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I started taking LFE on 6/17 dosing at 2 caps ED. 6/17 was the start of week four of PCT from a five week h-drol cycle. If interested you can read up on my cycle and PCT at the link in my signature.
One of the benefits of doing this log now is that I've been logging for the last eight weeks so I've got a lot of pre-LFE data to use as a baseline.
6/17 is also the day I returned from a week-long vacation. While on vacation I did a pretty decent job of keeping my diet in check (thank you fitday.com) and did the best I could with the menial gym my hotel had. I don't feel like I've got to from the vacation and in fact feel like the time away was very beneficial.
My goal for LFE is of course to cut, but to do so with minimal loss of LBM.
My maintenance requirement is about 2,500 calories. I will be eating close to maintenance so that I can preserve LBM. My macros are very balanced; P,F,C will be 30-40% each on most days. I shoot for 40% protein but it doesn't always work out that way.
I've always lifted three days a week. However, during my cycle and PCT I was lifting 4-5 days a week and I think I pushed myself to the point of being mildly over trained. I am going to dial the lifting back down to three times a week and get my cardio back to normal. I had some mild knee soreness followed by back/sciatica pain for the last several weeks which hampered my cardio. I finally feel close to 100% so I'll be able to get cardio back on track which will help with the cut. I generally do HIIT runs when doing cardio. My lifting is based on New Rules of Lifting so my routines almost exclusively made up of compound movements with varied sets/reps each day.
I took before pictures the morning of Day 2 and will post them as soon as I get a chance, I'm still catching up from being on vacation. I plan to post progress pics about once every one or two weeks.
I can report that in the three days I've been taking LFE I have not noticed much of anything. But if I had noticed something so soon you'd have to chalk it up to placebo. I'm psychologically resistant to stimulants so even though I'm taking (don't laugh) on lifting days and DTHC I've not noticed jitters, increased energy or other side effects from the stims in LFE.
I'm debating upping my dose to 3-4 caps ED. Not sure if I'll see better results with 2 caps ED on a longer cycle or with 3-4 caps ED and a shorter cycle. Anyone have input on this?
Day 1 was a travel day so I spent most of it on my butt and not doing much.
Day 2 was a lifting day. I did squats, tris, calves and abs. Plus running 11:00 and eliptical 18:00.
Day 3 was a lifting day. I did chest, back and abs. Plus Running 11:00 and eliptical 12:00.
Other relevant supplements I'm taking:
DTHC: ~5 more days
AI : ~4 more days
: ~18 more days
AI PCS: ~18 more days
: ~18 more days
NO-Xplode: 18 days or until I run out
Here's to a successful log and cycle!