Well…it looks like I’m going to go back to a lower calorie approach for a while. After reducing calories a bit last week from my original higher carb intake, I was up another 5lbs–hitting 280lbs on Sunday. The purpose of the higher carbs was to try to boost my metabolism a bit, so I knew my weight would climb (it’s water weight as my very low carb diet had me pretty much permanently flat and somewhat depleted), but 280lbs is higher than I’m willing to go right now.
I’m going on vacation for 10 days in December and would like to enjoy the time with my family without counting macros and I know that if I’m 280lbs going into that…it’s very likely that I’ll come out on the other side toying with 300lbs again.
I also have a trip to the UK in November for work (engineer, not nutritionist) and I’ll be working on a specific project at a plant there for 8 days with very limited ability to eat anything like a bodybuilder. For a lot of people, eating like a normal person means they’ll lose weight–but for me, eating at restaurants for every meal means I’m probably going to jump up in weight a bit.
Again, my goal right now is to be the healthiest 260lbs that I can be. Since my contest weight used to be close to 260lbs (I don’t carry as much muscle as I did in 2007, but I’m not dramatically smaller), it’s hard for me to be that low in weight without being pretty flat and depleted—which means that any reintroduction of carbs tends to shoot my weight up pretty quick.
People seem to be confused as to why I’m choosing a weight as a goal when weight doesn’t matter in bbing. It’s because I’m not necessarily trying to be a bodybuilder right now. I’d like to leave that option on the table and have no plans of losing a ton of muscle size at this point, but my goal isn’t to see how much muscle I can gain. When I’m 260lbs, my blood work is good and my blood pressure hovers around the high 110s/60s. When I climb up into the 270s I start getting 130s/70s, and when I’m in the 280s I’ll start seeing 140s/80s–which is higher than I’m willing to be.
Ideally I’d be a very lean 260lbs and not need to be so depleted to stay at that weight–but that’s something I’ll work on more in the new year after the vacation when I’ll have more time to work on boosting my metabolism.
With all that being said, here’s what I have planned until the England trip.
4 meals per day:
20-30g of carbs from vegetables
Pre/post workout meals:
~10g total fat
I do plan to bring a high carb day in this time though, so that will most likely be something like:
no added fat
Spread out over 6 meals.
After I get back from England I plan to diet pretty hard until I’m on vacation–hopefully looking lean and mean at the beach on day one….looking drunk and full on day two…and probably looking fat and bloated by day three.
When I get back from vacation I’ll start working on making some changes to boost my metabolism and decide if there’s any interest in possibly doing a contest again at some point.