Question: what's worse than a165 lb guy with abs?
Answer: a 185 lb guy with tits and love handles.
With that in mind, I decided to seriously "diet down" for the first time 4 months ago. I started at a sloppy 190 ish lbs and gave myself 16 weeks to hit what I assumed would be a pretty lean 170. Well, I just wrapped up week 15 and weighed in at 171 -- pretty much exactly where I wanted to be. But here's the rub: I don't look as lean as I expected. I'm not saying I was expecting (or care about) veins and striations, but I was hoping to be "hey, that guy's pretty lean" lean. What I got was "you look a lot less buttery" lean. And yes, that's a quote from a friend about 2 weeks ago.
So now I'm not sure how to proceed, and I'm looking for input from anyone who has been here before. These are the options as I see them:
- Reverse diet back up to maintenance, sit there for a few months and hope for some recomping before deciding to either do an 8 wk cut and get lean-lean or move forward with other goals.
- Keep going until I'm as lean as I want, probably at a body weight under 165 (yuck).
- Take a 2 week diet break where I eat at maintenance, then dive back into the diet.
For reference, my average calories (carb/calorie cycling) are 2250, and I'm doing 60-90 minutes of LOW intensity cardio, 1 HIIT session, and zero moderate intensity cardio on top of 4 lifting sessions each wk. Strength has improved or been maintained pretty much across the board, and only in the last 3-4 weeks have I started to feel like I look small and am worried about muscle loss. Not sure if that's my mind playing tricks on me or I actually fucked up some how.
Any input would be greatly appreciated.