Starting a cut on Monday; May return to a vegetarian diet
My diet over the past month has not been great. I’ve been eating over maintenance nearly daily, and my food choices have not been stellar. I’ve limited my splurge meals to one, or–at the most–two per week, but I’ve been snacking on some unhealthy choices and consuming alcohol more than I should be.
Stress eating? Sure.
Lame excuse? Absolutely.
I made a couple feeble attempts over the past two weeks to tighten things up, but I’ve been weak. Using the situation with my (former) job as an excuse to over-indulge was really stupid: my weight has slowly crept up, and only added to my already overflowing stress pool.
My scale weight is currently in the upper 170s, and my body fat is probably around 12-13% (adjusted). It’s time to put the brakes on, and throw the weight train into reverse. On Monday I’ll be starting a formal cut. Here’s the plan:
- 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.
During this cut I will be eating my usual foods, but once it’s over I’m strongly considering returning to a vegetarian diet.
Some of you know that both Lisa and I were vegetarians for almost 10 years. I only began incorporating meat back into my diet early in my transformation because, at the time, I felt that I needed the protein to reach my bodybuilding goals.
Lisa and I have never been comfortable consuming animal products. The meat industry is cruel, and disgusting on pretty much every conceivable level. We’ve recently had some long talks about returning to a plant-based diet. These days it’s so much easier to go veggie, or even vegan, than it was during the decade Lisa and I didn’t eat animal products (from about 1993 through early 2003).
As for health concerns, at this point there’s no longer any dispute that a proper vegetarian or vegan diet is extremely healthy. Some of the strongest, most healthy cyclists I know are vegetarian or full-on vegan.
Lisa and I have already started collecting vegetarian recipes, and once my cut is over I’m pretty sure we’re going to make the switch.