I'm getting ready for my first show in September, but I'm wondering if I've got enough time to lean out. I keep going back and forth and just don't know how realistic it is. It's just over 8 weeks out- I put myself right now between 11-12% bodyfat; Need to come in around at least 7% bodyfat. (I'll be doing Men's physique; Not bodybuilding) I have the option to do another show three weeks later in October, but my gf is doing this one in September as well and I really don't want to do the October one. It's not as big and I don't want to take even more time off work + traveling=less money.
It's a natural show, so I'm not going to be up against IFBB/NPC guys and based on what I've seen I'm thinking I'm going to be one of the biggest in physique. The pictures might be a little misleading, but I'm 6'2" 225 lbs right now. So I've definitely got some room to cut down, but I am concerned about getting smaller- especially at my height. I already think I don't look all that big.
I can control my diet, eat clean and go very low-carb + get enough protein, so that's not a concern of mine, however I am concerned about both undereating and overeating. I've always found those resting metabolic rate calculators to overestimate my caloric needs. It's kind of been an ongoing process for me to figure out what works best for ME.
I have a food journal and keep track of all my macros- obviously each day is different between low-carbing, moderate carbs, and 're-feed' days. I can post it if anybody actually cares. I've made a lot of progress over the last five weeks, so much so that I'm thinking at any time the progress is going to drastically slow down/stop and I'll stall out. Eitherway, the lower the bf% the harder it's going to get.
I have a lot of water weight to lose I know, and I'll be detoxing/using water pills towards the end to get all the excess water out. I guess I'm just looking for some general input and whether or not anyone thinks it's possible to finish in a placing other than dead last.