Dieting Phase!

My main goal is to introduce my body to cardio and fewer calories. I jogged for about 30 minutes on Tuesdays and Thursdays in the morning, and also reduced the amount of carbs I ate. Next week I start my Syntrax fat burning stack.

WEEK 1 and 2

Week one of my dieting phase was simply to help my body adjust to my up and coming dieting. My main goals were to introduce my body to cardio and fewer calories. I jogged for about 30 minutes on Tuesdays and Thursdays in the morning, and also reduced the amount of carbs I ate with supper. Next week I will start with my Syntrax fat burning stack.

At the beginning of my phase I was 198 lbs. I had gained about 13 lbs since the middle of August when I stopped working construction (the intense work at my job caused me to lose around 10lbs, mostly muscle). Although I had no access to be able to measure my body fat percentage, I am able to use one of the most accurate and time-tested ways to analyze my self. Yep, you guessed it, a mirror. I wasn't seeing my lower 2 abs nor was the line running down the center quite as defined or deep. My goal is to get down to around 4% body fat (or how I was in the picture above, hopefully a little leaner though) by early December for a photo-shoot.

The supplements I have decided to take to aid me in my diet are Lipo-Kinetix and Guggl Bolic, both by Syntrax. Usually I will take an ECA, but there are so many questions about the two on the boards, that I decided to do a trial run, and post my results with the two on a weekly basis.

I started taking the Lipo-Kinetix on Wednesday. I began by taking 4 pills per day, one in the morning, 2 before I work out, and 1 around 3 o'clock. After taking 2 pills before my back workout, I had one the most intense workouts ever. I developed this weird cold sweat, but my intensity was at one of its highest levels since I had started working construction. I think this was mostly because of the caffeine, but either way I loved it. Another thing about this stack that I feel makes it superior to the average ECA stack is that it doesn't keep me up at night. This is very important since the dorms are loud, and I rarely ever fall asleep when I want to, especially if I was taking an ECA. Also, the Nor-ephedrine passes the brain barrier much less, which seems to have given me steady energy, rather than getting me wired, then crashing hard.

I have been taking 3 Guggl Bolics per day, 1 before each of my whole food meals. The gugglesterones naturally stimulate your thyroid gland that way you don't plateau when you diet and have to reduce calories even further. This is very important to me, since I love to eat and hate doing cardio.

My weight at the end of this week had dropped down to 194 lbs. This is a fast drop in weight, and next week I don't plan to reduce calories as to try and hang on to as much muscle as possible. I will also increase my reps (by lowering the weight) to 10-14 per set as part of my low-rep high-rep cycle.

My main goals for next week are as follows:

  • Get at least 7 hours of sleep per night
  • Have enough motivation to continue doing cardio Tuesday and Thursday mornings (god I hate this goal)
  • Eat my 5-6 meals per day
  • Have enough concentration, determination, and intensity not to let any of my lifts go down

WEEK #3

In only two weeks of taking Lipo-Kinetix my weight has dropped down to 191 lbs. This is a great drop in weight in such a short time, even though I didn't reduce calories any lower this past week. I have stayed with a dose of four Lipo pills per day and 3 of the Guggl Bolic and have had fantastic results.

I have continued to do cardio on Tuesday and Thursday mornings (god I hate cardio) for about 45 minutes. I think the caffeine in the Lipo-Kenetix really help me to drag myself out of bed to run. This week I plan to continue to do the cardio (torture), although I am going to cycle off the Lipo-Kinetix for the week since I have lost so much so weight so fast. I do though plan to start taking them the week after next, especially since Thanksgiving is this week and I plan to eat at least one whole pie myself.

I did stray from my planned routine for last week, and rather than using high reps, I used a 8/4 pace (8 seconds up, 4 seconds down) and had some great workouts. The slow pace allowed me to concentrate more on intensity and if you close your eyes while struggling for that last rep, you can literally see stars. I was also able to have a great back workout since the drop in weight helped me to emphasize using my lats more than my arms.

My goals for this up coming week are as follows:

  • Get at least 7 hours of sleep per night
  • Have enough determination to do cardio as planned, even without the caffeine boost in the morning (ugg, cardio)
  • Have great workouts at full intensity
  • Go up in weights or reps on each exercise
  • Eat 5-6 small meals each day and avoid cheating

Until next week, no pain no gain.

