Good morning T-Nation coaches and members!!
First I would like to thank you very much for the great information you provide here, that helped me too much during my transformation journey.
4 months ago, I’ve started to follow T-Nation articles and forum tips for training and nutrition. I was used to count calories and macros for last two years and successfully dropped my weight. However, it was very stressful to continue counting, But since I’ve followed your tips I got relaxed and no more stress. I still log meals (as a reference only) after eating not for planning.
Now I’m following Jim Wendler’s tips regarding to meal partitioning, Non counters diet article tips, and following 5/2 diet. Everything is going very well but some problems still there, consider the following points first:
I can’t increase my breakfast more than slice of bran toast and slice of cheese. If I increase I feel sleepy and can’t sustain my job duties.
I fast from 07:00AM to 07:00 PM, that’s my working hours. I fast because I feel very well, mentally sharp, no gut problems, etc. Also I don’t have a chance to eat during work hours.
I train 4 days/week; I start training once I return back home before breaking my fast, that is by 06:00PM. I train fasted and have only a piece of fruit and coffee as pre-workout.
My main meal is right after working out, and as recommended by Jim and other T-Nation coaches it is mainly protein (half of the plate) with good carbs, veggies, and good fats as the other half.
I eat real food, I don’t depend on protein shakes. I depend on nutrient dense food not calorie dense food. I feel full and have no hunger strikes.
The problem is here. Once I finish the main meal I feel very full, till next day, I can’t eat another meal, and have to force myself to eat something before sleeping that is mostly a cup of cottage cheese with cane molasses but not daily. The total calories of the day are about 1200 kcal which are very low, protein also is no more than 120g (hardly). However; I don’t feel weak, and my energy levels are high, during workout and allover the day.
Before following your great tips regarding to real food I could consume 2000kcal/day mostly from calorie dense food and always feel hungry and weak. But now I feel full, with very low calories. I’m afraid I lose my muscle mass or ruin my metabolism.
What are your advices?
Thanks in advance