I got carried away with the dirty bulking this winter. I’m now doing a long cut and chalking it up as a lesson learned.
I bulked to 245 at 20% BF with a 40" waist. I maintained this weight through the month of January (3500 Cals)and then started a slow cut in February (3000 Cals). After the initial weight loss from dropping carbs, I lost weight at a rate of 1 lb. per week. I started Oxy Elite Pro in late February at a weight of 232 and dropped Cals to 2500. My weight began to drop at a rate of 2 lbs. per week. Once I got down to the 218-220 range, my weight loss stalled. I have been stuck at this weight for the past 3 weeks. I’m at 16.5% BF with a 36.5" waist. I tried reducing Cals to 2000 for the past two weeks and it didn’t make a difference. I stopped taking Oxy Elite Pro a week ago since it was time to cycle off.
My macros vary depending on whether or not I’m working out. I try to get 50g of carb pre and post workout. I also tend to consume 50-100g throughout the day or I get some brain fog at work. So, these days are something like a 40/40/20 C/P/F split. Off days are more like 20/50/30.
I workout 4 days a week and only do weights. I’m concerned primarily about muscle retention, but I’ll do cardio if it will help me get over this weight loss plateau.
This week, I decided to add a cheat day of 4000 Calories. It’s too early to tell if this will make a difference. I’m thinking about cycling back on the Oxy Elite Pro after another week or so. My lifts have dropped slightly, but I think a higher carb diet will get them back up close to where they were before.
What do you advise?
Do I need 50g pre AND post-WO? Should I reduce this?
What can I do to spike my metabolism? I was maintaining at 3500 Calories three months ago. Now, I can’t lose weight on 2000 Calories.
My goal on this cut is 12% body fat.