Update on stats
Lost 4 pounds of fat (and no muscle) since last test 6 wks ago!
Excited to have reached my BF goal, and haven't been this lean and strong EVER. Not even at university during daily training for soccer and track&field competitions. Now on to the next phase of gaining 10lb muscle while maintaining this <10% BF levels.
I have to attribute this to a number of factors:
0. Eating plant-based whole foods.
For too many years to remember, I was eating (even as a vegetarian) lots of highly processed foods, all of which were mostly nutrient-absent grains. Breakfast cereals, bagels, breads, pastas made up the majority of my days. I just never realized or had enough knowledge to understand why this was wrong for me and why my stomach was in so much pain every day. For years I figured this was 'normal'. The switch to greens at (nearly) every meal, and cutting out wheat/gluten, sugar, dairy, eggs has been profound.
1. Really paying close attention to macros. Much more so than ever in my life. And LOGGING IT.
One may *think* he/she is sticking to the plan, but the physical act of writing it down each day if often the difference between success and failure in this aspect.
2. Meal frequency and adjusting macros to time of day
A combination of Intermittent Fasting and Renegade Diet; utilizing a fast period of 14hrs (concluding with fasted early morning training), an under-eating window (P/F) and an over-eating window (P/C), plus carb cycling.
The last point I do have some questions about.
Has anyone been carb-cycling with early morning fasted training? If so, I'd love to chat.
Biggest question for me is whether to heavy-up on the carbs *the night before*, or later in the evening the day of training.
Will begin posting food journals soon for feedback on the daily choices I'm making, identifying where there's room for improvement.
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