Help me critique my cutting diet/workout now!!
02-22-2012 04:03 PM
Help me critique my cutting diet/workout now!!
Ok, so basically here's the situation. I'm 6'2 sitting at 200 pounds. Probably sitting at around 21% body fat. I'm very busy right now, between working a full time job, going to school full time, going to the gym, and having time for my other half as well. So my diet is relatively based upon a few solid meals and the rest shakes. My goal is to cut as much bf % without losing much strength or muscle mass. This is my current day to day diet with a cheat meal or two possible during the weekend.
Meal 1 shake
Meal 2 8 oz chicken breast with a aMerican slice cheese
Meal 3 shake
Meal 4 either 8oz lean ground beef or 8oz chicken breast with 1 slice of American cheese
Post workout(5) shake
Meal 6 8oz of more chicken no cheese
Total 1880 cal 74 carb 38 fat 268 protein
I'm not sure where I should go from here with my diet. Any help would be nice. And like I said I don't mind eating the same thing day in and day out and shakes are convenient for time reasons. So I would like to stay to a simple format such as this.
I workout 4 times a week and do cardio mainly after my workouts and sometimes some fasted cardio, but with my calories being so low, I didn't figure I would need as much intense cardio. I may be wrong?
Bench press 210x10 220x8 225x8 235x6
Incline bench 165x8 180x8 195x6
Decline bench 205x8 215x7 225x5
Db flys 40x10 40x10
Db pullover 75x8 75x8
Cable Tricep extension 120x10 130x8 140x8 150x6 drop set 70x12
12 18 18 to failure
Superset db tricep to the chest and shoulder 25x8 25x8 25x8
Abs and bike for 20 min moderately
Chin up 2x8
Db row 80x8 90x8 100x8
Seated row 160x8 170x8
Standing barbell row 155x8 165x8
Lat pulldown 140x10 150x10 160x8
Standing barbell curl 80x8 95x7 100x6
Close grip preacher curl 60x8 70x8 70x6
Incline curl 25x10 20x12
One arm machine Concentration curl 40x10 50x10 assisted drop set to 20x 12 each arm hammer curl
Abs and run 1 mile
Machine shoulder press 150x10 160x10 170x10
Db reverse fly 30x10 40x10 45x10
Seated Military press 115x10 125x10 135x10 145x8
Db lat raise 20x10 25x10
Superset upright row and db shrugs 70 n 90x10 80 n 100x10
Standing barbell wrist curls 10 and 5x10, 2 10sx 10, 2 10s n 5x10, 30x10
Wrist twists 20x12 25x12 30x12 35x12 40x10
Abs and run 1 mile
Barbell Squat 225x10 245x8 255x8 265x6 275x4
Leg extension machine 140x12 150x12 150x12
Leg curl machine 140x12 160x12 180x12
Standing calf raise+calf block 225x12 245x12 265x12
Seated calf raise machinne 45+25x12 , 45+10x12, 45+2x25x12,
abs and stair master for 15 min for moderate pace.
In my workouts the compound lifts usually have 4 sets suggested in a 10 8 8 6 fashion. The way I have interpreted this was to start with a weight that was hard for 10 reps, after maybe having 1 rep left in the tank, then goin to a small jump in weight which makes the lift difficult to do 8 with possibly 1 rep left. And then add a small amount more and possibly do 7-8 very difficult reps and then on the last set go up another small amount and struggle to get 6 reps. Should it be done this way? Or would it be more efficient and helpful to start wit ha more manageable weight and have say 5 reps left in the tank on the 1st and go up in bigger jumps of weight so the end weight would actually be more? Idk it was just a thought. Any insight on this would be helpful. And if I need to change my workout completely for the purpose of me wanting to cut fat then so be it. Any and all help is appreciated. Thank you
02-22-2012 05:07 PM
Your diet is deficient in so many nutrients. You need some variety, and need to get some vegetables in there. Further, your fats are so low that hormone production, specifically test, will be compromised. You need more fats, and better fats. Fish oil for one. American cheese is a horrible source of anything. Go for a less processed cheese, such as cheddar.
Your training, as far as a "Now!" critique, leads a lot to be desired. You need more leg work, and less wrist curls and other garbage exercises. Also, as your tolerance for exercise increases, I highly suggest adding in some HIIT style cardio.
02-22-2012 05:19 PM
Def need a variety of fruits and veggies. Perhaps some nuts to help with fat intake and change out some of your meat with fish every now and then. Your current diet as is makes me want to cry it lacks so much health.
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02-22-2012 07:32 PM
I knew it was lacking in many things that I would normally calL healthy, but carbs just scared me when I started reading about diets. So more fats, more veggies, and which green would u suggest? And because I am pressed with time could I cut up some fruits in my shake to increase carbs. I'm very new at the dieting portion of fitness. Is the protein at the right level. Also, what trash exercises are u referring too and what exercise would you put in its place? Very open to everyone's thoughts and advice, thank you very much for yalls input
02-23-2012 12:31 PM
Berries are a great fruit, and blend easily into any shake.
You shouldn't be scared to death by carbs. Carbohydrates when taken in at the right times, in the right amounts, and the right sources are very beneficial to fat loss and muscle retention. Be afraid of gluten, not CHO.
Any green veggies: spinach, kale, collard greens, broccoli, brussel sprouts, green/yellow squash, etc. etc.
Too many isolation movements: curls, wrist curls, triceps press down, leg extensions, etc.
02-23-2012 12:50 PM
Thanks again with more info on good carbs etc, I know everyones different, but u need a startin place. Could someone help me construct a diet that would put me in a better position to be successful? Also, what exercises shoul be put in place of isolation? And should I be doing a mass style of workout while I'm cutting to further help in muscle retention? Or should that be modified as well?
02-23-2012 01:12 PM
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If not, here are some suggestions as far as training goes:
Focus on one - two compound movements per session. A large portion of your training volume should be taken up by these exercises.
The isolation/assistance exercises you perform should be aimed at improving those big movements and correcting muscular imbalances.
Core work is essential - and the core is much more than the rectus abdominals (though that is all you see). Rotational, extension, glute, and static exercises are very important. The stronger you core is, the stronger you large movers will be, and the greater your progress will be.
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