i am planning on losing some fat in december until mid january, when i will be gymless. i plan to pull a homemade sled, and find something to do with 1 40lb dumbbell, a pullup bar, and maybe some sandbags. i was looking at the V-Diet but i seem to be lacking muscle (5’9, 184, 18%bf) and cannot afford so much Metabolic Drive. i don’t really know much other effective diets though.
so my goal is to lose fat, retain as much muscle as possible over those weeks.
several questions arise:
what diet is good for loss of fat and muscle retention (or what should the philosophy be to do this)?
is sled dragging good for fat loss (cardio) and lower body strength retention? haven’t done it yet and haven’t made it (with a tire i presume)
what can i do about upper body-can i pull off something with a sled for this?
how is your day :)?
This is excellent and I can see you have done your homework! In terms of diet I would do 14 days no carbs (less than 50 grams) with ample fats and 2 grams of protein/ lb bw and at the 14 day mark I would begin adding in a carb MEAL at the end of every 7th day.
Sled dragging is great and IMHO not enough people do it. It is a great way to not only build your work capacity and ability to exhert force but, a great jump start for the metabolism. The best resource I have found for information on how to mix it up is Charles Poliquin’s Applied Strongmen Training Book. If you are feeling really crazy I’ve got one for you…I grew up in West Lafayette Indiana and I was there when NFL pro back Mike Alstott was there. That guy would attatch a harness to his jeep and drag it around the parking lot…what a beast!
Best of luck with your goals and let me know if ther is anything I can offer to help!