Ive been lurking and posting (mostly lurking) in these forums for a while now, and while I am horrible at keeping a daily log of my progress, hopefully I can update this journal at least once a week or so.
As most folks are this Spring/summer, I am looking to shed some bodyfat while retaining as much muscle mass as possible. About 2 weeks ago, I weighed in at 218lbs at 18% bf. I did my research, and decided to try out Lyle MacDonald's Rapid Fatloss diet plan instead of the UD2. Man, that thing works!
After only 10 days on it, I dropped to 208lbs, hopefully maintaining most of my muscle (Ill check my BF in a day or two). I took a break of about a week, and went to eating at maintenance (plus a few cheat meals), and my weight has remained steady at 208-209lbs.
Im starting another cycle of RFL, and hope to have the diligence to stay on it for 2 weeks straight. If I can do that, hopefully I will drop down to my target weight of 198lbs (or anything under 200), and my target bodyfat percentage of 12%. If I can achieve this goal, then I would likely go back to eating maintenance for awhile, and then either try UD2 to cut into the single digits of BF, or may even start a slow bulk.
My experience with the first RFL was pretty great in terms of results. The first five-six days were actually pretty manageable from a hunger/energy standpoint, but it got a little harder entering the second week.
On top of that, my wife is pregnant with our first child (woo-hoo!!!), and she is actually a little mad at me for dieting and looking trim, while she is blowing up in weight! Which is one reason I terminated RFL after only 10 days. But Im hopeful that I can schedule the cheat meals and refeeds this time around, to coincide with us going out to eat, etc...
Anyways, the diet is pretty straightforward: 4 meals, high in lean protein, no carbs, and tons of vegetables. No alcohol, sugar, etc... of course. But I get two cheat meals a week, and one 5 hour carb refeed per week.
The gym part is also pretty straightforward - Ill be doing two full body workouts per week, keeping the weights high, and the reps lowish. No cardio, except for giong with the wifely to swim at the pool maybe once a week.
Plus, Im supplementing with an ECA stack (primatene), which does help with energy and hunger (though it makes me a little loopy sometimes).
Today is the second day of this cycle, and I actually feel more tired and lethargic than I thought I would. But hopefully my body will adjust. Ill post the stats from my Push workout today later on.