Following christmas and a careless bulk I managed to let myself drift up to something close to 20% bodyfat at 98kg and a height of 5’10. My strength has ridden up like crazy however which has been nice.
However Ive just recently started MMA for the purpose of improving general athleticism/gpp and also to drop a bit of fatty tissue… and boy oh boy did I get my ass handed to me last night. Granted shoulder was pretty bust from benching on monday but still - I was all over the place and unfit/slow as hell.
Now I’ve done the long drawn out cuts many times before in the past… everything from 8-12 weeks. Often low carb with 3-4 days strength work and NEPA walks. Everything from progressive calorie restriction from maintenance a velocity type diet.
Only problem is I have ALWAYS dropped a shit tonne of muscle when doing any of these. The lowest I have ever got down to was 9.5% at about 79kg last summer… but boy oh boy did I look scrawny as hell.
Ive just generally bounced in the mediocre range and never gained any strength or size for fear of getting too fat (been a fat ass most of my life).
So any whom I have been doing some number crunching and it seems that if I were to drop down to 90kg without dropping any lean tissue at all I could come in at about 13%.
Now I know from experience this isnt going to happen… I always drop an unnacceptable amount of lean tissue and for the life of me I cant figure out why.
Which is why Ive decided to run a prohormone (havoc) for 6 weeks to accompany a 6 week cut (dosing at 30mg ED but I disgress) - to try and hold on to some muscle tissue.
14% at 90kg would bring me in at about two and a half pounds muscle loss for about 15lbs of fatty tissue… a total of about 17.5lbs over 6 weeks… Or just under 3lbs a week total mass loss (not including water/glycogen).
Hell even a 5% bodyfat reduction to 15% bodyfat at 90kg would be acceptable… about 4.2lbs muscle loss and 13.4lbs fatty tissue loss.
Do these numbers sound reasonable? Just how much lean tissue do you think I can maintain?