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Posted: Tue Dec 23, 2008 11:49 pm
by anandsr21
I did mean reducing by 20%. reducing to 20% really doesn't make sense.

Also I have seen that people mostly recommend reducing the fat first and then build the muscle. ie using a cutting diet first and then maintenance diet.

I think for a person of my type with very little muscle would be better of with maintenance diet first and when some level of strength has been achieved then switching to cutting diet.

I am planning to reach about 100Kg on deadlift and 60Kg on squat, before I switch to the cutting diet. I am still losing some fat, although I still have a belly.

I have shifted to a new city (Bangalore) and my office is pretty far from my place of residence. It takes about two hours one way. So I am waking up early on Tuesdays and Thursdays. Saturday being the day off is easier to manage.

-anand

PS: Happy Christmas to everybody here.

Posted: Wed Dec 24, 2008 9:34 am
by stuward
anandsr21 wrote:...
Also I have seen that people mostly recommend reducing the fat first and then build the muscle. ie using a cutting diet first and then maintenance diet.

I think for a person of my type with very little muscle would be better of with maintenance diet first and when some level of strength has been achieved then switching to cutting diet.

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It depends on how much fat you need to lose. Many people use bulking diets as an excuse to eat with undisciplined abandon. If you have a lot of fat to lose, that's a recipe for getting fatter. You can only gain muscle so fast but if you have a predisposition to gain fat you can gain fat a lot quicker.

Better is to get your diet in order so that you can adjust easily to bulk and cut intelligently on a quick cycle.

Getting lots of protein and nutrients and rest, and training with heavy weight, can actually allow you to gain muscle and lose fat at the same time in people that need to do both. That's the ideal situation. If you are getting smaller in the waist and getting stronger each week, You're on the right track. You should stay away from both bulking AND cutting diets until it is clear that either your muscle mass or your fat levels are where you want them. if you need to do both, don't go extreme in either direction.

Posted: Mon Dec 29, 2008 12:50 am
by anandsr21
I am having a maintenance diet. I have changed my diet to remove junk food. Any sweets that I have are taken in the morning and then only a small piece ;-). For the strength part I am having reduced fat milk in the morning, but only small bit. Eggs on the exercise days.

My tummy is not reducing yet, but my waist is reducing. I am seeing gains in my strength. I will probably continue this diet for 3-4 months and then start the cutting diet.

Posted: Wed Feb 18, 2009 11:42 pm
by anandsr21
Well my Steinborne lift is now upto 52 Kgs. I am feeling really good about it. I am getting some trouble with my ankles I wasn't changing legs between squats. I am deloading and the next time I hope that I will be able to reach 60Kg ;-).

My Deadlift is now upto 90Kg. I am much stronger than I used to be.

I can also do 15 pushups now. I have never been able to do so many before.

Overhead press I am still stuck at 24. I somehow am not able to increase it beyond. I am thinking of changing my exercises a little.

I am also stuck on Rows. I think I need to add some more variety in my upper body exercise.

I am thinking of doing XAXBXCX from Monday to Sunday. I am lifting only two days during weekdays, to reduce the time constraints.

A: Squat, Pushups, and Deadlift; same as before
B: Squat, Overhead Presses and Pendalay rows; same as before.
C: Squat, Lateral raises, and Triceps extension.

What do you think? Will it be better? I am more or less happy with my rest of the progress but I want my overhead press to improve.