I’m in the second phase of Krypteia (I’ve had to repeat it twice due to failing a lift as well as missing a few workouts because of scheduling problems and typical fall sickness) and, while I seemed to be getting leaner for a bit, I’ve been developing some love handles and lower stomach flab despite not really changing anything about my diet.
I weigh about 185 lbs and I’ve been keeping my calories between 2500 and 2700 per day with a goal of the typical 40% carbs/30% fat/30% protein macros; this seems low to me, but it hasn’t affected my lifting and really hasn’t helped me get any leaner, either. Granted, I know I don’t get enough sleep during the semester due to my college, work, and volunteer commitments - but I’ve seen plenty of other lifters stay lean without getting the recommended amount of sleep. I’m not looking to be 2% body fat or anything crazy like that, I’d just like to get to somewhere in the 10-12% range and eliminate as much of that unwanted weight as I reasonably can. I would just lower my caloric intake further, but my strength took a hard nosedive the last time I tried that. Does anybody have any dietary recommendations? I can follow a pretty stringent meal plan, so long as it’s reasonably affordable for a college student. I know many Wendler followers don’t track macros or anything like that, but I’ve found that I generally don’t eat enough if I don’t track how much I’m eating - so if anybody has any advice when it comes to nutrition, I’d really appreciate it.
Also, I’ve been thinking of doing a few cycles of the base 5/3/1 program after I finish Krypteia and then doing six weeks of the Prep and Fat Loss program to get rid of as much excess fat as I can without ruining my lifts. Prep and Fat Loss has similar programming to Krypteia, though, so would this be an effective change of program? Any help regarding this matter would be great!