@ CT and Stu
Wow, thanks, that means a lot coming from you guys as I admire you both.
Thanks! It was a lot of hard work, but worth it.
Started water/sodium loading yesterday and I pooped a lot, seemed like a sort of cleansing side effect of all the water/sodium. First depletion workout is today.
@ Mighty Stu
Thanks Stu! I am 5 foot 10 inches, If someone would have told me that I could be 170 and look like this, I would have said they were crazy one year ago. Well, I have definitely learned not to put my value in scale weight.
Yeah, definitely no gimmicks, I consistently try to implement the ideas discussed on CTs forum and in the training lab.
I really cannot over emphasize this, but there is NO WAY I would look like this without information from this site.
I have good internal motivation and I am a hard worker. I have a nice gym set up and I work out consistently. However, all of that left me looking like I did in the fatty before pictures. Once I really began to apply the knowledge I had from discussing ideas on this site, my training and diet were taken up to the next level.
Started my diet around 3200 calories per day, 100g fat, 225g protein, 350g carbs (not including para-workout nutrition). Ended up at 1800 calories per day (after over 5 months), 80g fat, 190g protein (the protein loss was not planned, lost lots of incidental protein as a result of lowering calories/carbs), 80g carbs, again this does not include paraworkout.
Keep in mind, I was only at the 1800 level for the last few weeks, just wanted to finish off the diet and take it up a notch. Factoring out this last few weeks of extreme dieting, when you include my paraworkout nutrition, I was still taking in about 200g carbs and getting lean! That was definitely due to the double sessions.
Carbs came from oats/rice/potatoes, Protein from whole eggs, beef, chicken and salmon, Fat from fish oil, whole eggs, almonds and peanuts (and of course some butter and oil in some meals). Basic, healthy food choices.
Tried to keep the scale moving slowly (hence, the 6 month diet!), I shot for 1 pound per week because I did not want to lose muscle. If I stalled, I first tried to add a bit of cardio (think G-flux) before cutting calories or carbs.
However, once I began implementing double sessions, I removed all cardio because it was unncessary, I was getting high G-flux because I was working out twice per day. Once I was doing double sessions, basically just adjusted carbs down slightly to keep the scale moving if I stalled. Although, I will say, there was about 2 weeks where the scale did not move, but I definitely got leaner and it was due to the double sessions. I was not even stressing the scale because I could feel myself getting leaner and more vascular.
I did not mention it in the original post, but I also learned valuable information diet-wise from this site. For example, I was a post workout nutrition guy until reading about taking in your nutrients before and during. Tried that and it worked great. While I do not have the money to do the ANACONDA Protocol, I do my best to mimic the macronutrient breakdown and timing.