The Macro Experiment: Reverse Diet Progress Graph
I realize there are different beliefs/opinions about the "optimal" speed of reverse dieting. It's actually quite the hot topic right now. My personal belief is this: Everyone is unique with individual goals and physical/psychological states. Therefore, "optimal" approaches to meet goals will vary. For instance, I had been in a severe caloric deficit for 6 years straight so my goal in reverse dieting was mainly to be able to eat more without gaining excess body fat. I had some major physical and psychological issues. Of course, a seasoned bodybuilder may have different goals or at least a different prioritization of goals than me.
The fact of the matter is there is currently (as of 12/3/2014) no peer-reviewed research on reverse dieting. That was my entire premise of this experiment. Not that this compares AT ALL to peer-reviewed research, but I am so passionate about helping others with similar issues and fears as I once had. I believe this experiment will achieve that goal. :) I plan on discussing this speed of reverse dieting issue in a later post, but for right now I just wanted to update the graph.
I hope you guys had an amazing Thanksgiving by the way! I traveled to Wilmington, NC to visit my family and I had a blast! I experienced my first oyster (yuck), my first s'mores in about 10 years (YUM), and WINE ICE CREAM (legit best thing I have ever tasted). The macros kinda suck but it's totally worth it. You can actually get it shipped to you from this website. You're welcome. 11F/25C/3P for a half cup.
I did cave and weigh myself twice. I have stayed consistently between 115-116 for the past month, including pre and post thanksgiving. On Thanksgiving, I tracked most of the day and left extra carb/fat room and tried to eat mindfully. I guess it worked out for me considering I did not gain weight. Doing IIFYM for a year and a half has taught me well.
In other news, I am totally finished with the most stressful two months of my entire life. Long story short, I was working 10+ hours a day and going to school till late at night. It was intense but that is finally over so I have time to do things I actually WANT to do, aka the macro experiment videos and songs! :P I have a few things up my sleeve coming up in the next couple weeks I'm pretty stoked about! I'm calling it "The Swolemate Sessions." Ha.
Hope you have an awesome week my friends!
PS: Macro tip of the day -- some days it's fun to save room for an epic carb/fat treat like this creation I made last night. <3