(I apologize for the length of the post, but I want to give as much info as I can)
I’m currently doing T-Dawg v2.0, combined with Meltdown Training I, in an effort to lose fat. I’m 5’9", 25 years old, currently 164lbs and ~15-16% bodyfat. I’m on the last week of Meltdown Training (week 3) and on my 4th week of the diet, and I have dropped minimal body fat. I’m at a loss for what to do to actually lose fat.
I consume between 1900 and 2000 calories a day, and exercise daily (four days of Meltdown, each session followed by a short heavy-lifting session consisting of one or two exercises, 4 sets of 6 reps), one day of low-intensity cardio, and two HIIT sessions a week.
-1 scoop of whey (24g protein)
- 7.5g BCAA’s post lifting
-2g of vitamin C and 2 anti-stress pills (ashwagandha, rhodiola, and other various herbs mixed, recommended by Krista Schaus of Precision Nutrition) for cortisol control
Cardio Days During Workout:
I also take 3 Flameouts and 4 regular fish oil caps a day, in addition to 2 REZ-V and 6 abs+ caps (2 with breakfast, lunch, and dinner), a multi-vitamin, and melatonin to sleep.
In terms of my diet, my macronutrients tend to be about 20C/40P/40F, with carbohydrates not exceeding the T-Dawg limits (with fiber removed). My only non-vegetable carbohydrate is a bowl of oatmeal with whey post-lifting (not on cardio days), but I still stay within the limits (<70g on non-training days, <100 on training days).
Otherwise, my diet consists of a lot of vegetables (about 2 pounds a day, primarily broccoli, cauliflower, celery, cucumber, green peppers, brussel sprouts, green beans, and spinach), turkey breast, roast beef, lean ground beef, eggs/egg whites, chicken, fish (tilapia, tuna, salmon), flaxseed, and turkey sausage.
I’ve been keeping a food log, so can give specifics if needed, but this post is already running rather long, so I can save it for later. For the T-Dawg carb-up days, I go with the day-long clean carb-up (only been through one carb-up so far).
I’ve been preparing for this fat-loss phase for about two months (saving for the supplements, reading all I could on T-Nation) while I was building mass using CT’s Carb Cycling Codex (from 150lb on Jan. 1 to 168lbs by the time I started the diet on March 31st without gaining much fat). I thought I had it all figured out and planned perfectly, but this body fat won’t budge. I lost 4 pounds the first week (water and glycogen, I’m assuming), but nothing since then.
Any ideas? I was doing lower calories the first couple weeks (about 1800/day), without post-workout carbs, but my strength and form suffered during Meltdown, so I’m hesitant to drop them any lower.
Any advice is greatly appreciated. I’m pretty frustrated.