First off congrats on the weight loss.
Second Pottassium supplement is GREAT for loose skin apparently so Gironda says. [/quote]
Nice, I’ll give this a try. I’ve been using Cocoa Butter after my evening showers, but I tend to slack on it considering I have to rub that shit all over my legs, stomach, pecs, back, traps, etc. It gets annoying - definitely. Thanks for the heads up, though.
[quote]Thirdly, why cant you increase your lifts while in a deficit ??
I mean if you want to use the outdated calorie use theres only an 800 difference or something ?? So i dont see why you cant add strength…
Are you sure there is not something your leaving out ? Are you telling me/T-Nation you have not added strength for 2 YEARS ??
And have been cutting THAT long ??[/quote]
To avoid a huge post, I basically lost weight slowly for the first 5-6 months on my diet, only around 30 lbs, and then lost about 70-80 lbs in the following months of '07. I was only taking in around 1,200-1,500 calories a day during this. I then went on a ‘mini-bulk,’ eating around 3,000 a day. That wasn’t enough to gain muscle for me, and all I really did was stay in limbo, so the last few months I’ve lost around an additional 30-35 lbs or so. All the time, eating 2,000 calories or less.
That’s pretty much why my lifts have barely moved, really.
[quote]As for your metabalism, again im really confused wtf are you eating lol ? To spend 2 years with those lift numbers i would have taken up chess or something… it MUST be your nutrition thats screwing you over, any hope of seeing what your plan used to be ?
Look im not attempting to call bullshit or anything, but this story is blowing my mind to be honest.
You have spent 2 years with no strength gain, 2 years cutting which i cant imagine and you are still somewhat “chunky”
Again, im not looking to rag on you… i dont mind an iota helping people but this story is just weird no 2 ways.
if your not to pissed at me, can you post what your nutrition looked like for the 2 years and what training program because it must be atrocious… just because your ina defecit DOES NOT mean you lose strength…
Again, my nutrition was extremely piss-poor. My huge weight loss occured as I was only just starting to find T-Nation and its articles, so I had a pretty bad misconception of how important dieting was. This was around my Muscle & Fitness days.
300, I think you may be missing the fact that they guy lost 130-140lbs over 2 years. Taking that long to cut that much weight is not unreasonable. And if he is losing that much mass, it is not surprising that he is generating less force in his lifts.
OP, I agree with most of the people posting here. A ‘bulk’ will do you good. And you may be surprised by how adding some muscle mass will ultimately help your metabolism and get you leaner in the long run.
Being a former “chunky” guy myself, I would advise against an all out bulk as some have suggested. I see no benefit in you gaining back 50lbs only to have 30lbs of it be fat. I’d suggest increasing a couple of hundred calories a day and go from there. You are not one of these naturally skinny kids who has a hard time putting on weight, so I don’t know why you would follow an ‘eat at all costs’ approach. You can put on weight easily, make it the right kind of weight. Especially since you are not at low bf% right now. That’s my thought. All basic stuff we’ve heard before.[/quote]
Yeah… like I said before, 3,000-3,400 calories a day just didn’t cut it for me, so I’m bumping it up to a traditional 4,000-5,000. I’m trying to keep it ‘quality’ calories if I can avoid it, though… eggs, nuts, protein shakes, meats, whole grains, cheeses, etc. I definitely didn’t feel bad last night when I made myself a pizza topped with a shit load of pepperoni and chicken, though.
I’ll see how this many calories affects my body, and adjust from there.
Again, I really do appreciate all the comments and congrats.