Should I lose more weight?
10-27-2010 02:18 AM
Well since someone bumped it I'll add my comments too. You were not 12% in those pics.
I'd say 10% is very accurate. 10% bf does not get ride of the stuborn fat areas. Yeah you could lose a few more lbs to look real lean but it's not worth it since you risk losing more muscle at those levels And yourhormones are not ideal for bulking when you go sub 10s. Start bulking up to 15% than cut back down and repeat till you got the size you want than go to 8% and maintain from there.
10-27-2010 01:45 PM
I say you are dam small enough already, time to grow!
Eat as clean as possible and start pushing the big weights and let yourself put on another 20lbs over say a year, then when you trim down the fat you will be one lean mean sob!
You hardly have any fat as it is right now, you are lean enough. If you go dieting more you will just burn off what mass you do have then take even longer to get where you want to be.
I wouldn't go letting myself get up to 15% bf as stated in the post above. You don't want to be in the old cycle that I was where all you gain is fat then you diet it off and end up where you began. Take it from someone who has been there done that!
Keep yourself lean, take your time, be sure that you are progressing every week in the gym (1 more rep or 1 more lb, be progressive!). If you are starting to get a little be soft throw in some cardio for a few days (15 mins tops, HIGH INTENSITY) and be back on your path.
I noticed you didn't mention anything in your top post about your legs strength. Don't be like everyone else and neglect the legs, especially if you are wanting to grow! Doing heavy squats will naturally cause your body to produce more Testosterone and release more Growth Hormone as you sleep.
10-27-2010 05:48 PM
Its really up to you. Your lean enough show the ladies your abs, and you muscular enough for health purposes. What you do after that is your decision. A site called Anabolicminds will tell you to go to one extreme or the other, but it's your life. You could even just maintain if that's what you wanna do. Do what your heart tells you.
10-30-2010 10:47 PM
Thanks for the further comments guys :-)
I was prudent enough to take measurements of my chest, biceps, triceps, forearms and waist about 10 weeks ago, and I'm proud to report that NO muscle group has decreased in circumference, despite the 12 kilo (26,5 lbs) loss, except of course for my waist, which is is a full two inches narrower.
In fact, my chest and triceps have grown a tad as well.
The last 3 weeks I've been going all out in the gym. As heavy weights as I can hope to lift, EVERY SET to failure, going for at least 4-6 reps each set. This has however upset my weekly routine, as I'm finding my recuperation taking longer and as a result, I can't yet fit my routine in a single week.
I used to do back and shoulders on Mondays, chest and traps on Wednesdays and biceps and triceps on Fridays (abs each time). Now, if I do back/shoulders on Monday, I'm still too sore to go back on Wednesday, so I end up going either Thursday or even Friday and then Sunday for the my arms, which in turn makes my re-start the cycle mid-week rather than on a Monday.
The result; I'm ALWAYS HUNGRY! I'm eating 8-10 times A DAY!
I have 7-8 solid meals plus 2 protein shakes. 5 meals of chicken breast with yogurt and lettuce/cabbage wrapped in a wheat tortilla, 2-3 oat protein bars and the protein shakes.
I'm eating every two hours and I never feel full. The good news is that this have been going of for a bout 3 weeks now, and I've only put on about 4,5 lbs, which given the water I must be retaining with all these carbs I'm taking, gives me reason to believe my metabolism is handling it well.
I want to keep this going till March-April (a full 6 months) and see where I am there. If I need to, I can always trim down 5-10lbs to get a leaner look.
10-31-2010 12:44 AM
Try not to push to much volume in your workout, keep it short and simple, major moves only (squat, bench, pull ups, t bar row, etc)
Also be sure to get ample amounts of rest, try as hard as you can to be lazy throughout the day, take naps, etc. Without this rest you will not be able to grow as fast as possible. Also if you are hungry all the time that is very good, feed the beast! Remember though, if you have a Dodge Viper, you don't go putting 83 octane in it. Use the good stuff in your high performance car and the good diet for a high performance body! Clean wholesome foods is the way to go man.
Keep it up man!
10-31-2010 01:04 AM
Speaking of being lazy, should I cut out my 30 minute cardio at the end of each session? I walk at 6,5km/ph at 15% incline. It's not strenuous, just boring. I don't want it to keep me from making all the gains I can.
10-31-2010 10:20 AM
I'd say pay attention to yourself on a daily basis. If you are starting to fall out of the lean you want to maintain toss it in, but just long enough to get yourself back to as lean as you want.
For me I watch my lower abb veins/delt veins. As soon as they start to glaze over I toss my cardio back in. It usually only takes a couple of days and I am back as lean as I want. Cardio for me is 6mph jog at 10degree incline for 10 minutes. I am at a point now that I really only do cardio about 4 times in 2 weeks.
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