you got up to 14st? You chubster.
Yes, a real out of shape 14stone...
It's amazing how much you can be in denial, though. I thought losing a stone (14lbs for the yanks) would have me ripped. Actually I lost a stone and could only just begin to see abs. I think I could lose another stone! I'll just keep doing what i'm doing and see where it bottoms out.
It's good that you're leaning out though man, you'll dominate the lighter weight classes if you keep your strength levels.
That's the plan!! I never considered 74kg to be a possibility until the last couple of weeks where I hit <80kg, and looking at what I have left. I compare myself to my training partner (well, one of them). Right now I would consider myself lean, but I would consider him ripped (he's a boxer). Based on the last 20-ish lbs in weight loss, I reckon another stone would get me to a similar bf % as him. The reason I compare to him is because he still maintains a high level of performance.
I love using KG's, Stone, and Lbs all in the same paragraph.
the lighter weight after a cheat meal can supposedly be explained by you resetting your leptin levels. Low carb for too long leads to leptin depletion, which slows fat loss. A big carb up resets your leptin which gets you losing weight again, apparently. My favourite thing about a big carb up is how full and awesome your muscles feel after.
I've briefly read about this but not very clued up on it. It's amazing, though. I'm a lot more in tune with that depleted feeling. So I can tell when I genuinely need a carb up and i'm not just kidding myself. I've taken the carb up quite far (chocolate etc) and still weighed less the next day. Worth noting that I weight myself on a Sunday, same time every Sunday (around 2pm). The carb up was/is almost always on the Saturday. I'm not sure if I was lighter than I was the day of the carb up, or just lighter than I was the previous Sunday.
Also, my weight didn't drop every single week and I didn't carb up every week - only when I felt I needed it. I went a few weeks here and there with no change in b/w, then the odd week were I had dropped 4 lbs, normally after some crazy eating. The Sunday before my competition, I was 81-82KG. The day of the competition I was 79. The day before the competition I was 78!!! So I responded by eating loads that day, and I expected to jump back up to 81-82, but it was 79 and i've levelled out there so far.
Got some more science for ya: the difference in fat distribution is apparently due to hormones. Poliquin goes on about it, and has dedicated a whole system called bio-signature to explaining it. It's pretty interesting. I know a fitness model who is RIPPED year round. He had his hormone profile analysed by a Poliquin certified bio-sig guy and lost 2% fat pretty much overnight, which is really impressive considering there is hardly an ounce of fat on the guy anyway. He does loads of photo shoots so has to stay photo shoot lean constantly.
so the new healthy diet may have given you a healthier hormone profile. Not too shabby
I was hoping someone would give some more info on this. I've been hearing more and more about this Biosignature stuff, too. A trainer from my gym has just signed up for a Miami Pro (which isn't in Miami, apparently), and he's had this done, funnily enough from a fitness model in Glasgow, I wonder if it's the same guy? (Tony Pang?).
Anyway, I just wondered what it might mean. I'm happy if it means I have a healthier hormone profile of course, but just wondered. I also have no solid evidence that my bodyfat didn't distribute itself like this before, it's just a hunch, really. Normally when the lower abs were there, I was "ripped". Right now that doesn't seem to be the case. It'll be lower abs then sides/lower back.
I find it hard to believe I have a healthy hormone profile right now. Way too little sleep, water, probably food in general, and way too much caffeine. It's getting better, progressively, but it's not great yet.