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  • sardelsasardelsa Member Posts: 9,834 Member Member Posts: 9,834 Member
    @steveko89 sounds like you are doing well, slow is better than not at all! What are your plans after you lean down? Are you going to bulk or hang out there?

    I am also going slow... I am finally seeing visual progress which is all I really care about in the end. Libra tells me I will hit my goal end of November.. that's not too bad right? :p

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    edited May 2018
  • steveko89steveko89 Member Posts: 2,092 Member Member Posts: 2,092 Member
    Thanks, @sardelsa. Can't complain too much, my moving average is lower now than at any point all of last year and I haven't gotten all the way down to my target cutting calories yet. The target has been the same at 1750/day; but I was averaging ~2900 through the week of 5/6, 2600 for week of 5/13, 2300 last week, on track to average right around 2000 this week.

    I've been going back and forth on what to do next. Happy Scale has me hitting 166.5 by the end of the month at my current pace of 1.1 lbs/week. I've not seen that on the scale since 2014, well before I started lifting regularly, so that will be an interesting comparison assuming I stick it out to get there. By estimate, that should work out to be around 12% body fat, a decent place to start a lean bulk, which I've never really executed correctly in the past (didn't increase protein enough requisite to calories, probably gained too fast). Given my history, I might hedge and just recomp or recomp+.
  • billkansasbillkansas Member Posts: 262 Member Member Posts: 262 Member
    Fwiw, here's my data. I'm too much a tightwad to be a paid member (so using excel). I know... two weeks of data means almost nothing. Calorie intake upward trend past couple days due to my wife making chocolate chip cookies. I was 213 lbs back in April...

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  • quiksylver296quiksylver296 Member Posts: 28,074 Member Member Posts: 28,074 Member
    jdog022 wrote: »
    lol one 5 year old and a baby. not 5 kids.. good God no. 2 is plenty

    HAHAHA! Here I am thinking my one is plenty.

    Amen. One and done.
  • bioklutzbioklutz Member Posts: 1,365 Member Member Posts: 1,365 Member
    Another overachiever for memorial day weekend! I ate a crazy amount of food Saturday and Sunday. I couldn't even begin to calculate it. I ate a Costco size snack bag over the course of 2 days that was over 5,000 calories by itself - plus a lot of other food. I am just going to call those "recovery days".

    This morning I was pretty close to my pre recovery days weight.
  • DavidsdottirDavidsdottir Member Posts: 1,295 Member Member Posts: 1,295 Member
    sardelsa wrote: »
    So my trend weight has me at 140.7lbs or so.. which is probably the most I've weighed and looked this lean. While the scale is moving at a snail pace, I can already see the results of this bulk which I am super happy about. Definition is starting to peak through and glutes are holding steady (you will just have to take my word on that one :p )

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    You look amazing, but I expected nothing less. At your height, I'm sure most people (who don't lift) would think you're around 125 lbs!
  • dozenmonkeyzdozenmonkeyz Member Posts: 150 Member Member Posts: 150 Member
    Phew!!!! Week 4 of my initial rfl phase in the books; wrapped it up yesterday with a refeed (omg I've never appreciated spaghetti more than that meal!) and I'm working my way up to maintenance calories throughout the next couple days.
    Starting Weight - 216lbs
    End of week 1 - 208lbs
    End of week 2 - 206
    End of week 3 - 203
    End of week 4 - 200
    I expect about 5lbs of waterweight to come back. Pretty pleased with the loss overall and happy with my adherence despite a day or two of slip ups. This was far and away the most challenging diet but the results matched the input effort. Actually looking forward to phase 2 after vacation. Thinking I'll shoot for 6 weeks duration and goal weight of 190.
  • pinggolfer96pinggolfer96 Member Posts: 2,255 Member Member Posts: 2,255 Member
    New low weigh in on the cut today. That means 800 grams of carbs today for my refeed!!!!! B)
  • sardelsasardelsa Member Posts: 9,834 Member Member Posts: 9,834 Member
    New low weigh in on the cut today. That means 800 grams of carbs today for my refeed!!!!! B)

    Wine doesn't count as a carb does it? ... rats... :p
  • pinggolfer96pinggolfer96 Member Posts: 2,255 Member Member Posts: 2,255 Member
    sardelsa wrote: »
    New low weigh in on the cut today. That means 800 grams of carbs today for my refeed!!!!! B)

    Wine doesn't count as a carb does it? ... rats... :p

    Not a fan anyways! I’d rather eat my cals
  • sardelsasardelsa Member Posts: 9,834 Member Member Posts: 9,834 Member
    sardelsa wrote: »
    New low weigh in on the cut today. That means 800 grams of carbs today for my refeed!!!!! B)

    Wine doesn't count as a carb does it? ... rats... :p

    Not a fan anyways! I’d rather eat my cals

    Oh I love eating but there are days I choose wine ;)
  • psuLemonpsuLemon Member, MFP Moderator, Greeter, Premium Posts: 37,559 MFP Moderator Member, MFP Moderator, Greeter, Premium Posts: 37,559 MFP Moderator
    So i started reading Lyle McDonalds RFL handbook... This diet is nuts but i might just try it.

