Hey, Sisters and Brothers of T-Ness! That’s right, it’s time for Timbo to sharpen his Ginsu knives and make the deepest, most quality cuts of his life. For those thinking WTF, this is no longer the six-foot and a buck-sixty Timbo. Despite taking three-plus years to finally get my mass on, I’ve recently somehow managed to reach just about two benjamins (that’s 200-lbs for you English speakers) on the scale. Currently, I would not suspect my fat percentage to be greater than 8% (and 7-site skinfolds estimate 6%).
So, why the cut? Well, I’m telling myself that I just have to give it a go at my first Show. And it looks like there’s one just over 12 weeks away, so why not. In addition, I’d like to get in my best conditioning for a photo shoot, so I can: 1. submit pictures to modeling agencies, and 2. (more importantly) throw up some pics on the forum.
Last night I came across a reference to the David Boston thread, which led me to all the Coach Poliquin dieting threads. Good reads and very intriguing and also the inspiration for this post. While I was considering a lower carb approach for the upcoming pre-contest diet, I wasn’t really leaning towards a strict high-fat, ketogenic-type diet. I like lots of protein and lots of veggies, so this looks like it might fit the bill. I’d really like to get some specific feedback, and there seem to be a few individuals who I feel can offer me some valuable feedback. I recognize Tampa-Terry as Queen in this realm, and Monty is like Old (Lyle) McDonald’s farmhand, while Eric Cressey, JC (not our friend from N Sync) and Jason (I believe), as well as MBE, all have some quality experience here…all your comments/thoughts/opinions would be appreciated.
I’ve got a specific nutrition plan already in the works and will be happy to post it. My maintenance calories are easily upwards of 4K, but I think I’d like to start around 3200 and bring in refeeds every 4th or 5th day, which would entail only a meal or two (as opposed to a carb-up day) and consist of 200-300g of carbs. Protein is right around 1.75g/lb (complete), Carbs are at 111g (discounting fiber) and 41g discounting post-workout, while Fat grams are at 112g (14g fish oil, 1.5 tbsp flax, 6 capsules CLA). This brings ratios to 50% pro, 30% fat, 20% carbs. As far as post-workout, I am opting not to go the liquid route, but rather whole-food (i.e. low-carb Grow + oats and hydrolyzed whey). I am planning on going with BCAAs and glutamine during and immediately after training. I train on a two-on, one-off split for both lifting and cardio. When cardio and lifting fall on the same day, they are performed in separate sessions. Following the evening cardio session, I plan on eating a normal meal of protein, fat and fibrous carbs. All comments, opinions and questions are welcome, respected and appreciated. I look forward to the journey ahead and all assistance.