I am hoping that the intelligent followers of this site could help with an obstacle that just reared its ugly way into my life. Some background: I am 24 years old, serving overseas in Korea in the Air Force. I am currently 170lbs at a height of 5'6 with an approximation of about 12-13% body fat. I follow Intermittent Fasting, while implementing Carb back loading into the mix. I have had great success, as I have slowly, but consistently made strength and size gains. I fast from 7:30pm to 12:00pm(next day) every day for the past 3 months. I have consistently ate the same thing for the past 3 months.
Now onto the problem; Unfortunately due to a new enacted (RIDICULOUS) rule; the dining facility at every Air Force base, has restricted all meal plan owners to two(2) entrÃ©e servings per session.
I usually have 8 grilled pieces of chicken every day, this new rule essentially cuts my protein intake in half. This is making it difficult to hit my protein numbers. I have already begun to increase protein supplementation with whey protein powder. I am looking for any possible solutions to this new obstacle. I do not have a lot of money to be shelling out on supplements as is, and wondering how expensive it would be to begin cooking. As I said this really takes a toll on me financially, as well as efficiently (time and muscle building wise) as many of the other dining food options are not what I would consider "smart" choices. It is a requirement all members on base under a certain rank (which I am) have a meal plan, which is ridiculous as I use it for such a small amount of items. I would much rather have the meal plan money and cook for myself but I do not foresee this being an option. Now having to buy my own groceries is another financial toll that I did not plan on undertaking. My training log, keeps a track of what I eat everyday (chicken, salad, white rice(PWO)) that's essentially it.
My questions are this: Will my progress slow considerably on a lower protein diet? Will I have no choice but to start cooking for myself, if I would like to continue to progress?