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    Ok I hit a plateau....I think. I have been cutting since january 13. I have been using American cell labs ah-89 /hmg. Here is my progress
    week 1 weight 201 12.9%bf
    week 3 weight 195 12.3%bf
    week 7 weight 195 11.8%bf

    Although I appearantly lost a .5% of bf in the past month I can not loose any weight. This past month was when I switched from the ah-89 to the hmg part of my stack. I watch my diet strickly. I put about 200 minutes of cardio in a week and lift 3-4 times a week. I just can not drop any more weight this month.
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    Are you strictly trying to lose weight or cut some bf? Last time i heard, losing Bf% without losing weight was a good thing.
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    Quote Originally Posted by thaOrleanyte View Post
    Are you strictly trying to lose weight or cut some bf? Last time i heard, losing Bf% without losing weight was a good thing.
    ya I know. That is a good thing. My goal is to get to 9% bf regardless of the weight. I am probably just whining because I am used to loosing and weight and then checking bf%.
    So I guess I have nothing to complain about. Its just strange how all the sudden I stopped loosing weight.
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    I wonder if its the hmg that maybe causing me to slowly gain weight in muscle yet my diet is causing me to loose the fat. Anyone who knows more than I do (which does not take much) have any thoughts on that?
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    I hear your agonizing man. I was in the same boat 2 weeks ago. I completely switched my diet up to a carb cycling regimen and the fat loss continued. look into it a bit I promise you won't be disappointed
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    yeah consider carb cycling...or at this point, see about cutting your calories bit by bit more each week until you start to see the scale change
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    Cardio switching between Fat burn, and HIIT twice a day did it for me. Depends on how hard you hit the iron, i go pretty hard so muscle loss really didnt happen.
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    sweet thanks! I will try both the HIIT and carb cycling. I will let you guys know how it goes. thanks again.
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    It's fairly common to stall after 6-7 weeks of dieting. Try increasing your calories for a week or so to around maintenance w/ a moderate carb intake. That should help re-elevate your metabolism so weight loss can continue.
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    sounds like good advice so far..............just keep poundin away at that silly adipose tissue!
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    so ya I am going to start the carb cycling tomorrow and I start the hitt today. Hopefully I can get down to 9% bf pretty fast
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    i didnt want to start my own thread but i have the same issue but a little different circumstance.

    so, i started dieting mid/late january. i dont know percentages but i was at 205 and probably 20% bf (i was fat). ive gotten down to 195 and slimmed down a little bit (maybe 15% bf, and slightly less fat).

    problem is ive been unable to drop more weight for the past 2 weeks (maybe less). my diet hasnt been much of a problem, though some days i wind up 500 or so calories short. but i have no weight equipment, cant afford a gym, so ive been only doing cardio (running, sparring ) 5-6 days a week.

    aside from eating more, what else can i do with my diet to continue weight loss? my body generally doesnt like carbs much, so im not sure that i should try this carb cycling. i guess i could go HIIT style when i jog (sparring is like that already).

    im trying to get down to around....165-170ish but end of summer, maybe the end of the year. again im in no hurry, but losing weight will help with my fights.
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    man I started the carb cycling last tuesday and within that week i went from 11.3% bf to 9.9% and lost absolutly no weight. I was floored! I did the carb cycling and hiit and zap! The bf% started to shred! was f'ing amazing!
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    WOW! thats great to hear! Seems like your on track bud! good luck!
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    I know there are a lot of articles about it out there...but does anyone have a link they prefer that goes into detail about carb cycling?
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    +1, im interested in this
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    i hate plateaus ive been at one for almost a year now...my strength is going up so i stop complaining but the needle wont budge. keep it up though man im sure itll crack sometime it has to.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Irish Pilot View Post
    I know there are a lot of articles about it out there...but does anyone have a link they prefer that goes into detail about carb cycling?
    ok the site's not letting me post a link because my post count isn't high enough, but go to bodybuilding.com and search carb cycling. Theres a couple articles by Twin Peak that are really helpful. This is the one I used to get started. Covers all the fundamentals. good luck
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    Quote Originally Posted by tehockey View Post
    ok the site's not letting me post a link because my post count isn't high enough, but go to bodybuilding.com and search carb cycling. Theres a couple articles by Twin Peak that are really helpful. This is the one I used to get started. Covers all the fundamentals. good luck
    Perfect...thanks!
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    Quote Originally Posted by faceman35 View Post
    man I started the carb cycling last tuesday and within that week i went from 11.3% bf to 9.9% and lost absolutly no weight. I was floored! I did the carb cycling and hiit and zap! The bf% started to shred! was f'ing amazing!
    Good job bro, i knew that would do it for you
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    Quote Originally Posted by faceman35 View Post
    man I started the carb cycling last tuesday and within that week i went from 11.3% bf to 9.9% and lost absolutly no weight. I was floored! I did the carb cycling and hiit and zap! The bf% started to shred! was f'ing amazing!
    sometimes steroids do that. you do have a PCT lined up right? congrats on the fat loss too - lots of hard work involved with that.
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    i've read the twin peak article too...good stuff
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    Ill bump for one quick carb cycling question so I dont have to waste a new thread. Some articles mention "No Carb" days as they are literally NO carbs...but then I read articles with no carb days as more "very low" carb days. Opinions? Thoughts? Curious as, my protein for example, has 1 carb per scoop. Should I be shooting for ZERO...or something like sub 8-10g?
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    when it says no carbs, its pretty much damn impossible to get by with no cars lol. i just go with the minimum i can such as proteins etc. i imagine those minimal amounts would have any effect as opposed to a high carb day like 800g
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    Quote Originally Posted by suncloud View Post
    sometimes steroids do that. you do have a PCT lined up right? congrats on the fat loss too - lots of hard work involved with that.
    PCT? I was told you dont need a PCT!?!?!?
    Just kidding. Ya I am taking clomid for the next 4 weeks

