I've been working out really hard over the last 9 months and i've dropped about 50 lbs and i'm @ 165 @ 17% BF. Now i need to maintain that weight and drop the BF to 10% or so so i've upped the protein to about 160 g a day from about 40 g a day what i used to before. Over the last 3 months i've upped the weight training to real high intensity and i see some definition as well which is good. I've kept the cardio the same (Medium-High intensity..45 minutes 6 days a week). However, i've also noticed that i may be putting on some fat as my face is not as lean as when i switched over to this new diet with high protein. I'm wondering, is there any evidence to suggest that excess protein can cause BF% to go up? i'm going to give this new work out another month or so before i do my BF % test but i was thinking is my mind playing games with me?
My sources of daily protein are:
- Grilled Chicken Breast (About 0.5 lbs - so about 40 g here)
- Lots of 2% Milk (about 20 g of Protein here)
- Protein Shake (48 g ..ON Whey 100% Gold Star)
- Yoghurt (another 10 g)
- Hard boiled eggs(3-4 , no Yolk)
- Optimum Diet Protein Bar (20 g of Protein)
Do you guys think i should drop the Protein quantity perhaps like i had before and continue hitting the weights hard? My goal is to get cut, not hugely ripped. I'd like to be at about 10% with some serious definition, but not ripped like body builder style . Any thoughts or suggestions people?
The other thing is i've kinda been on this new protein diet for about 3 months now.