I’m a reasonable size(so I’m told),not from a powerlifting or bodybuilding point of view,but enough that people have always commented.
This year I set myself some targets inspired by John Berardi:-
1)(most important)Get bodyfat down to below 12%.
2)2x bodyweight deadlift(easy managed it in 2 months).
3)Bodyweight shoulder press(shoulder problems have scuppered that for now,but I had managed 73.5kg so only about 5kg to go when arm-wrestling blew it!).
4)After achieving sub 12% BF try to add some lean tissue,target to reach a lean 90kg.
All was going well until the end of March,had dropped about 5kgs of fat and BF% was about 14%.Then it all stopped.
I had been following a diet which gave me about 2000 cals(I realise this is low so don’t flame too much),so I really didn’t have anywhere to go as regards cutting back on cals.Was following a cycled carb diet as per one I read about last year at avantlabs.com and incorporating nutrient timing strategies as per L. Lowery. I decided to ramp up the amount of carbs I was eating to increase my G-Flux as per Dr. Berardi’s article.I started to lose again on an extra 500 carb calories for b’fast.It lasted a month.I’m stuck at 13%.
I thought about going back to reducing cals again but that wouldn’t leave me with anywhere to go yet again so I binned that idea went back to the archives here.I calculated what my caloric needs were as a hard training moderately active 79kg’er and it comes out at over 3500 cals!Now,that might not sound a lot to some of you guys,but when you realise that I had problems getting 2000 clean calories into my face on my high protein /low carb day before,you might begin to see my problem.Also living in Japan suppliments are horrendously expensive,as is meat(Tofu is cheap though…only joking wouldn’t touch the shit with a bargepole(though stopping my Japanese wife feeding it to my son is a nightmare,slagging their food off here is like pissing on the Stars and Stripes,they don’t like it!).
So…I have to elevate my metabolic rate over the course of a month or so and then start again with a deal of leeway.Any tips anyone has would be appreciated especially with regard to cheap ways of scoffing protein.