I have an interesting predicament with my cutting cycle. I will try and make this as flame proof as possible, but if you think my concerns are too minor just ignore this (very long) thread.
Using the following routine I managed to drop from 15.6% bf to 11.7% bf while continuing to make strength gains.
2 Servings HOT-ROX Max Str.
7650 milligrams BCAA's
1 fat for every 2 carbs and protein
170 grams protein
Fat cals from Flax, Sunflower, Olive and/or Canola oils.
70%-75% Morning Cardio 40 minutes
Once I reached 11.7% I decided to hold there for a week and then slowly drop it by 1/10th of a percent per week (because I reached my goal almost 4 weeks too early). After 5 days of holding the same weight and bf%, my bf% went UP by 1/10 of a percent. I figured it was a fluke and maybe had something to do with water retention or something. Then 3 days later I dropped a pound and went up another 1/10 of a percent. At this point I am figuring this is enough evidence to believe I wasn't intaking enough protein. The next day I lowered my carbs and upped my protein. I have a really good idea of what it takes to gain a pound, and I stuffed myself with cottage cheese and broccoli all day long in hopes of gaining 2 or at least 1lb simply by eating a lot more than normal and eating right before bed. To my surprise I lost another half a pound and my bf% was reading 2/10th even higher!
I know this may sound petty, but I record enough data to believe this is more than just a fluke. I've come to the conclusion that either...
I am losing water weight from lowering carbs after a week of maintenance, and the method of gauging body fat is off because of this water loss.
I am losing muscle mass from my body either going into starvation mode, or my workout routine becoming less effective.
I am confused because my numbers in the gym are continuing to go up. Either this is some sort of placebo effect and I am cheating to make gains without realizing it (which I doubt), or, if it is even possible, my muscles are adapting to do more with less. (I managed to set a personal record of 325lb deadlift WHILE my data was telling me I was loosing muscle)
Either way I have changed my routine and going to see how it affects my data.
2 Servings HOT-ROX Ultimate
11475 milligrams BCAA's
1 fat and carb for every 2 protein
250 grams protein
2000 or slightly more calories
Fat cals from Flax, Fish, Sunflower, Olive and/or Canola oils.
60%-65% Morning Cardio 55 minutes
My goal here is to hold in the mid 11% bf range for a few more weeks at which point I will start a dramatic bulking phase. But as the numbers and even the mirror are telling me, I am setting myself up for 12.5%-13% bf if I cant make some sort of positive change in my routine (again, this may seem minor to some, but it is important to me that I reach my goal). I have also considered carbing up for a few days before I start in on the above rotune if I don't see some sort of minuet change for the better in the next day or so.