You see, I'm in a bit of a transition phase right now where I'm carrying around more body fat than I'd like to. Over the past two years, I've been playing around a lot with my diet and training routine in order to learn as much as I can about what my body likes and to also obtain optimal hormonal balance. However, while there have been many pros to this experimentation process, there have also been a few cons. During this time, I put on some awesome muscle (and I've gained some incredible strength; even i'm surprised), but as I said above, I also added more body fat to my frame than I would have like to. I know, logically, that this is ok and nothing to sweat about, but it still doesn't prevent me from feeling uncomfortable in my skin sometimes.
All in all, I'm pretty much finished with experimenting on my diet, so now it's just about executing what works for me...I'm just a little bummed that it's going to take some time to get leaner again. Oh well, cest la vie; it's all a part of the process!
On another note, I realized that my water intake has been pretty poor as of late and so this week I made a conscious goal to drink more. When I reflected on the times in my life where my water intake was on point, I made an observation; I drink way more water when I carry around a big 4L jug. Weird, right? So, I went to the store and bought myself a big, huge bottle and so far so good! I guess you do what you gotta do to get the job done! :-)
With regards to diet, after those two years of experimentation I now know that what I need to follow is:
- Five meals a day, with lots of water; coffee and tea allowed
- Four lean protein meals and one fatty protein meal
- One serving of healthy fats per meal
- 1 cup of GREEN veggies per meal, if desired (however, no more than 1-2 cups or it can be too much carbs for me)
- No sweeteners or sugar
Right now my routine is a 12-week, 4-phase periodization cycle with a progressive increase approach to steady state and interval cardiovascular training. I'm just about to exit my strength phase and enter into hypertrophy for 4-weeks (beginning next week) and so I'm hoping that that change will also stimulate some further fat loss as well.