Yep, lets get it out of the way first - I’m a fat bastard, I hate it, and I’ve been trying to change that for years with varying degrees of success, but in 18 days I’m under the knife for a VSG alongside my wife, who is having a similar procedure done the same day. Full disclosure, I’m working with a Nutritionist and Psychologist alongside the Surgeon and his team, to ensure the best results possible.
I’ll get full clearance from the team I’m working with prior to beginning any exercise routine, but it’s been stressed to me several times that after the appropriate healing time (say 3 months or so), exercise and weightlifting are highly recommended for increasing loss and maintaining muscle mass, before transitioning into some muscle growth after the weight is lost (6-12 months).
My experience with lifting is limited, having only really done 5x5 or 5/3/1 before and the longest I successfully followed either program was 6 months using a rack at home. There’s a really great weightlifting gym where I live that I’d like to start training at as soon as I’m cleared for it, but my question revolves around how exactly I achieve the best results while being in a significant calorie deficit for an extended period of time.
Do I pick a program/routine - start light (obviously), and just work until failure, deload and repeat? Or is there a better approach to this that I’m not aware of? My current stats are short and extra fat, 177cm and 128kg.
Thanks in advance.