I've been dieting since I found this site. I started, learned how to weigh my food and did it for a couple months, got off it and started eating closer to maintenance not weighing anything and just eating clean when I was hungry. Now, I am a carb cycling diet 2000/2200/2400 calories depending on the day. I chart my fiber and everything, just got some Surge, and eat really clean. I really have learned a lot about nutrition.
I'm down about 4% body fat, my abs are starting to poke through, but I'm still not lean. I was out of shape before from eating crap and drinking too much, and my primary motivation was to lose fat and get back in shape. I've been going to the gym for a couple months now, doing total body workouts and some jump rope intervals and I am in better shape and leaner. My goals are starting to evolve and now I want to start adding more weight to the bar and putting on some more muscle. I still want to finish what I started to do, which was to get down to an athletic level of body fat and go from there, but it is killing me that I'm pretty much lifting not too lose muscle instead of lifting to put it on.
Would it be unreasonable to assume, that now my diet is cleaned up and I am training regularly, that I can manage a slight calorie surplus and still lose some fat? I'm not going to go into a huge bulking phase, but I'd like to eat at a level conducive to strength gains and perhaps some slow lbm gains. I'm thinking keep the carb cycling, and go for about a 400-500 calorie surplus and just cut back on the carbs on rest days.
Should I just stick with my current plan for the next month, push my intervals a little harder and maybe throw some EDT sessions into my total body training to just get where my initial goal was to be. This means going from about 160-155. Originally, I was thinking 150 but I think if I see my self at 155 I'll pretty much say that is good enough. My arms are already looking pretty small and my legs could use the extra calories, but I'm seeing muscles on my back I don't know the names of.
I'm pretty much wondering what you would do. Finish what you started or adapt to the changing motivations? Can I expect improved body composition from a slight calorie surplus with adequate training? Would eating closer to a maintenance level be a better idea? Should I just shut up, finish the task at hand and then move on? This turned into a pretty long post, so if you read it thanks, and please give me your opinion.