Hi everyone, 3 year reader first time poster so please be nice.
I consider myself to be just above a beginner to average knowledge person from what I experienced. That aside/
I’m currently trying to lean down, ive been training for about 4 years, started off quite chubby, then trained and dieted full on, did a bit leaning and bulking at the same time with the intention of bulking mostly.
anyway, ive come to accept/realise that I have poor genetics and I have accepted that it is quite difficult to put on clean bulk without steroids. I am completely fine with that,
so my thought is, well, I am training my butt off, I either can’t or is very difficult to get big, so without losing any size, Id like to get shredded!
as per the norm, aside from the last month, I have generally been doing the 2 protein shakes a day, training, 1 half cup of oats immediately after training, 4 meals (eggwhites for breakfast, 2 servings of steak/chicken + vegetables, last meal usually tuna + veges)
in 3 months, I basically had 2 glasses of wine, 1 serving of bread and rice, in total so I was behaved very well.
I got quite lean (possibly lost a bit of size).
anyway a few months on, I went off the rails and basically went on a bread/rice/pasta/potatoes/chips binge, and in 3 weeks gained 6kg, with no training. naturally I am quite disgusted with myself as it is obvious in a photo I took today.
ok, so I am back on my diet and training,
my question is im going to completely back on no rice/pasta/bread/potatoes, forget chocolates, forget non-diet soda. forget alcohol, hi protein, zilch starchy carbohydrates
Ive been told 1-2 cheat meals is ok per week. but how much damage does this 1-2 meals per week do??? some say 1 meal will set you back 2 weeks, which is quite discouraging.
so this 1 meal per week, is it ok if I eat a bucket of chicken, 3 servings of fries smothered in cheese???
I have a huge appetite, eg, I usually eat 6-8 chicken burgers from a take away or 1kg of deep fried potato chips or 2 large pizzas per cheat meal, and I don’t feel like ive cheated if I don’t stuff myself. if I made my own burgers with lean meat, a few have recommend wholemeal bread, does wholemeal bread with lean beef make it ok to have as many as I want in one meal? given the nature of my appetite
Some have said pita bread or souvlaki wrap bread is guilt free, but it still seems like white bread to me??
if I am going to cheat, and I want to minimise the damage, is it better to have saturated fats or sugars, eg deep fried potatos or chocolate bars.
Apologies if this is the wrong format of question
Ive never actually got a straight answer out of anyone that I have asked, my main concern is about the extent of damage of cheat meals, I do want to get ripped since its so difficult for me to put on size ( i have tiny parents), I also take a few fish oil tablets a day, avoid anything deep fried, or sugars, don’t eat many sweets except for the cheat meals.
appreciate the comments