    Oh and to the question about the no carb day. I pretty much try to stick to 10 or less in a day. It is impossible to get NO carbs.

    I am going to continue to cut through my pct and I am going to roll right into my next cycle of
    test cyp 500mg week 1-12
    dbol 25mg week 1-4
    I am going to take an AI also. I hope to get down to 9% before I start my bulking cycle. (just a goal I was shooting for)
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    man seriously I cant not believe how much the carb cycling worked. I am now at 185.00
    So in like a week dropped 9 pounds. I am going to check my bf% tomorrow and make sure I have not lost much lean mass
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    Quote Originally Posted by faceman35 View Post
    PCT? I was told you dont need a PCT!?!?!?
    Just kidding. Ya I am taking clomid for the next 4 weeks

    Oh and to the question about the no carb day. I pretty much try to stick to 10 or less in a day. It is impossible to get NO carbs.

    I am going to continue to cut through my pct and I am going to roll right into my next cycle of
    test cyp 500mg week 1-12
    dbol 25mg week 1-4
    I am going to take an AI also. I hope to get down to 9% before I start my bulking cycle. (just a goal I was shooting for)
    oh thank god. you scared me with your first sentence.

    by no means was i trying to negate the hard work you put in, just making sure you knew what you were on. congrats man
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    Quote Originally Posted by suncloud View Post
    oh thank god. you scared me with your first sentence.

    by no means was i trying to negate the hard work you put in, just making sure you knew what you were on. congrats man

    ha ha. Ya I thought that would be funny. No i saw another thread where someone was suprised that he was suppose to be on a pct. And so I thought it would be funny.
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    Quote Originally Posted by faceman35 View Post
    man seriously I cant not believe how much the carb cycling worked. I am now at 185.00
    So in like a week dropped 9 pounds. I am going to check my bf% tomorrow and make sure I have not lost much lean mass
    What is your carb cycling layout?
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    i keep it real simple.
    Day 1 as many good carbs as I want (maintaining 2100 calories a day)
    Day 2 100g or less
    day 3 no carbs
    then repeat the cycle
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    Quote Originally Posted by faceman35 View Post
    i keep it real simple.
    Day 1 as many good carbs as I want (maintaining 2100 calories a day)
    Day 2 100g or less
    day 3 no carbs
    then repeat the cycle
    Right on Thats about where Im at (200+ on high days, 150 on low, and less than 10g on NO days.)
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    One more question...what did you find was the optimal day for weighing in (for lowest weight?)

    I weighed in this morning after my first week of cycling...and still no weight loss. Needless to say it was a huge dissapointment.
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    i just weigh myself at random. Always in the morning though. But I kind of take a weight measurment every other day and average the results.
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    also my last day of cutting is today. I am starting a bulking cycle the first week of april. So i am going to start eating 500 above maintenance starting tomorrow to get myself use to that diet. Hell I have been dieting and cutting since august!
    man your 5 8' and 165 pounds? what is your bf%? I
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    Quote Originally Posted by faceman35 View Post
    ha ha. Ya I thought that would be funny. No i saw another thread where someone was suprised that he was suppose to be on a pct. And so I thought it would be funny.
    I would imagine a good portion of the 9 pounds was probably water weight and some gi tract weight...lol....like a free colonic!
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    I would have a hard time thinking that was water because the first part of the stack was ah-89 so the ph of winny. And that made me go from 201 to 195 in a few days! I was dry as hell! my joints hurt and everything. If i lost another 9 pounds from water then it was shock the **** out of me
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    Quote Originally Posted by faceman35 View Post
    I would have a hard time thinking that was water because the first part of the stack was ah-89 so the ph of winny. And that made me go from 201 to 195 in a few days! I was dry as hell! my joints hurt and everything. If i lost another 9 pounds from water then it was shock the **** out of me
    well, i would anticipate a few pounds of pure "crap" then to be honest. Like you notice once you carb cycle it is not out of the ordinary to gain 5 pounds plus on carb up days.
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    Weighed in this morning after my no carb day (yesterday). Not only did I lose weight, Im supposidly up 2.5lbs. Ugh. I just dont get it. How in the hell at a caloric deficit...
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    man also what I did was started to incorporate a HIIT routine. That also I think helped.
  

  
 

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