Tamago. "But since it's only two weeks, I'm going to give it a shot and see if I'm disciplined enough to push through."

At the end of the two-week challenge, not only has Tamago lost some of that fat around his stomach, but he's also put on some size and muscle definition. Check out his results in the video.

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