I just started a new nutrition and training regimen and I wanted to get some input. I'll give you some background first.
In the last two years I've lost 120 pounds. Prior to that I was never very active. I lost the weight primarily by bicycling and by restricting caloric intake to about 1200 calories per day. That got me from 298 to 180. About a year ago I started some Waterbury programs and saw some fat loss and muscle gain so I currently sit at 188 pounds. My diet has changed and I hadn't been very restrictive on foods or alcohol. And you know what drinking alcohol does, it leads to late night pizza eating.
I have some muscle tone now whereas I had none before and I've seen increases in the loads I am able to lift. However I still have some fat specifically in the love handle region that I would love to get rid of. I don't want to be a body builder. I want to be strong, and cut. I want to have functional strength and not focus on isolation movements.
I just picked up a copy of Built For Show and I am going to follow that but I am considering a few modifications. First, I am considering doing four workout a week instead of three. Mon, Tues and Thurs, Fri as upper/lower splits. Then I want to add in two cardio days with about 20 minutes each of rowing and stairmaster. What are your thoughts on that idea?
For my nutrition I intend to eat six times per day. Total calorie consumption of around 1800 per day. Sometimes it might be a little more or less and I will likely have a cheat meal once or twice a week but will try to keep that under control. I will limit alcohol consumption to a maximum of 5 drinks but hopefully less.
1: 1/2 cup yogurt w/ 1/2 cup rolled oats and one hard boiled egg.
2: Apple and a hard boiled egg.
3: 3-4 cups salad greens, carrots, lean meat like chicken or fish.
4: 1/2 cup cashew/almond/peanut mix
5: Post workout shake on workout days or banana and string cheese
6: lean meat like chicken or fish and mixed vegetables.
That's my plan. Do you think I can accomplish my goals on this plan? What would you change?