Now that the holidays have come and gone, which was a perfect time for doing a lean bulk, it’s time for the cutting season to begin. But where do I being? Well, here’s my game plan.
I don’t know about you, but I might have been a little naughtier then normal, so the first couple of weeks of the cut will be focused on resetting the gut, so I plan on starting my cut by doing a 24 hour fast. On this day of fasting I will not be training, not because I fear the catabolic effects, on the contrary, one can gain some major fat burner benefits from training in a fasted state. The purpose of this fast has more to do with getting rid of unwanted gut biome, like I said, I might have been a little naughtier these past few months then normal.
After the day of fasting, I will begin a 13 day clean keto regiment, a diet high in omega 3, healthy fats and quality protein, the limited carbs that I’ll be consuming will be fiber based such as green veggies (broccoli, asparagus, brussel sprouts and cauliflower). Fats with com from nuts (macadamia, walnuts, Brazil nuts and almonds), flax and chia seeds and healthy oils like olive, coconut and avocado oil and fresh avocados of course. My protein sources will be from organic eggs, chicken and grass-fed beef. Ideally salmon would be a great protein and fat source, but unfortunately I can’t hold down salmon without getting deathly ill, so I’ll just stay way from that. Due to the limited carbohydrate intake, I’ll also be keeping an eye on my electrolytes by starting off my mornings with 16 ounces of water containing some pink himalayan salt and apple cider vinegar and repeating so I see fit throughout the day. And lastly, I’ll be incorporating intermittent fasting on alternating days, shooting for a 18/6 eating window at 1800 calories.
After the 13 days, I will incorporate a carb re-feed, but in doing so, I will concentrate on high starchy carbs (white rice, potatoes, dextrose, etc), trying to keep it relatively clean, mean no junk (that’s means no deserts or carbs containing high fat), the reason for limiting the fat content during the carb re-feed phase is because your body is really efficient at processing fat or carbs but not both, so in this case I don’t want to cause any possible fat storage.
We’ll start here and follow up in two weeks, I’ll be weighing in of course, but I’m not too concerned with what the scale has to say, I’m more concerned with resetting the gut and maintaining strength and endurance, so we may need to adjust the caloric intake if performance drops due to the limited carb intake.