To Wonder Woman:
I find that just adding HIIT leans me out quickly, too. I may be hitting a plateau, so I’ll take your advice (& Joel’s advice) & add some cardio sessions.
I’ll try to add some cardio (did 30 minutes yesterday). Time is the big factor during this time of year. Using all-out cheats (8 hours). Did “Steroid Dieting” (mostly just protein shakes, no cheating) for about 1.5 weeks, then switched to Cheater’s diet once I got down to 10%. Had only one cheat session so far, but I think I went too far (probably took in 6000+ calories over 8 hour period, banana, cereal, soda, cookies, ice cream, breadsticks, and even some pizza). Was mostly carbs, but obviously a good amt of protein and fat, too. Besides the sodium bloat, don’t feel like it did too much damage, although I don’t think I’m leaner (only been 3 days though). Only one more week of being “on”, then switch to “off” cycle. Plan to just go on a Mag-10 bulking cycle after that, as getting to 6-7% was just a long-term goal. Happy with the results I’ve had now: visible 6-pack & should be below 10% at the end of “off” cycle. Thanks Joel for your forum posts and articles.
To Boxer Al:
Did Steroid Dieting for about 1.5 weeks (mostly just protein shakes + fish oil). No cheating, and only a few lo-carb protein bars mixed in. Started having salad (w/vinegar) and tuna as lunch after one week of just shakes (having real food helps temporarily with the hunger). Protein was ~230g, Carbs ~50g, Fat ~30g (mostly fish oil). About 1400 kcals total. Some days I went a little lower. I was starving all the time, too – but you just deal with it. Comes with the territory when it comes to cutting. I can be very strict when I set my mind to it, so cheating was non-existent. Recommend you take fiber while dieting. Eat vegetables when hungry. Keep bags of salad & broccoli on hand. Steroid dieting is tough, but results come quickly. How long you planning to do this for?