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Spring 2016 cut progress report: Week #5

Sunday, April 17, 2016 by  
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Week #5 of my spring 2016 cut is complete, and it’s time for my weekly progress report.

EatSmart Precision Digital Bathroom Scale

EatSmart Precision Digital Bathroom Scale

A few words about my body fat test, scale weight and soft tape measurements

  • My body fat, tape measurements and scale weight are all performed while fasted (first thing in the morning before eating or drinking).
  • All measurements are taken “cold” (no pump), and flexed.
  • A 7-point or 9-point body fat caliper pinch test is the most accurate “at-home” method of determining one’s body fat percentage, but even in the most skilled hands calipers have a margin of error up to +/-3%. The key is consistent readings from one week to the next: the actual number is not that important (to me). With that said, I believe my caliper body fat reading is consistently 1.5% – 2% lower than my actual body fat percentage. For example, if my caliper indicates 5.6% body fat, I believe my actual body fat is probably around 7.1%.
  • If you want the most accurate body fat percentage reading possible, go have a DEXA test done.


This is the exact equipment I use to track my progress every week



My scale weight this morning (as measured by the EatSmart Digital Bathroom Scale) is 175.6 pounds. That’s a -0.2 pound change since last week’s weight of 175.8 pounds, and a -6.8 pound change from my spring 2016 cut starting weight of 182.4 pounds.

My 7-point body fat reading this morning (as measured by the FatTrack PRO Digital Body Fat Caliper) is 9.6%. That’s a -0.1% change since last week’s body fat measurement of 9.7%, and a -2.0% change from my 2016 spring cut starting body fat measurement of 11.6%.

Over the past week I’ve lost 0.20 pounds of fat and lost 0.00 pounds of lean mass. Since the beginning of my spring 2016 cut I’ve lost a total of 4.31 pounds of fat and lost a total of 2.49 pounds of lean mass.

My tape measurements (as measured by the MyoTape Soft Tape Measure) indicate no changes over the past week. Since the beginning of my spring 2016 cut I’ve lost 1.0″ from my waist, 0.5″ from my hips, 0.5″ from my quads and 0.25″ from my chest.

Here are this week’s actual tape measurements:

Current Measurement
Waist 31.50″
Hips 37.50″
Forearms 12″
Arms 14.25″
Quads 22.00″
Calves 15.50″
Chest 40.00″



Yep, definitely stalled. More on that below.



100% clean and to plan. No cheat meals or even a cheat snack over the past week. I did eat above maintenance yesterday and will do so again today in an effort to break this stall. I’d rather try that before cutting calories because I need all the energy I can get.

To drink this week I consumed water (about 1.5+ gallons per day), several cups of black coffee each morning, a little calorie-free iced coffee, a cup of warm Yogi Peach DeTox tea each afternoon and a cup of warm Yogi Bedtime tea each evening before bed.



After a week of a somewhat sane schedule, this past week was anything but that. I’ve only put in around 100 miles on the bike so far, and that’s certainly playing a roll in my stall. I should be able to get a good ride in today, and I’m also going to hit the weights.



I’ve been stalled for two weeks now, and that’s never enjoyable when cutting. One way or the other I’ll break that stall this week!

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