Thanks! Well I got that lean for my photo shoot. For which I was not using a keto diet. It was a traditional “low calories, plenty of cardio and suffer” approach! I was able to sustain it because I had a goal in mind. I didn’t lose muscle but my strength went down and also I kinda lost my passion for experimentation.
I’m a type 2A. The key word for a type 2A is “variety” and the sentence that best describes them is “everything works, but nothing works for long”. When I diet down hard OR when I’m under stress my profile devolves to a type 2B (stress makes your profile move to the right). So when I’m dieting hard I take on 2B properties. The key word for 2Bs is “sensation” and the sentence that describes their training is “they get stronger by gaining muscle”. What this means is they are are designed to be mind-muscle connection work.
So when I diet down I switch from wanting to try everything and change my program every week to doing pretty much the same thing over and over, sticking to pump work.
But the longer you stay away from your natural profile the worse you feel.
My goal now is to stay as lean as I was for the shoot while feeling good again and being able to perform.
The approach I started using was doing the same thing I did for my prep BUT having a cheat day (anything goes) on Wednesdays and a clean high carb day on saturday.
Basically my week looked like:
Sunday: 50g carbs
Mon: 100-125g carbs
Tues: 50-75g carbs
Wed: Cheat day
Thu: 100-125g carbs
Fri: 50-75g carbs
Sat: 250-300g carbs
*Note that this wasn’t keto because my fats were low and protein fairly high.
It worked pretty well BUT I messed things up when my seminars started again. See I took 2 months off of giving seminars to prep in an optimal situation.
Now from September to November I have 6 seminars, 4 of them being far away (Poland, Bahrain, Germany, France). And the traveling and seminar mess up my eating schedule.
Anyway when I got back from Bahrain I decided to experiment with keto dieting, which is what I’m doing right now. Still working the kinks out… because that first week felt really bad. Dropped from 211 to 195 in 4 days! Sure a lot of that was water loss but I felt weak and had no desire to train. But that’s because my overall intake was too low. Hopefully next week will be better.
As for the gaunt face… I always had a small face/head. When I get lean it is even more noticeable.