Fat loss is not linear. I mean, it is, kinda, in the beginning…but nothing lasts forever.
So, I’m stalled. Well, sort of. In reality, I have still dropped .4 lbs over the last week, which is fairly significant, but due to the amount of fat I still have on me, I would have liked to see closer to 1lb. In essence, this is not a bad thing at all, but it leaves me open to make some decisions at this time. Basically, from a standpoint of nutrition only, I can:
a) Stay with the current Macros as they are. This way, I can give it another week and see if I can eke a bit more fat loss out of this caloric load before cutting the load a bit.
b) Reduce calories and continue the momentum with a bit more acceleration.
Visually, I kinda look the same…perhaps a bit more separation in the arms and legs, but I was also contracting the pose a lot more than previously.
In all honesty, there are pros and cons to each approach.
Keeping them the same:
- I’m planning on doing a photo shoot, but not competing, therefore there is no urgency for me to be at a precise level of leanness/dryness at a precise hour on a precise day. This gives me a bit more leeway and would allow me to keep macros the same and see how things turn out.
- Let’s face it, this only gets harder as calories drop, so waiting until the last minute to make an adjustment only makes things more comfortable for me.
- There is always a chance of a “whoosh”, where one seems to magically drop a few pounds during a stall (although, admittedly, this is rarely the case with me after the first month or so).
- I can assume, from experience, that I won’t lose much more than .1-.4lbs if I keep the caloric load where it is. This is just a matter of knowing my body and having been very lean before.
- Psychologically, if I stall, I am going to be a basket-case and feel as though I completely “wasted” a week of dieting. Admittedly, this is completely irrational, but this is something I seriously consider when looking at changing a client’s diet parameters. Anyone who has done this before knows that the mental game becomes very important, and mitigating any potential meltdowns can be crucial. This is especially true with me, as I tend to emotionally eat and staying level headed becomes key.
- Piggybacking off of the above psych concerns, I also feel that maintaining momentum is a very important concept. I’m not saying that one should completely rely on momentum, particularly when it comes to fat loss, but the motivation bolstering aspects of sustained forward progress shouldn’t be underestimated.
Of course, I could also turn up the cardio a notch. This is something I will touch upon in later updates, as I like to keep the LISS short and light until I truly need to pile it on.
So, by now you are wondering: “What’s he going to do?”
I’m going to drop the macros. Specifically, I am going to drop fat by 10g (90 Cal) and see what that does for the next week. Next stop is *gasp* dropping protein…but we aren’t there yet.
Let the fat loss continue! See you next week!