[quote]Big Al 1983 wrote:
In terms of what I ate before a typical day would be as follows:
Breakfast 7am 2 bacon, 2 sausage, 3 eggs and 2 slices of toast (1500kcal 88g fat, 103g carbs 61 g protein)
Mid morning protein shake (50 g carbs, 42g protein 500 KCals)
Post training lunch large burger with cheese and bacon, fries 2 pints of milk (2725kcal, 290g fat, 250g carbs, 140g protein)
Mid afternoon protein shake (50 g carbs, 42g protein 500 KCals)
Dinner large steak with veg and potatoes (1000kcal, 20g fat, 200g carbs, 35g protein)
Pre bed 2 pints milk, yoghurt and granola (1800kcal, 50g carbs, 100g fat, 40g protein)
I have never done this before and I see the problem!!! Too much fat, carbs and calories by a long way! What would be the best thing to do here just drastically reduce the fat and carbs keep protein where it is? Get calories down to 3500? This is what you get from reading starting strength lol
Thanks for outlining this! That’s very helpful.
If you’re currently eating 8000 calories a day to maintain your weight, dropping to 3500 calories immediately is absolutely the wrong approach. And I wouldn’t remove much protein from your diet.
I would simply cut the pre-bed meal. That will drop you to between 75 and 80% of your current maintenance calorie level. If you’re truly eating 8000 calories everyday, see how far you can get by dropping to 6000. You should be able to maintain strength levels, and see bodyfat drop substantially if you’re consistent with it. If you see your scale weight level off for a week or 2, you can adjust your calories from there.
The post-training meal would be the next meal I would overhaul, but I would wait on that until the first approach stops working. But when that happens, I would reduce the fat in that meal substantially. Like basically to zero. Change it to either chicken and rice, or some kind of shake like Plazma. If you can’t get Plazma, try to get a similar protein to carb ratio as Plazma, or Surge Recovery. Basically 2:1 carbs to protein. This will give your dieting a huge boost, and take you very close to where you want to be, I believe.
Cheers, hope you keep posting.