Hey CT! I’m in a bit of a mess right now. I’ve suffered from severe lower back pain for 6 months now and I’m in the process of getting a diagnosis and treatment for it. It limits my lower body training a lot and upper body training to a degree as well.
Since I won’t be able to train for powerlifting for a while now, I was thinking I could give bodybuilding a shot and for once, actually get lean. Here’s what I’m thinking:
I have used two forms of protein sparing modified fasts successfully in the past and I’m going to use it now as well to drop from 95,0kg to 85,0kg. To preserve muscle and upper body strength, I’m thinking of utilizing some form of The Layer System which I found pretty damn interesting. The problem is that I will be on little-to-zero carbs on 5 days of the week, have one free meal on Monday and a re-feed on Friday so I will be training with no carbs on some days. So the question is, how would I utilize The Layer System to maximize muscle preservation since I am unable to do any kind of squatting, deadlifting, pulling or rowing from the ground or put a lot of stress on my lower back? I understand that depletion of muscle glycogen is something to avoid at all costs so I’m guessing I won’t be able to utilize some parts of the layer system because of that.
Moving to maintenance after a diet has always been a huge problem for me be it a keto diet or a regular one. I was a fat fucker for 21 years of my life and it seems that after a diet, my body absorbs calories to fat like an Estonian prostitute absorbs semen. It seems that even on very low calories for someone of my size (like 2000-2500 calories), I still always seem to be able to get fatter again. I have been checked for thyroid and hormonal issues multiple times and according to them, I’m golden on that aspect. Any ideas on how to approach this issue and continue to get leaner after I hit 85kg?
I know little-to-shit about bodybuilding methodology. I have always grown extremely well with powerlifting techniques even while avoiding failure like the plague. I’m thinking of running the I, Bodybuilder program after the diet since many of the techniques used there are pretty close to how I used to train in the past. My main concern however is to find a way to be able to get the right amount of calories or finding the right type of diet solution to be able to continue after the diet without having to drop another 10-15kg again after 6 months.
Sorry for the wall of text guys but I’m really starting to lose my nerve over this shit.