I’m currently on week 12 of a 16 week cutting phase and I?ve been following T-dawg 2.0 as best I can.
Using their formula to calculate caloric intake:
Cal. Intake = (Bodyweight * 15) - 500
I should be consuming 1630cals per day which I am since I?m 142lbs. Here are the rest of the macronutrients:
p: 201 (intake has always been close to 1.5 * bodyweight)
As for training, I really like the 5x5 approach so I stuck with it changing my program every 5-6weeks.
Now here is my problem. The first 6 weeks I was doing a flat bench press and I actually gained strength but the time came to change programs so I substituted the bench for a flat dumbbell press. After 5 weeks I switched programs again so I went back to the program that had the bench press and I couldn’t do what I had done previously. I had to drop the weight by 10lbs. (This happened to every exercise on the program) I know that gaining muscle while dieting is extremely hard to do especially when you?re not using any supplements but I?m confused because my strength was always slightly increasing or staying the same, never ever decreasing for all the exercises I was doing.
Here are my questions:
Am I losing muscle because why else would all my exercises suffer? (Any chance it is just a lack of energy from the low carb intake?)
How are my macronutrients and caloric intake looking? Any suggestions?
Thanks for reading and any help you could offer would be greatly appreciated.