Thanks, everyone, for the responses so far!
I have experimented with different calorie ranges before, and I have lost weight with anywhere from 1,800-3,000 calories a day depending on how much and what kind of exercises I was doing. For my purposes here though, what do you think would be a good starting point?
As some of you have mentioned, I have felt tired and worn down when going low carb before, but that usually gets better after the first week.
I agree. It would certainly be awesome to have a ripped six pack by that time, but it is not my primary goal right now. My main reason for wanting to lose the fat is to improve my performance and make sure that I can make it through a 2 1/2 hr. run successfully.
As for the workouts, I am shooting for five a week. Sometimes I get them in, sometimes I get three or four. I can occasionally stuff in two in one day, but that will just happen where it can.
Regarding the burnout, I’ve been able to successfully make it happen over a short period of time like I am doing here. That’s part of why I’m seeking the nutrition advice. I want my body to be able to keep up.
I read the Green Face article you posted. Any particular recommendation for a starting place calorie-wise? I understand the concept, but when it comes to things like the eggs, how many should I be eating?
Ok. Few things here. So cutting is different than conditioning for a 2 1/2 hour run. If you want to be able to make it through a long run then you should train to improve performance and not physique. With intelligent performance-based training the physique should take care of itself. I would start by repeating a similar post over in the conditioning forum.
Also, you don’t sound dedicated enough to drop the amount of fat you’re looking for. The bit about “fitting workouts in” is not going to cut it (no pun). You need consistency in the kitchen and in the weight room. Moving a workout from the morning to the evening, or back a day is one thing, but jumping from 3x/week to 5x/week from once/day to twice/day is not giving your body any chance to adjust, which is much needed if you intend to progress.
It would help if you gave us a breakdown of your weekly training as well as your daily meal plan.