Steel- I'm kicking round the idea of competing in '09, and having not been under 2 bills in several years, realized that I'll need to come down slowly in order to hold onto as much lbm as possible. Luckily, Jim Cordova's been offering me a lot of advice, which is pretty inspirational after seeing the shape the guy gets into for a show.
KTennies- IN the past, I would always do a carb cycle similar to DG, or just do a very low carb intake, with refeeds once or twice a week. While this always worked well for just tightening up, I really wanna see how far I can take the conditioning, and that;s going to involve some sort of deficit.
I'm not talking about halving my calories or anything, but just enough of a small decrease that you will lose .5 to a lb a week, even with no cardio (at least at this point). While I'm not overly concerned with macros, I will say that my carbs are still coming in at under 100g a day, except for a couple of days when they went up to 100-150g.
It;'s been a real matter of replacing certain foods with others that would make me feel fuller, longer. So even though I usually keep my carb intake kinda low, now, because I figure I'm so low with the cals, I can afford a few bowls of oatmeal and Metabolic Drive a day while still "hitting my numbers".
It's been 3 weeks now, writing everything down, and the thought of Thanksgiving is what's keeping me on track. I'm planning that as my 1st official refeed day. SO far, although my training partner says I'm starting to look a lot tighter, my strength has actually been up, and I wonder if the leucine/BCAAs and extra high protein intake (averaging 300g/day) is to thank.