I started off in the middle of January at 171lbs and 17% body fat. I hadn't trained in almost two years and from the stress of working nights and going to school during the day was in pretty bad shape..... a sad sort of skinny fat.
My plan was to gain for 15 weeks to try and put on a little more mass before I cut down for the summer. At my weigh in and bod-pod session yesterday I was 208lbs and 21.5% body fat. So I made decent muscle gains, and managed to hit a few new personal bests, but also gained a bit more fat than I had wanted.
Now its cutting time. The plan is to do three full-body style workouts with HIIT on alternating days with one day of rest. Calorie wise Im just shy of 5000 on workout days and about 4500 on off days...Ill be slowly trimming 500cal every two weeks until I see weight loss...
once I plateau Ill start trimming again. Ill use an ECA stack to hopefully keep me from stagnating to badly or loosing much muscle.
Ive only ever really tried to cut once before, and it ended with me being admittedly much leaner... but unfortunately I had lost almost all the muscle I had earned from my gaining cycle. Does anyone see any problems or red flags in this plan?
Suggestions? Questions? From what I have read, so long as I stick to it and keep my head... this tactic should work just fine. Also, does anyone know about how long it takes for your nervous/endocrine system to recover from ECA?
I have never used the ECA stack before and want to double check before I start to cycle it. The consensus from what I have read is two weeks on, one/two weeks off... but for most of the posts I have read, the two weeks off are spent with another stim(clenbuturol)... doesn't that defeat the purpose of cycling?
I am currently planning on not doing so... but should I be taking something during that two week down time?
Any help or comments are greatly appreciated. Thanks