WEEK #4

This week I cycled off of the Lipo-Kinetix. After being off it for only 3 days I noticed my weight jumped back up to 194 and I no longer looked as defined (bummer). I think the weight gain and loss of definition was due to water retention making the product a great diuretic as well as fat burner. I plan to cycle back on this coming week.

I achieved almost all of my goals (including eating that whole pie over Thanksgiving - damn, I'm feeling that now), although only a few of my weights have gone up. I have been keeping my cardio to a slow jog in the morning for around 45 minutes, and plan to keep that the same throughout my dieting phase (god I miss bulking).

Next week I will start taking the Lipo-Kinetix again, and drop calories by about 200 starting Monday. My goal is to be around 190 come December 21 for my photo-shoot. As always, I have been taking Glutamine to reduce catabolism and in hopes that it will spare muscle during this vigorous dieting phase.

I plan on keeping the same 8/4 pace next week in my workouts. The slow reps help me to increase intensity, and give a much better pump than the conventional 2/4. Hopefully my weights will go up this coming week.

My goals for next week are as follows:

  • Get at least 8 hours of sleep per night
  • Keep the same cardio schedule
  • Keep workouts at full intensity no matter the conditions
  • Not let any of my weights drop
  • Drink a gallon of water per day
  • Eat 5-6 smaller meals per day

Dominate or be dominated.

WEEK #5

I started taking the Lipo-Kinetix again this week. By Tuesday I lost all the water that I was retaining and once saw my definition harden again. At the end of the week my weight was 192 lbs. I hope to drop one pound of fat a week for the next two weeks to be down to my goal.

I again used to 8/4 pace when working out and had some great workouts. The intensity level was incredible and I once again experienced cold sweats while struggling for those last couple reps like I did the first week of taking it. My weights have gone up on most of my lifts this week as well. I think the Thanksgiving dinner benefited me as well.

This coming week I will be changing my diet as well to help lose those last few pounds. I plan to drop carbs down to fewer than 40 grams per day while still taking in around 2500 calories. I hope this will shock my body due to the shift in macronutrients. I also know that if I decided to bulk right afterwards, the sudden increase in carbs will help me to gain muscle really fast.

I have grown really attached to the 8/4 paced and encourage all to try it. I plan on keeping that the same for this upcoming week.

My goals for this week are as follows:

  • Get at least 8 hours of sleep per night
  • Continue to do cardio in the morning (yeah, you know what goes here - hate cardio)
  • Continue to go up in weights
  • Keep my intensity level as high as possible
  • Drink a gallon of water per day
  • Continue to eat 5-6 meals per day

Failure can only bring about success.

WEEK #6

Week 6:

I cut the carbs from my diet Sunday and expected a total loss of energy. I was shocked to see my energy levels didn't flop as they usually do when I drop my carbs. I stayed under 40 grams of carbs per day this entire week. Saturday was my cheat, so I ate everything I got my hands on. (Yeah, I feel bloated.) My weight dropped down to about 190, although I'm not sure how much of this was actually fat loss and not water from the lack of carbs. I plan on keeping the same diet this week.

Like the following two weeks, I have used the 8/4 pace. I highly recommend this pace as it leads to some really high intensity. (People actually commented about how red my face got when I was doing a set of t-bar rows.) Oddly, my weights have gone up. On almost all my lifts I have been able to get an extra rep, which I find real strange to be happening during a dieting phase.

I have until New Years Day (yeah, the photographer pushed the date back again) to lose these last few pounds, and I plan on doing it really slowly. I want to loose as little muscle as possible. I know from dieting in the past that muscle will inevitably be lost when you lose weight, but it is my goal to keep as much as possible.

Monday is my last day of classes until finals (do they really expect us to study on these 2 days off?). opefully I'll get plenty of sleep. My goals for this week are as follows: (I'll let you fill in the rest as you've pretty much been seeing the same thing the past 5 weeks.)

  • Sleep
  • Eat
  • Cardio
  • Intensity
  • Water

Embrace the burn