Below is a screenshot of my fat loss log. My goal is to get to under 10% for the first time in several years and according to yesterday’s weigh-in, I’m almost there. This log starts at the beginning of October, but I actually started cutting at the beginning of the year when I weighed over 190lbs, at around 19-20% body fat.
Got the fat down to mid teens, but a minor operation in May kept me completely inactive for 6 weeks. Luckily my diet was good during this time so I didn’t gain much fat at all. Nothing much changed until October when I decided to go for the final cut to get under 10%. Initially, I was using weights 5-6 times a week with little/no cardio. Then I switched to 4-5 weights sessions with some cardio.
Currently, I’m weight training 4 days per week (bench, squat, deadlift, press, chin-ups), with 20 mins of cardio after each session, along with a dedicated cardio session on Sundays. Diet at the moment is as follows: 2000 calories, 175g protein, 200g carbs, 56g fat, all over 4 meals. Protein is spread evenly throughout the day, carbs are higher and fat lower after my workout. Carbs are lower and fat is higher for meal 4, about 2 hours before bed.
I’ve done nothing fancy whatsoever, but my results have been reasonably consistent. There were times when the scales moved in the wrong direction, but looking at the results from month to month shows that ultimately, I have made progress. Personally, I think most of my progress came from the diet being on-point, rather than doing a crazy amount of training.
The biggest surprise for me, was just how much fat you have to actually lose to get this far. In the past I definitely underestimated the amount of fat I was carrying, and thought I would have reached my goal at a heavier bodyweight. I guess I could be a little depleted, but not by much given my carbs aren’t low.
For the record, I’m using Omron BF500 scales to obtain all the readings. Yes, I am a numbers guy and tracking everything in detail really helps me stay on track.
Don’t rush it if you don’t have to. The more time you give allow the easier it will be. I could have done it much quicker, but I fell off the wagon on occasion. I’m okay with that though, as the time soon passed and now I’ve almost reached my goal.
Good luck with yours.