I am beginning my usual season prep diet. I try quiet hard to maintain a reasonable weight during the holidays to make the spring less painful. I am a big believer in not trying to go up and down a great amount in a year, especially as an athlete gets older. I have certainly noticed a bigger difference in how much I can cut and how fast as I have aged. I also don’t have experience much affect from exercise. In fact, the more I work out the more I am hungry and I can tend to over eat. When I don’t work out as much, I simply can tolerate a lower calorie diet.
I weighed myself New Years Eve and I was at 183.6 lbs. I was shooting for sitting around 180 lbs., but I kinda let loose the last few days with family in town and plenty of partying to do. The first 3 lbs. usually come off super fast when I am returning from a holiday binge of sorts. I plan to get down to 170 lbs. this year and to do that before the end of February. That is 1-2 lbs per week and isn’t extreme. I think I naturally want to sit around mid 180s, however once I get used to losing I can usually tolerate it quite well.
Dropping calories off of a diet is simply not conducive to training, your high end especially. Therefore I try to incorporate this part of the cycle in my base training.
My go to diet is usually going gluten free and sugar free. This combo is a pretty safe bet to eating healthy and keeps things simple. It is shocking how much you can drop just from eliminating simple sugars in you diet. Then if you add on avoiding most grains it can make a big difference in a short amount of time.
Like the last time, I will document my loss via photos of the scale.