I’ve been reading a lot (on this site and off) about flexible dieting lately, and–after checking out @robstein’s prep log–I’ve been thinking about the benefits of creating a deficit on specific days instead of spreading it evenly throughout the week. I’ve been dieting for a while now, slowly moving in this direction–most recently, hitting maybe 200 calories under maintenance on training days and six hundred under on non-training days–and I’ve found that I have better training sessions and better general motivation throughout the week.
I’m currenty sitting at maintenance for two weeks to reset, but after that I’m going to try staying at maintenance on training days and dropping down into about an 800 calorie deficit on my two non-lifting days. This would put me at about a half-pound of weight loss per week. Basically I’m looking at a less extreme version of the 5/2 diet. Which (finally) leads me to my question: has anyone else tried eating this way vs. a more traditional cut, and how has it gone for them?