OKay guys, I think I've found a show I'm going to do, in NJ on May 2, and I guess next week I have to stop half-assing my diet (although I have come down considerably in the last 4 months or so).
I need a little input on how I'm going to structure my food intake. I've got two methods I'm considering.
1- This approach seems quite popular with many of Beverly Intl's athletes, you essentially go on a progression where each week, you slightly lower your carbs and cals (which are already lower than a typical offseason amount), and then as you get closer, add in 1 refeed meal on 2 days (mondays and thursdays).
2- I got this from Brian Whitacre's site, and if any of you are familiar with him, his conditioning gives new definition to the word 'peeled'. He sets up 3 rotating days, all with submaintenence calories, and submaintenence carbs. Day 1 would be the lowest, ~60 carbs, and ~2000 cals. Day 2 would be ~150 carbs, and ~2400 cals. Day 3 would be ~200 carbs, and ~2800 cals.
Now I gotta say that I'm thinking Whitacre's approach sounds pretty good. For the most part, as I've been slowly dropping the last few months, I've been ingesting about 3000 a day, with absolutely zero cardio in the mix.
Of course if I needed to veer off my diet for a family dinner, or a date, I didn't really sweat it.
My carbs during this time ranged from about 100-150g on most days, so I'm thinking if I were to do option #2, it wouldn't be so far off from what I've been doing (aside from that one really low day each cycle), and hopefully I wouldn't even have to add in much cardio at the onset, maybe waiting until 8 weeks out or so in an attempt to preserve as much lbm as I can.
All opinions are totally welcome, whether natty or not (I'll be doing the USBF NJ Pro/AM if all goes well -lol)