What’s up T-Mag forumites?
It’s almost time for me to become a professional student once again. This means that I can go back to lifting and eating as usual with the added benefit of being more disciplined. So stemming from this I just recently read LL’s Yo-Yo diet article and Chris’s FFB handbook. Couple this with me being a vet on this forum and having read most of the nutritional articles on the site and I think it’s time that I grow up and create some long-term goals and eradicate my bad dietary habits consisting of rapid dietary and weight fluctuations.
So, I’m formulating atleast a 10 weeks plan here; and depending on how it goes (this is sort of an experiment) and whether or not I have to adjust it, I will decide what to do afterwads.
So being that I’m in a rather lean state at the moment I would of course like to stay like this. I look and feel great; even at only 190lbs I look much larger b/c my waist is that much smaller and everything else is more pronoucned. But based off of Shugs FFB handbook I think I want to enter a leaner state before I start a “bulk.” Though in this case it will not be a typical bulk; but I’ll get to that.
As Shugs stated when you lose weight your adipocyte cells shrink; but they do not lessen in number. Sadly though; as the fat cells become smaller they become more insulin sensitive by having an increased number of receptors on the surface of the cell (I think; I’d have to check my lecture notes to precisely verify this). This is not a good thing. Through all my years of going up and down (I’ve fluctuated 40lbs the last 2 years and generally around 20 in the years before that) I haven’t made a ton of progress.
Granted I do look better than my original “Softer Side” photos, and I credit much of the transition to CW’s programs, but I should be larger than I am based on how much I’ve read and how many years I’ve lifted.
So learning from my mistakes in the past I am going to focus on long-term cycles now.
My first week back in AZ I’m not doing anything note-worthy. I’m going to catch up my friends and enjoy myself. This will probably involve alcohol so it’s a hard foot to start off on. I’ll just mainly focus on calories this week and keep them in check.
Weeks 1 and 2 - Velocity Diet
Week 3 - 3200 kcals
Week 4 - 3300kcals
Week 5 - 3400 kcals
Week 6 - 3500 kcals
Week 7 - 3600 kcals
Week 8 - 3700 Kcals
Week 9 - 3800 Kcals
Week 10 - 3900 Kcals
Week 11 - 4000 Kcals
For these weeks I’ll be maintainig Berardi/Massive Eating Principles. I’ll do one cheat meal at Sweet Tomatoes per week. If I choose to party, aka be a college student I’ll just plan ahead and factor in the calories and for once just not obsess that OH MY GOD! My testosterone levels are plummeting! The world is ending and Scientologists will soon run T-Nation! AHHHH!
After this I’m going to evaluate myself. If I’m gaining too much fat at this point I’m going to reverse the cycle and add HOT-ROX in (with the 100 kcal/week drop).
If things are going well I might continue on this cycle; once again I need to evaluate it and see how it goes. I just know that when I bump my calories directly up to Massive Eating levels that I gain a significant amount of fat.
Further I’m going to perform more cardio and active activies than before. Probably some HIIT and some slow jogs b/c I love the way I feel now and I wish to stay this way. Biking back and forth to school (7 miles/day) has just not been enough.
Also I just might let Foopa loose once a week and chase her around Tempe as a substitute for CT’s Running Man. On the other hand…Nahhhhhh; she’s too fast.
You might be wondering why I’m choosing to do the VD upon returning. It’s a simple reason actually; I want to be really really ripped or lean to give myself more of a cushion (hahah the antithesis of being lean) in case I gain weight too rapidly. This way that even if I gain a little bit of fat I’ll still be in a state I’m happy to be in. It’s similar to the old Anabolic Diet; if your body fat went over 10% (no longer able to see your abs) go back to cutting.
Thus I want a larger margin of error. Instead of starting at 13-16 and bulking up to 20 or so I’ll start at 6-8 and not go above 10% or so.