Fat loss. He was thinking straight weight loss, then I brought up body fat percentages, etc and we changed it to body fat percentage using the navy tape measure test (not the most accurate, I know, but it's simple and something we can do on our own without outside assistance.
That's up to you, but personally, I've never done longer than 3 months for a loss program for myself or my athletic clients. It's just too much time wasted. You can get a LOT done in 3 months, with minimal strength loss. 5 months is a long time to be in a caloric deficit. How much do you have to lose, exactly?
Are you planning on doing more meets in the future?
Well, and I know this isn't the most 'PC' way of doing it, I wasn't going to worry to much about calories. Just keep eating clean, pretty much meat, leaves, and berries style, but throw in conditioning and lots of NEPA (both of which I've been neglecting recently), figuring that the heavy lifting + the conditioning work + the NEPA would spur enough of a body comp change that I wouldn't need to be in to much of a deficit. I know one is required, but was hoping to keep it from being very low (except maybe for little bursts where I drop down lower).
Yeah, but only once a year. Twice at most. It's pretty much just something I want to do for fun and a challenge on occasion. My two main goals are improving my health/avoiding the health problems my family has (diabetes, heart disease, high cholesterol joint problems, etc) and looking good nekkid. As far as sport goes, I don't want to focus to heavily on just powerlifting because it's not all I like to do. I snowboard in the winter. And when I can, I like to kayak and play tennis. And I want the versatility to be able to play a random basketball game or something with buddies.