The past 12+ weeks of cutting have been awesome: I’ve had plenty of energy, my motivation has been off the charts, my cardio has improved drastically, my strength is up and the fat has come off consistently and with no stalls. This past week, however, I’ve been feeling pretty sluggish, my strength is down and mentally I’m having trouble focusing. I’m so close to my goal that I could simply push through for another couple of weeks with no change to my diet, but I’m afraid that could lead to muscle loss or even injury. Feeling weak and lethargic sucks.
I think for the remainder of the week I’m going to do a “refeed”: the same clean foods I always eat (I’m not talking about junk food here), but more calories and more carbs. It’s still March and I’m already pretty much at my goal of 7% body fat, so I really don’t mind if this extends my cut by a week or so (and who know, maybe it won’t at all).
In fact, part of me considered ending the cut now. I mean, I’ve already lost another pound since Sunday and I’m probably around 7.5% body fat right now. I’m very happy with how I look at this body fat level, so continuing to cut when I’m feeling this way is kind of pointless. But I set the 7% goal, and I’m going to reach it. I think 8% body fat is probably going to be my target from now on, however. I don’t even plan to maintain 7% body fat, so at this point continuing to lose fat is more of an exercise in self-discipline than anything else.