Hey everyone, first post here, have been lurking for quite some time however. Question. I'm turning 37 in July and want to be in my best shape ever. I'm basically a tall skinny guy that's added some muscle consistantly since I was 19. When I was 18 I was 6'2 and weighed 160 lbs. (Yeah, that skinny.) Current stats are:
Body fat (20%, a bit of a guess here)
etc... (won't bore you with the rest).
Cleary I'm carrying too much fat based on my 39 inch waist. My goal is to be just under 200 lbs, possibly even 195 by my B-day with all the lost weight having been fat. I know what to do, diet-wise, subscribe to 3 different BB mags and even built a home gym in my garage. I'm doing heavy compound movements, perfect form, weight enough for 8-10 reps.
What I'm struggling with here (per my body fat reading) is sticking to a clean diet. It weird I can lift 2X a day and do cardio, no problem, even when it's 110 my my garage. (I live in PHX AZ.) However when it comes to diet, even though I know exactly what I need to eat, I make great progress for a few days, then basically fall off the wagon.
For those of you that have dropped some substantial weight (fat hopefully) while kept your muscle mass, how did you stick with your diet consistantly. Did you do visualizations, flashcards, some type of reward system? What techniques did you do? I have the mental discipline, certainly when it comes to lifting but I can't quite stick with it when it comes to a super clean diet, especially when I need to create a caloic deficit of about 300 calories daily.
If I can just stick with what I know is a clean diet, I can achieve my physical goals by my B-Day.
Completely open to advice here and thanks in advance.