    For those who have tried it, is compliance as hard as it might seem? Or do you just push through it?
    edited June 2018
  • steveko89steveko89 Member Posts: 2,092 Member Member Posts: 2,092 Member
    sardelsa wrote: »
    New low weigh in on the cut today. That means 800 grams of carbs today for my refeed!!!!! B)

    Wine doesn't count as a carb does it? ... rats... :p

    Not a fan anyways! I’d rather eat my cals

    That's a truckload of carbs. What did that consist of?
  • steveko89steveko89 Member Posts: 2,092 Member Member Posts: 2,092 Member
    @psuLemon, I found this write-up and it looks like it was pretty effective for this dude.
    http://www.powerliftingtowin.com/rapid-fatloss-handbook-before-and-after-results-review/

    I've not read RFL but based on what this guy did I think it would be doable for a set amount of time, especially if you had a stretch without any family or social obligations to guarantee strict adherence and just power through. I'm curious if anyone on this thread has tried it too. The macros don't seem entirely unreasonable, the ~50% deficit is what would be the killer.
  • dozenmonkeyzdozenmonkeyz Member Posts: 150 Member Member Posts: 150 Member
    psuLemon wrote: »
    So i started reading Lyle McDonalds RFL handbook... This diet is nuts but i might just try it.

    For those who have tried it, is compliance as hard as it might seem? Or do you just push through it?

    I just finished 4 weeks on it and found it challenging at some points but actually fairly easy for most of the time. It's so rigidly structured that you don't have much room for error. The entire point of it to most efficiently cut fat while maintaining as much muscle mass as possible. So, there isn't a set deficit or carb/fat value; it's as simple as ingesting the proper amount of protein and recommended supplements while reducing carb/fat calories to the bare minimum you can manage. It's not enjoyable - like it gets hard to choke down chicken and egg whites at times. But, in my experience, the results are undeniable. Top key's for me were:
    1. Read the book and take notes, review the website & forums, supplement with reddit r/psmf information, refer back to book, repeat. It's not a perfectly written plan and LM leaves plenty open to interpretation but most of that is minor details that don't matter much in the end.
    2. Have a solid plan. Know your meals/supplements for the entire week and DO NOT deviate.
    3. Follow LM's workout advice. More cardio than he recommends will stall progress and take a serious toll on the body. Lifting weights gets pretty hard and your volume will need reduced. I did a yoga class a couple times that wiped me OUT.
    4. Remember why you're doing this diet and trust the process to be worth the sacrifice.

    Certainly 1 phase doesn't make me any sort of expert but I feel like I learned a lot running it so feel free to let me know if you have any questions and I'll let you know my take on it.
  • steveko89steveko89 Member Posts: 2,092 Member Member Posts: 2,092 Member
    psuLemon wrote: »
    So i started reading Lyle McDonalds RFL handbook... This diet is nuts but i might just try it.

    For those who have tried it, is compliance as hard as it might seem? Or do you just push through it?

    I just finished 4 weeks on it and found it challenging at some points but actually fairly easy for most of the time. It's so rigidly structured that you don't have much room for error. The entire point of it to most efficiently cut fat while maintaining as much muscle mass as possible. So, there isn't a set deficit or carb/fat value; it's as simple as ingesting the proper amount of protein and recommended supplements while reducing carb/fat calories to the bare minimum you can manage. It's not enjoyable - like it gets hard to choke down chicken and egg whites at times. But, in my experience, the results are undeniable. Top key's for me were:
    1. Read the book and take notes, review the website & forums, supplement with reddit r/psmf information, refer back to book, repeat. It's not a perfectly written plan and LM leaves plenty open to interpretation but most of that is minor details that don't matter much in the end.
    2. Have a solid plan. Know your meals/supplements for the entire week and DO NOT deviate.
    3. Follow LM's workout advice. More cardio than he recommends will stall progress and take a serious toll on the body. Lifting weights gets pretty hard and your volume will need reduced. I did a yoga class a couple times that wiped me OUT.
    4. Remember why you're doing this diet and trust the process to be worth the sacrifice.

    Certainly 1 phase doesn't make me any sort of expert but I feel like I learned a lot running it so feel free to let me know if you have any questions and I'll let you know my take on it.

    - Did you record your calories during those four weeks? What did you average?
    - How much weight did you lose over that span?
  • dozenmonkeyzdozenmonkeyz Member Posts: 150 Member Member Posts: 150 Member
    steveko89 wrote: »
    psuLemon wrote: »
    So i started reading Lyle McDonalds RFL handbook... This diet is nuts but i might just try it.

    For those who have tried it, is compliance as hard as it might seem? Or do you just push through it?

