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Starting a Diet


#1

I’ve been on TRT + HCG for just over two months now. Here are some stat changes:

TT - 340 now 1040
FT - 11 now 29
E2 - 9 now 16
Skeletal muscle - 79 lb now 85 (5x5 workout every 3 days)
Body fat 26% now 26% (no change in waist size, which is 33 in)
Weight now 200lb

Completely happy with the mental and physical changes thus far, but I want to start a diet now to get to about 18% body fat. The HCG seems to have the effect that I don’t really mind not eating much at all, so I’m interested in a crash-ish diet, and I’m wondering if there are any optimal strategies for that. I really hate the idea of counting calories, but don’t mind skipping meals. If I normally eat 3 meals and just started eating 1 + a few eggs for breakfast and a multivitamin would that be too drastic? Anyone tried something like this, have advice?


#2

Eating eggs for breakfast drastic? Huh?!

Have you ever tried reading some of the hundreds of nutrition articles on here?


#3

I think he saying, if he goes from 3 meals to 1 meal, plus a few eggs in the morning. In other words, starving himself.

OP, no that will not work.

What does a typical day of eating look like? Include everything you consume and amounts.


#4

Well, typically I eat 3 meals, all of them pretty large, and drink 1 or two beers, I don’t drink anything else with calories, and mostly avoid snacking. Obviously I’m eating a little more than I need, since I’m putting on weight, even if I’m not unhappy with the composition of that weight. So if I cut out the beer and only had a small breakfast, I’d probably just stay the same weight… is what I figured. Any diet is technically starving yourself, I thought it was somehow much better to get 1300 calories than it is to get 800, but I don’t know if it’s supposed to be any better to get 1700 instead of 1300 … and only having a few hundred calories of wiggle room sounds stressful to me.

I went and checked a calculator, it says I should burn about 3200 calories a day, and since I put on about 18000 calories over the last 60 days, I must be taking in about 300 extra calories a day. So 300 less calories from beer and 200 from having a smaller breakfast would amount to losing 2 pounds a month, which is not exactly thrilling. Especially if I have a snack at some point. Surely I can afford to cut more than that…


#5

I really think you need to just read and apply basic nutrition information judging from this post.

And no, not every diet is a starvation diet.