Okay guys, I've been reading these forums like crazy! I need help and figured I'd go straight to the people who know all the ins and outs. I'm trying to lose fat...and QUICKLY. I have finally had the revelation that I'm an extremist...I function best on very strict/difficult tasks! So I decided to apply it to my everyday dieting life to get results.
Goals: Lose as much fat as possible in the shortest amount of time (we're talking 8-15 weeks...cutting cycle??)
Gain some strength, esp upper body strength.
I am vegan, and just did a 2 week cleanse made up of fruits, veggies, and lean protein. I got great results but I ate ONLY 500-800 cals a day. I would like to come up with something I can stick to, more like a cutting cycle, but a strict one at that. I don't want to mess up my metabolism. I have 32 lbs of fat on me BTW-- GO HARD OR GO HOME IS MY MOTTO! So this is what I've come up with:
Daily Diet: (can be found on myfitnesspal.com/mgbur01 see the log for monday feb 4)
Whole grain wrap cals 210
gardein chick'n Scallopini cals 110
1 tbsp honey mustard cals 36
1-2 cups fresh fruit-- melons or berries
1 tbsp peanut butter cals 105
2 salads made up of:
2 cups spring mix greens cals 40
8 baby carrots, raw cals 42
1/2 pepper cals 25
1 cup of white kidney beans, navy beans, garbanzo beans cals ~210
1 oz raw almonds cals 85
amy's kitchen organic california burger (might eliminate this and try to replace it with something w another protein shake-- the burger's got 300mg sodium) cals 150
1 tbsp italian dressing cals 40
topped with about 3 tbsp nutritional yeast which I don't know the calories on, but has good vitamins and helps the taste.
then finish the day with a protein shake after my nightly workout
gemma pea protein from true nutrition cals 104
1 cup light soy or coconut milk cals 45
Macros: 45% carbs/ 24% protein/ 31% fat (obviously if i replace the amy's burger with a protein shake my protein will be a little higher)
This comes out to 1251 calories and total protein is 78 grams. I exercise 6x a week- for the past 2 weeks I've been doing 30 mins interval training on the treadmill (1 min of about 6.0 pace, 10 incline every 3-4 mins) and weight lifting...alternating upper and lower body, 12-15 reps...feeling the burn when I reach 10. Saturdays I add in a SS 45 min cardio jog instead of the interval (jog for about 25 mins, then walk for maybe 5-10 mins, then jog again to finish, and I go swimming for 30 mins to stretch out my muscles and get a little more cardio, but I don't kill myself in the pool. I just love swimming haha and the cold water feels great!
Let me just recap that my goal is to lose fat as quickly as possible. I work for a modeling agency and just started going out on auditions so I want to get my measurements down. Eventually I will look into fitness modeling, but for now I'm trying to get LEAN. by the end of the week I'll be drinking about 100+ oz of water. (I drink 64 at least as of late).
The last measurements I had were taken in October. I gained some muscle since then and lost some fat, but I haven't remeasured since.
I have also thought of possibly doing another 1 week cleanse of low calories, mainly fruits and veggies with some protein. Then resume the above diet for a week or two, then repeat. I don't want to do a low calorie diet for too long (under 1100 is low to me) because I'm afraid I will gain pure fat if I have a cheat day.
Also, on the topic of cheat days/meals...what do you all recommend? All I want on a cheat day is fruit snacks, chocolate, a Luna or good Greens protein bar, and potato bread toast. I could easily eat 1000+ cals of these, but I think if I control it and allow myself 300 cals of fruit snacks, 200 cals for chocolate, I might not go crazyyyy if I know it's okay and won't totally sabotage me.
Any ideas on this diet? Are my macros all out of whack? Should I be cycling some other way, or just sticking to this diet? Cheat day/ no cheat day? You guys would be an awesome help to me, thanks in advance!!!