[quote]Chris Colucci wrote:
I have noticeable lost a lot of weight.[/quote]
Definitely. Nice progress so far.
I’d stop the cheat days. They’re not helping at all, and they’re certainly not necessary. I understand it’s rough to be dieting for 10 months, but you need to “earn” cheat days.
What’s your specific long-term goal?
I agree with the guys that you’re not in a position where a “bulk” would be a good idea. You’re still carrying a good amount of fat and, generally, the fatter you start a bulk, the more likely you are to gain even more fat.
There’s a good chance that you could simply tweak your training and fine-tune your nutrition to get you moving towards building more muscle and less fat. Guys carrying more fat who want to keep building size often do some “damage control” cardio, to help burn some fat as they go along.
What’s your current strength like on the basic lifts?
What does your training look like - the days, exercises, sets, and reps?[/quote]
Thank you for your valuable feedback and sorry for the late reply I have had a long trip from Asia to South America anyway still hitting the iron.
I will answer some of your questions in order to have an even better advice from you:
Chris Colucci ,
My long term goal is aesthetics, not interested in participating in bodybuilng contests, but to have a nice, healthy and especially functional body. That is why I feel not very good with the weight on the bar increasing only a little bit. My current numbers for the main lifts are:
Squat: 175 lbs x 5,
DL: 200 lbs x 5,
Bench Press: 155 lbs x 5
Overhead press: 95 lbs x 5,
I am using a Lower/Upper body rutine, 3 times a week, 5x5 for squat, bench and OH Press and 2x5 for deadlift, and I complete with some volume work in the range of 8-10 reps (lats, rowing, biceps, calves and abs)
And my diet has been in average is 1800 Cal (Maintenance 2400 cal), getting more calories on training days and less on no-training days. (Some sort of carb cycling)
I hope this extra information could help you to provide me an even better advice.
I see from my honest point of view that my severe problem is the love handles fat, now I can see my upper abs when flexed and the cerratus muscles, veins on the arms and shoulders. But still very puffy on the lower back and abs section. I read somewhere that it is needed to go below 10% BF on order to rid off it, as my muscle mass is still not very well developed, I think it is not worth to make such effort (Go below tens). That is why I wanted to start bulking in order to accrue 10-15 pound of muscle and later dieting below ten.
My strategy after hearing all your positive words is:
- Take a month in maintenance calories to give my body some break and maybe some recomposition and gaining some strength
- Dieting for an extra 8-10 weeks to get the body fat till 12-13%
- Making a clean bulking.
What do you think?
Gracias por tus palabras en espaÃ±ol.