5 weeks to cut 4% bf! This approach any good?
- 02-18-2009, 08:23 PM
5 weeks to cut 4% bf! This approach any good?
possible to lose 20 lbs. of bodyfat in 30 days by optimizing any of three factors: exercise, diet, or drug/supplement regimen. I’ve seen the elite implementation of all three in working with professional athletes. In this post, we’ll explore a variation of the “slow carb” diet as used by Dean Karnazes, an ultramarathoner famed for completing 50 marathons on 50 consecutive days in 50 different states. The most impressive part of this, for me, is that he did so, not with the typical anemic marathoner build, but with a well-muscled mesomorph body.
In the last six weeks, I have cut from about 180 lbs. to 165 lbs., while adding about 10 lbs. of muscle, which means I’ve lost about 25 lbs. of fat. This is the only diet besides the rather extreme Cyclical Ketogenic Diet (CKD) that has produced veins across my abdomen, which is the last place I lose fat (damn you, Scandinavian genetics). Here are the four simple rules I followed…
Rule #1: Avoid “white” carbohydrates
Avoid any carbohydrate that is — or can be — white. The following foods are thus prohibited, except for within 1.5 hours of finishing a resistance-training workout of at least 20 minutes in length: bread, rice, cereal, potatoes, pasta, and fried food with breading. If you avoid eating anything white, you’ll be safe.
Rule #2: Eat the same few meals over and over again
The most successful dieters, regardless of whether their goal is muscle gain or fat loss, eat the same few meals over and over again. Mix and match, costructing each meal with one from each of the three following groups:
Egg whites with one whole egg for flavor
Chicken breast or thigh
Grass-fed organic beef
Eat as much as you like of the above food items. Just remember: keep it simple. Pick three or four meals and repeat them. Almost all restaurants can give you a salad or vegetables in place of french fries or potatoes. Surprisingly, I have found Mexican food, swapping out rice for vegetables, to be one of the cuisines most conducive to the “slow carb” diet.
Most people who go on “low” carbohydrate diets complain of low energy and quit, not because such diets can’t work, but because they consume insufficient calories. A 1/2 cup of rice is 300 calories, whereas a 1/2 cup of spinach is 15 calories! Vegetables are not calorically dense, so it is critical that you add legumes for caloric load.
Any other approaches that people have used would be great to know as well!
- 02-18-2009, 08:48 PM
I'm experimenting with a similar diet, except I don't eat as much legumes and instead eat more fruits (carbs from frcutose). I still eat a bit of carbs from glucose, but mainly only in the morning so I can stay alert in school. This approach seems to go pretty well so far, I still feel full from the carbs that I am eating and I'm noticing a gradually leaner physique.
02-18-2009, 08:58 PM
Exactly what i need for school is more energy!
Would you possibly be able to tell me a lil more about your stats to see if were any similar body wise? Also how long u think 5 weeks would do from your experience?
02-18-2009, 10:15 PM
that seems pretty good. I do mine similarly ( i don't do keto), except I just have 5 days a week where i'm calorie deficit by 700 (per day) and two days a week where i'm surplus by 300. Losing the first 4% was quite easy infact, but after that i hit plateaus and also lost a fair bit of muscle.
But i think losing 4% in 5 weeks seems like a good target, unless you're trying to go from let's say 11 - 7%. I don't know the science, but people always tend to find it harder when u get closer to the single digits.
I started at 26%, so going to 22% was easy. I'm now down at 14%.
02-18-2009, 10:26 PM
02-18-2009, 10:47 PM
youve lost 25 pounds while putting on 10lbs of muscle? how is that possible when you went from 180 to 165?
02-18-2009, 10:49 PM
02-18-2009, 10:54 PM
i would call his bluff
you need to loose 20 pounds in 30 days, its possible but not without drastic measures and lean muscle tissue catabolism.
you can shoot for a reasonable 10, maybe a tad more from water loss on keto, but you dont want to cut everything soo fast it will kill your metabolism and you will get stuck fairly fast before you have to reset your metabolism with a different diet and eating regimen.
you have to do things correctly and in due time. why are you giving yourself only 30 days to do this?
02-18-2009, 11:29 PM
I don't suggest any drastic cuts (or bulks for that matter) because your body will easily lose muscle if you try to lose weight too fast. I would aim for a legitimate, but slow recomp. For me, I make sure that I eat plenty so that my strength levels never dip. It takes a long time to lose fat this way, but at least I never feel weak or a need to bulk up again. I'm pretty sure it's also the healthiest and easiest way to keep off the weight in the long run. What are your stats?
02-18-2009, 11:35 PM
Eating that much fat and close to no carbs (and then hyper carbing on saturday) made me feel sick as hell, but i guess i never really gave CKD a fair chance. I quit it after 2 weeks and they say this is the hardest period.
i think the main difference in mine to urs is i take sugar after a workout. But that's the only time...
And the meats i take are basically from fish and chicken. I have red meat only occasionally.
but other than that, i basically eat the same meals over and over.
It's quite monotone but has worked well so far.
02-19-2009, 02:40 PM
Have you figured out what you are actually trying to do yet? because a week ago, you were trying to put on as much mass as you humanly could in a month, and now you are trying to drop 10lbs of fat in a month.
02-19-2009, 02:58 PM
I am all for CKD. I have lost weight on it in the past and will be doing it again. The carb up thankfully helps you maintain muscle. I typically gain strength after two weeks on that diet.
Just keep the cardio UP UP UP while on it and you will get your results.
02-19-2009, 03:52 PM
What happens in 5 weeks? Why would you want to be 130lbs at 5'9" anyway? I used to live with a guy who was 130 at 5'4" and it still looked tiny on him.
02-23-2009, 01:07 PM
ya it doesnt make sense to me why give yourself only 5 weeks to accomplish something that will be drastically hard especially if your trying to go to the single digit BF% set an actual reasonable goal and if you lose more than congrats man id aim for maybe 10-12lbs if your going for your drastic measures if not id aim for 8lbs completely reasonable and easily attainable to lose 2lbs a week if your diet and training are spot on! so good luck and hope the best for ya man dont lose muscle lose fat!!
02-24-2009, 01:02 PM
On my cut last year I lost 25lbs at around 8 weeks, with a high protein, mod carb intake(energy for gym, and hefty work scehdule) and a mix of low/high intensity cardio, 5 days a week. With this I still lost noticeable mass, and strength ( note: it was a natty cut as well), so I couldnt imagine losing 20lbs in 4 weeks: way too much to lose, in too short of a time= significant decrease in muscle/mass.
02-24-2009, 01:25 PM
I think it would be near impossible as well to lose 20 lbs of body fat in 30 days. If anything, I could see a CKD diet allowing you to lose say 5 pounds right off the bat from excess water and cleaning out the GI tract.....and at most with a high protein, moderate fat, and low to nonexistant carb diet at the most safely of 3lbs a week.
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