Decision made: late year cut starts on Tuesday
In mid-August I mentioned that I was considering a late year cut (see that blog for more information). I’ve been giving it a lot of thought, and I’ve decided that I’m going to do it. I’ve set my start date: Tuesday (Monday is a holiday), September 8, 2015.
I discussed some of the reasons that I’m in this position back in May (see “2015 cut and beyond: mistakes were made…)”, and I will be taking measures to ensure I don’t duplicate those errors. Because of that, I’ve decided to do this cut a little differently than my usual ultra-strict cutting style (no cheat meals, no alcohol, aggressive caloric deficit, nothing off my planned diet).
Here is the plan (I’ll go into a little more detail below the list):
- All meals will be logged and publicly displayed on MyFitnessPal.
- Mild caloric deficit.
- Clean diet, mostly consisting of all-natural whole foods.
- No alcohol.
- 1 “splurge” meal per week, alcohol allowed.
- 1 “splurge” snack per week (for example, movie theater popcorn).
- No missed workouts. Cycling 7 days per week, 1 weight training workout per week.
- Weekly stats and evaluation posted here every Sunday.
Those of you who have followed any of my previous cuts have certainly spotted some changes…
I’m going to be far less aggressive with my caloric deficit, as I’ve got some big and fast rides coming up over the next few months (most of them centuries). I need to make sure I have the fuel to perform well on those rides.
The weekly cheat/splurge meal and snack is something that will help keep my glycogen stores topped off, but I could also accomplish that with a clean weekly refeed. The reason I’m allowing the cheat meal and snack is primarily social. There are a number of events (family get-togethers, parties, the holidays, post-ride food with my friends, etc) that I don’t want to enjoy in their full glory. Of course allowing alcohol, even just once per week, is something I have never done while cutting.
Believe it or not, the weekly cheat meal is actually going to make this cut more difficult for me. I’m so all-or-nothing that any interruption in momentum is extremely tough for me to handle. Keeping it to one cheat meal and one cheat snack per week is going to be a serious test of my willpower.
I’m relaxing my diet a little this week, as that always helps me to get mentally prepared for a cut. I expect my scale weight is going to be around 175-176 pounds on Tuesday when I start. My goal is to get back into the low 160s–around 163 pounds. I’m not looking to get shredded or down to crazy low body fat levels, as I did during my early 2015 cut. I think cutting that deep was actually counter-productive, and set the stage for a bounce.
So, for now I’m calling my goal 163 pounds, but I’ll know when it’s time to call it a day. That may be 165 pounds, or it may be 161 pounds. We’ll see.