First a little about me. I'm 22, 6'2, 216 lbs, 18-21% BF, and a naturally big guy. Obviously the goal here is to drop BF and transition into a healthier lifestyle.
So I've lurked here for ages and tried a few different workouts/diets and I've got a pretty good understanding of the fundamentals. My problem, like many others, is that I tend to fall off the wagon after a few weeks. With my most recent program, I've finally been able to stick with it and most importantly been able to get right back in the gym after any slip-ups instead of becoming discouraged.
Here is a quick breakdown of my training schedule, based off Waterbury's Big Boy Basics with most exercises consisting of compound lifts
M: Upper body- Chest, Rows, Pulldowns, Presses 3x8 60 sec rest. 30 min low-moderate cardio
T: Lower body- Squat variation, Core work, Deadlift variation, Core work, Calf variation all 8x3 w/ 90s for squat/deads and 60 secs rest for others. 30 min low-moderate cardio
T: Upper body- Chest, Back variation, and two arm iso lifts 8x3 90/60 rest as above. Cardio also repeated
F: Lower body- Identical to Tues except 3x8 w/60 sec rest
Loads increased every two weeks and lifts are rotated every month.
As of the beginning of the fourth week, I've dropped around 8 lbs and almost two inches off my chest and waist. I understand that in my case a circuit program might work well but it'd be very hard in the gym I go to.
Now my major issue has been nutrition. I'm in college and have a loaded schedule so convenience/cheapness is key here. I have little time for food prep/cooking. Based off my reading on here, I've been trying to follow a low-carb/high protein plan with one or two cheat meals a week and have experienced moderate success. My staples have been chicken and broccoli dinners and low carb lunchmeat wraps but I need some alternatives. I also seriously need to figure out some options for breakfast because I can only eat eggs/veggies/lunch meat for so long and usually end up eating something small or nothing at all.
I understand that my progress will eventually plateau and I'll need to start tracking macros and become stricter in general with nutrition if I want to continue to see results. What I was hoping for by posting this is just some validation from experienced guys that there aren't any major holes in my program. Any eating tips from other college kids/busy people would also be very helpful!