hey everyone let me give you some backround on me first im a 6'3 309 pound 22 year old male, currently im laid off however in the spring/early winter i am an electricians apprentice
now ive been dieting and exersizing (weight lifting and HIIT training) 5 days a week with weekends off to recover (wed is a cardio only day as well) on a two day split upper lower program
now as for diets im on a diet called the Zone diet, and it makes the most sense to me, im eating every 3 hours small meals or snacks protein carbs and fat in every meal 40% carbs and 30% protein and 30% fat i believe are the way its split
now ever since i started it i dont follow the pre made plans, i dont eat like that, and im not one that enjoys having to follow something that rigid so i just designed my own meals using the food sub guides in the diet and so far im down 6% bodyfat up 18 lbs in muscle and lost 6.5 inches off my waist ( as well as other places) and this has happened in 8 weeks
my question is will i ever have to be on some sorta super rigid eating only brocolie and chicken breasts 6 times a day diet to get my body fat to 10% or even lower? i basically eat smart, let me run you thru what i had today
i had come chicken breast with some peas and carrots and an apple for lunch and for dinner the same ( i love left overs :P ) and for breakfast i had some low fat whole grain cereal with blueberrys and almods and other nuts in it and some milk as well as a bit of cheese and for one of my snacks i had a bit of lean pork chop with some water mellon
i drink lots of water every day and also i drink some apple juice now and again how am i doing diet wise?
As long as you keep your food choices healthy (no processed foods etc) and control the calories, you will be just fine. The Zone diet is just a more structured way of doing that. Once you understand the principles you can start experimenting on your own.
I think 10% BF is attainable and reasonabl for anyone. Below that it may not be worth it for some individuals.
Cut the apple juice! It's not healthy. It's almost the same as a Coke. Have an apple and water instead. Also make sure that cereal is not laced with sugar, most are. Keep your milk and cheese reasonable.
Congradulations on your progress so far. It may begin to slow down, don't let it discourage you. Great job.