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Summer diet/training plans; Will I bulk this Winter?

Wednesday, April 18, 2007 by  
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It’s hard to believe that I only have around six weeks left in my current cutting (fat loss) phase. Of course that’s just an estimate; I’m going to keep cutting until I reach 6% body fat. That could happen sooner or later than my estimated “target”.

A lot of people have been asking me what I’m going to do after I finish cutting, and also if I plan to do another bulk this fall/winter. I’d like to address those questions this morning…

Once I reach my target body fat goal, I plan to enjoy the summer and maintain my physique. Of course I’ll still be lifting weights 3 or 4 times per week (I have not yet devised this year’s maintenance training split), and I’ll probably do a mix of LISS and HIIT cardio 2 or 3 times per week. My food choices will be much like what I’m eating now: oats, yams, brown rice, egg whites, lean steak, chicken breasts, fish, fruits, vegetables and nuts. I’ll probably also throw in some 100% natural whole grain bread a couple times per week as an additional source of healthy carbs (I miss sandwiches). I’ve never felt better than I do right now, and I attribute that 100% to my current diet. I’m sure not going to go changing things! Besides, I’ve truly grown to love the foods I eat. I’m even enjoying broccoli – a lot! I’ll certainly continue to post my complete food logs to this site for those who are interested. 🙂

Of course once I start maintaining I will no longer need to be in a caloric deficit so I’ll be able to eat more of all those foods, which is great! I will also allow myself a “free” meal or two each week.

I will not be able to maintain 6% body fat with a “relaxed” diet like I plan to eat this summer. I will probably stabilize at around 8% body fat, which I will have no trouble maintaining. If I see that I’m slipping higher than 8%, I’ll make some adjustments to my diet.

So, will I bulk again this fall? Honestly, I just don’t know right now. Now that I’m back down to around 200 pounds and fairly lean, I’m really liking how I look and feel. I don’t want to be huge, and I’m very comfortable at my current size. When I was up to almost 240 pounds this past Winter, I felt very uncomfortable. Of course that was in no small part due to the excessive fat I put on, but right now I feel like I’ve reached a point where I’m satisfied with my overall size. What I’m really leaning towards is going on a very slow, very controlled bulk, in which I’ll focus almost entirely on my two lagging body parts: my rear delts and traps. I also wouldn’t mind if my forearms and chest were each a little bigger, but my biceps, triceps, quads, calves, lats and back are pretty much where I want them to be.

Anyway, I’m just thinking out loud right now. Who knows how I’ll feel once summer is over. Additionally, our new home should be completed in November or December, and moving/getting settled is certainly going to demand a lot of time, energy and attention. So, if I do decide to do a slow bulk, it may wait until early 2008.

OK, time for my first cardio session of the day! Thanks very much for stopping by. Have a wonderful day. 🙂

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