Age - 21
Height - 5,10"
Weight - 252lbs
Bodyfat - Around 18-20%
Experience - 6 Years
AAS Use - Did one cycle of Test-E & Nolva a few months back
Medical Conditions - Insulin Dependent Diabetic
To get down to around 13% bodyfat or at least down to a bodyfat where my stomach is "flat" as opposed to sticking out. I'm not even bothered about seeing my abs, I just want my stomach to be flat/not have a gut anymore.
I want to be able to walk around without my top on without feeling embarassed, because at the moment I'm extremely shy about going to the beach, going swimming, or even walking around the house without a top on etc. I'd also like to keep as much muscle as I possibly can whilst reducing bodyfat.
I am going to be starting my cut tomorrow, and was thinking of reducing my carbs each meal by around half & replacing them with a lot of vegetables instead. Is this a decent approach to get started?
Do I need to measure/weigh everything out at the start, or can my goals be achieved from just reducing the amount of calories I've been taking in whilst keeping protein high?
I was going to start a 5x5 program training 3x per week in order to keep as much strength as I can whilst on the cut, so that my motivation stats as high as possible. What do you think about this?
I was thinking of doing HIIT as cardio in order to keep muscle loss/breakdown at a minimum & to help with the fat loss. I'm just not sure WHEN to do it. Would doing it for 15-20 mins straight after a workout be optimal?
I hear this is a good time because your glycogen stores have been used up during the weight lifting session, therefore the cardio will be using fat as energy as opposed to the carbs stored in your body. Although, this is just what I've heard.
- How long would you say I'd need to cut for in order to drop down from 20%-13% whilst preserving as much muscle as possible? I figured 13% was the around the right percentage where I'd have a flat stomach but if I'm wrong, please let me know, thanks.
I can easily do the eating less etc but my biggest concern BY FAR is the fact that I may lose a lot of my hard earned muscle during my cut. This is what has prevented me from cutting in the past, and made me go back to just "clean bulking" again.
I've seen numerous cases where people have begun a cutting cycle only to get a few months down the line with a hell of a lot of muscle as well as fat lost, which is NOT what I'm aiming for. I have purchased a Thermogenic supplement & some EFA's in order to aid my fat loss, and I have also bought some Creatine to help preserve muscle mass whilst on the cut.
What else should I be doing in order to make sure I preserve as much muscle as possible whilst losing fat at the same time?
Thanks a lot in advance, I really appreciate any help.