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3 weeks until photo shoot!! Help!

Ok everyone here is the situation. I just found out that I have to be ready for a photo shoot in 3 weeks(my agency wants to see how I look now after being gone for 7 months). The problem is I am also an athlete whose focus is mainly olympic lifts therefore I do not want to lose the strength I have been gaining recently. Basically I need to drop my bf from about 9-10% to the 7% range in this time. My stats are: 6’4 250 lbs. 9-10% bf. Am I going to be able to do this without sacrificing strength? What type of diet should I try(I was thinking about Fat Fast but I am not sure how it would work if my bf is already somewhat low)? Should I change my workouts for these 3 weeks and if so to what? Any help from anyone would be appreciated.

Boy, Redman, yours is not an easy one. Running the numbers, you need to lose 7 pounds, give or take, and if you had your druthers, you’d druther that it was 7 pounds of fat. You’re close, but 3 weeks is not a lot of time.

Okay. Here’s my suggestion. Use Mag-10 and cut calories 1,000 below maintenance and follow the Mag-10 exercise program, which has you working out twice a day, six times a week, if I remember correctly. Ideally you would do two weeks on, alternating Mag-10 with Tribex & M on the two weeks off, but I believe you could get away with 3 weeks on, 3 weeks off. Absolutely do am cardio in a fasted state, no more than 30 minutes per session. Keep protein and carbs high and fat low for the Mag-10 cycle.

Good luck!!!

You can drop some pounds, yet keep your strength~~by carb reducing, per Rob Faigin’s “Natural Hormonal Enhancement”, he has a bunch of controversial ideas, but the carb restriction helped me drop 15 lbs in about 6 weeks, slowly but surely. I also got so much stronger in the beginning, but did not stay on the 20 grams/carbs a day; with every 3rd, then every 4th day of a big carb meal near the end of the eating day, but I have watched my carbs since then, just not as strict. IMO, you may drop 7, 8 lbs by then, and I leaned up, yet kept all my muscle, and in effect, looked more muscular after dropping he excess fat. Look up his book @ drogondoor., extique.; plus there are many posts/articles on this, I think there are several variances of carb restriction.

Thanks for your advice

PRIORITIZE… which one is most important to you ? strength or being ripped… olympic lifting or modeling ? besides, after the three weeks, if you do lose strength, it’ll come back fast, and you probably won’t notice much strength loss if you continute to lift heavy anyway.