Austin, I haven’t posted in years, but I remember following your progress back when you were a bigger guy. I am at that point now in my life (muscular, but fat), and recently decided to get my shit together when I found stretch marks on my belly. Really a humiliating moment for me.
The last 8 months was just a lot of binge drinking and late night snacking, and this thread plus embarrassing moments like having to buy larger size shirts than ever before have galvanized me. Just wanted to pop in and say your transformation is really helping to further motivate me.
Stupid question: I too am worried about what will happen to stretch marks and loose skin if I lose weight; you didn’t really have much of a problem with that when you leaned up?[/quote]
I wouldn’t worry about it. I doubt unless you are obese that you’ll have loose skin. You won’t get stretch marks cutting. If you do things right (proper nutrition when growing muscle), be in shape so the cut won’t take long, you’ll be accumulating such small changes that will add up to big changes over time that your skin will have time to adapt.
Don’t worry, stretch marks fade. I used to have big red ones, you can barely see them now.
However I never had a stretch mark on my stomach, that is obesity if you are at a point where your belly is hanging over your waist and you have stretch marks on it. Then I’d worry about loose skin.
Bro you should focus on a career or something, this online Fitness stuff is hard to break into. Spend your time else were.[/quote]
Did it ever occur to you that a lot of us have careers? Not sure if Austin_Bicep does but there’s a good chunk of people on here that give great advice that are doctors, lawyers, etc. and dedicate a good portion of their life to this stuff. I wouldn’t say he’s trying to “break into” anything by giving some good basic advice to beginners or those that don’t get this stuff as easily.[/quote]
hmm its obvious by his youtube videos. If you can’t see that then your blind.[/quote]
Opetha, why bother with the negative? Doesnt seem at all necessary.
Anyway, I wont waste any more time on negative people. That is a great transformation and I sincerely congratulate you on the change. Fitness too has changed my life for the better. Stay strong Austin.
Thanks man, good luck to you with your success.
thanks for the reply austin. tbh this has given me quite a big of inspiration. last two years I’ve tried to cut for summer but always ended up coming way off where i wanted to be 8 or 10 pounds away from good solid abs in my opinion. my cheats are generally big, whatever i decide to eat in one hour. sometimes there 2 or 3 meals which can be detrimental to my progress. i feel that i would work better on a cheat every two weeks, however then there are people that say going low carb for two weeks and training hard naturally as well as cardio is bound for muscle loss. everything seems that bit more complicated when ones never been truly cut before[/quote]
You are cheating yourself with that cheat meal.
Don’t be fooled, gorging can add body fat in a single day. Layne Norton has said it plenty of times.
You are over complicating something that isn’t complicated.
If you look like you are losing muscle you probably don’t have much to begin with. If you diet right, train hard and keep weights heavy you’re not losing muscle. Don’t worry about that shit man.
You have to develop a winning attitude to get this shit done. Get motivated. If you want to cheat plan a day with an extra 100g carbs and cut some fat.
Give yourself 12 weeks to do this.
Diet at a rate where you are eating as much as possible while losing fat, dropping a ton of calories quick is just gunna burn out that metabolism.
You will have to change during these 12 weeks your way of life.
If you party a lot - you can’t.
If you go out to eat a lot - you can’t.
Alcohol - little to none.
However think what will make you happier and get your farther in 3 months. Living a life of self indulgence and being unhappy with your body.
Or sacrificing, doing what is hard, and then being rewarded down the line.
The choice is easy for me.