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Dropping a Couple of Inches


#1

Wasn't sure where to post this, but oh well.

I'm on a bulk-type diet right now, but I'm doing it a little differently than last time. Last year, I put a few unwanted inches on my waist. I went from a 32" to a 35". I'd like to get back down to a 32" by June.

I'm a football player and I compete in powerlifitng, so whatever I do, it can't effect my strength that much. I wouldn't mind losing a few pounds, but I'm still trying to gain weight. Currently, I'm 190 lbs. at 5'7". I currently run a Westside-style template, lifting four days a week. Here's what I was thinking (kind of going along with Kroc's article a while ago):

Sunday - DE Bench
Monday - fasted cardio, 30 minutes treadmill
Tuesday - ME Lower
Wednesday - fasted cardio, 30 minutes treadmill
Thursday - ME Upper
Friday - fasted cardio, 30 minutes treadmill
Saturday - DE Lower

Nothing too extreme. I'm looking to put on another 15 lbs. in the next 5-6 months, and I think it'd be doable with the above mentioned protocol and watching my carbs a bit more closely.

I don't think it's one of those "I-want-to-be-ripped-and-jacked" type of things, but if it is, let me know and I'll try and adjust it. Any criticism is invited.

CS


#2

Hard to lose inches on your waist and gain 15 pounds...

Try a Paleo/Primal Blueprint style diet except for peri-workout.

I would throw in 50-100 grams of carbs in around your workouts depending on how well you handle them.

I have also read good things about the anabolic diet but have not tried it myself as of yet.


#3

Your not going to be able to gain 15 pounds of muscle and lose fat at the same time. You need a calorie deficit to produce those results. Cheers to getting your waist leaner, I'm sure you body will thank you.


#4

Alright, thanks, guys. I was pretty sure that I was going to be told that. I guess it's not really an option right now considering I'm training for a meet in April, as we speak. However, when I start speed training in April, always tend to lean out a bit due to the high intensity shit. Thanks for all your help.

CS


#5

I agree with tech-junkie. I don't think you can gain weight and maintain or shrink your waist at the same time. To shrink your waist and at least maintain your weight i would use carb cycling. It has worked for me. When my waist gets above 33 inches, I eat high carb on the days I workout and low carb/moderate fat on my off days. This will keep your waist in check and help your insulin sensitivity on your workout days.


#6

That actually seems a lot more practical. Thanks for the suggestion.

CS