First off, thank you for reading through this and any help you can provide.
My main question is advice on transitioning off a large caloric deficit. Below are details.
This summer I left my car keys at home and started riding my bike to work, it's faster and let's be burn extra calories daily.
I've seen some considerable physique improvements over the last 3 month, a lose of about 12 pounds of fat and i've seen some recogization muscle/strength increase.
My major concern is the upcoming off-season (biking). Without that large caloric deficit biking has created I really don't know how to ensure I do not start gaining fat.
My Current Program:
I weight 175lb and i'm at 5'8". I'm about 11-12% bf atm, will be at roughly 10% when winter hits.
My diet is pretty good already, not being super strict but avoiding the baddies. It resembles:
Mon-Fri: Carbs: 100-120g, Protein: 250-300g, Fat: unsure, but nothing above 50g.
Sat-Sun: Carbs:200-400g, Protein: 200g, Fat: unsure, but under 60g.
I lift 3 times a week (arms, chest, shoulders, back) and my legs get a pretty good workout from biking + single leg squats.
I burn about 1000-1100 calories a 5 days a week from biking. (I bike 2X a day, 5X a week for about 40 minutes at 25km/h)
As you can see, biking has created a large caloric deficit, so large I'm surprised I'm not losing more weight than I am. So without it I'm concerned I'll start gaining more.
My diet is not strict, but I am hoping I will not have to restrict it much more than I am currently.
Do you think my metabolism is lower? I try to double my carbs on the weekend to help hormones and because I lift larger body parts.
I've starting taking fish oils, fiber, cla as of last week and always been taking protein+vitamins.
Thanks for any advice!
Any suggestions of