Tomorrow I am starting back to classes and I’ve got a question about my diet. I’ll give as much backround as possible.
I am 20 years old, about 212 pounds, something like 18% BF, and just recently got on a strict program. Basically my goals are to get stronger and lose BF, but I’m wanting to stay at about this weight. Lose all this BF, but not lose much muscle.
I understand that this will take a while, different than bulking and cutting drastically, I’m okay with that, that’s more of the plan.
On this program I go from two weeks of eating 5 meals/day to two weeks of 6 meals/day, and also every two weeks my workouts change a little bit.
I get up at 5:30 six days/week and run 1 mile four days a week, 2-4 miles 2 days a week, and Mon., Tues., Thurs., and Fri. I go to the gym right after my run to do my worout. Wednesday and Saturday I stay home and work abs. Sunday is off.
Right after my workouts I have a protein isolate shake, creatine, and oatmeal. At 10:30, I have another shake and some unsalted nuts or peanut butter. 1:30 I have my lunch of usually chicken breast, raw vegetables, and brown rice or something. 3:30 is another shake. 6:30 is another solid meal of chicken/tuna, vegetables, little bit of starchy carbs. And for these weeks that I have an 8:30 meal I was planning on having another shake and maybe a salad rather than another full solid meal.
And finaly, after saying all of that crap, I can get to the real issue (sorry if I beat around the bush too much)…I work full time 8-5, and starting tomorrow I have classes tues.-thurs. 5:30-8:30, right around the time I’m supposed to have my last two meals of the day.
What I’m wondering is can I substitute more shakes in for those two meals or am I just taking in too many shakes a day that way?
I’ve read about the V-Diet, and while this is different than that, I’m wondering if having so many liquid meals a day for several months could affect my strength and recovery. Though keep in mind in two weeks I’ll be getting rid of that 8:30 meal for another two weeks.