    I just finished 4 weeks on it and found it challenging at some points but actually fairly easy for most of the time. It's so rigidly structured that you don't have much room for error. The entire point of it to most efficiently cut fat while maintaining as much muscle mass as possible. So, there isn't a set deficit or carb/fat value; it's as simple as ingesting the proper amount of protein and recommended supplements while reducing carb/fat calories to the bare minimum you can manage. It's not enjoyable - like it gets hard to choke down chicken and egg whites at times. But, in my experience, the results are undeniable. Top key's for me were:
    1. Read the book and take notes, review the website & forums, supplement with reddit r/psmf information, refer back to book, repeat. It's not a perfectly written plan and LM leaves plenty open to interpretation but most of that is minor details that don't matter much in the end.
    2. Have a solid plan. Know your meals/supplements for the entire week and DO NOT deviate.
    3. Follow LM's workout advice. More cardio than he recommends will stall progress and take a serious toll on the body. Lifting weights gets pretty hard and your volume will need reduced. I did a yoga class a couple times that wiped me OUT.
    4. Remember why you're doing this diet and trust the process to be worth the sacrifice.

    Certainly 1 phase doesn't make me any sort of expert but I feel like I learned a lot running it so feel free to let me know if you have any questions and I'll let you know my take on it.

    - Did you record your calories during those four weeks? What did you average?
    - How much weight did you lose over that span?
    I tracked my intake very specifically (other than 2 refeeds that didn't require close monitoring). Average calories was around 1400/day. Protein requirement was 220g/day.
  • steveko89steveko89 Member Posts: 2,092 Member Member Posts: 2,092 Member
    steveko89 wrote: »
    psuLemon wrote: »
    So i started reading Lyle McDonalds RFL handbook... This diet is nuts but i might just try it.

    For those who have tried it, is compliance as hard as it might seem? Or do you just push through it?

    I just finished 4 weeks on it and found it challenging at some points but actually fairly easy for most of the time. It's so rigidly structured that you don't have much room for error. The entire point of it to most efficiently cut fat while maintaining as much muscle mass as possible. So, there isn't a set deficit or carb/fat value; it's as simple as ingesting the proper amount of protein and recommended supplements while reducing carb/fat calories to the bare minimum you can manage. It's not enjoyable - like it gets hard to choke down chicken and egg whites at times. But, in my experience, the results are undeniable. Top key's for me were:
    1. Read the book and take notes, review the website & forums, supplement with reddit r/psmf information, refer back to book, repeat. It's not a perfectly written plan and LM leaves plenty open to interpretation but most of that is minor details that don't matter much in the end.
    2. Have a solid plan. Know your meals/supplements for the entire week and DO NOT deviate.
    3. Follow LM's workout advice. More cardio than he recommends will stall progress and take a serious toll on the body. Lifting weights gets pretty hard and your volume will need reduced. I did a yoga class a couple times that wiped me OUT.
    4. Remember why you're doing this diet and trust the process to be worth the sacrifice.

    Certainly 1 phase doesn't make me any sort of expert but I feel like I learned a lot running it so feel free to let me know if you have any questions and I'll let you know my take on it.

    - Did you record your calories during those four weeks? What did you average?
    - How much weight did you lose over that span?
    I tracked my intake very specifically (other than 2 refeeds that didn't require close monitoring). Average calories was around 1400/day. Protein requirement was 220g/day.

    So a deficit requisite to about 1.75 lbs/week, give or take?
  • dozenmonkeyzdozenmonkeyz Member Posts: 150 Member Member Posts: 150 Member
    steveko89 wrote: »
    psuLemon wrote: »
    So i started reading Lyle McDonalds RFL handbook... This diet is nuts but i might just try it.

    For those who have tried it, is compliance as hard as it might seem? Or do you just push through it?

    I just finished 4 weeks on it and found it challenging at some points but actually fairly easy for most of the time. It's so rigidly structured that you don't have much room for error. The entire point of it to most efficiently cut fat while maintaining as much muscle mass as possible. So, there isn't a set deficit or carb/fat value; it's as simple as ingesting the proper amount of protein and recommended supplements while reducing carb/fat calories to the bare minimum you can manage. It's not enjoyable - like it gets hard to choke down chicken and egg whites at times. But, in my experience, the results are undeniable. Top key's for me were:
    1. Read the book and take notes, review the website & forums, supplement with reddit r/psmf information, refer back to book, repeat. It's not a perfectly written plan and LM leaves plenty open to interpretation but most of that is minor details that don't matter much in the end.
    2. Have a solid plan. Know your meals/supplements for the entire week and DO NOT deviate.
    3. Follow LM's workout advice. More cardio than he recommends will stall progress and take a serious toll on the body. Lifting weights gets pretty hard and your volume will need reduced. I did a yoga class a couple times that wiped me OUT.
    4. Remember why you're doing this diet and trust the process to be worth the sacrifice.

    Certainly 1 phase doesn't make me any sort of expert but I feel like I learned a lot running it so feel free to let me know if you have any questions and I'll let you know my take on it.

    - Did you record your calories during those four weeks? What did you average?
    - How much weight did you lose over that span?
    I tracked my intake very specifically (other than 2 refeeds that didn't require close monitoring). Average calories was around 1400/day. Protein requirement was 220g/day.

    Forgot to add, lost 16Lbs overall and I'm still stepping up to maintenance so the returning water weight hasn't shown just yet.

    Also, I'll make my diary public for a bit in case anyone interested in the most boring list of foods possible lol
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