Confused on the following:
From “Question of Strength”
"Q: …now is that I want to get rid of all this fat. I am currently 96kg at 15% body fat and would like to be between 6-7%. If my calculations are right, it means I have to lose about 8-9 kg. I was thinking about dropping my calories to about 2400kcal a day. Is it possible to lose this in about 8-10 weeks without losing muscle? I don’t really want to do cardio after what you said about it in your book.
A: Yes, your goal of not losing any muscle should be easily attainable without direct aerobic work if you limit your fat loss to about 1 kg per week. I have plenty of clients who have done just that over the course of two months.
Make sure you restrict your carb intake throughout the day and limit most of your carb ingestion to your post workout meal. Since your body fat is relatively high, I would eat only about 60 grams of carbs along with 40 grams of protein in your post workout shake."
"Q: I really appreciate you taking the time to answer my question. I’m 6-foot-2, 218 pounds, 17% body fat, and 25 years old. I’ve been bodybuilding for 1 year and I’m caught up in a dilemma: Should I cut up now to a single digit body fat percentage or not worry about a little flab and just go on and get massive? I plan to compete at about 235-240 at 5% body fat.
A: Lose the fat first, then worry about gaining quality muscle. The practice of bulking up first may in fact increase the number of fat cells, and once you develop fat cells, you can never really get rid of them, only shrink them.
I would strongly suggest you get below 10% first. If you train properly, you can do it in 7 weeks or so. Losing a few pounds of body fat in that time period is quite realistic…"
My question is this:
How is it possible to consistently drop fat by 1% per week for 7-10 weeks without plateau? How can one do this? My understanding was that a plateau would occur after 2-3 weeks.
Additionally, Charles has said that people seeking to lose fat should not eat carbs post-workout and strictly limit them for two weeks (to be replaced with fat, right?). How is one supposed to train intensely by doing this? Wouldn’t the lack of glycogen mean one does not have fuel to lift?