Week 7: 68.3 (-7.2 kg)
Really, REALLY happy with my progress in the fat loss department.
This week has been a rather interesting one. I suffered that crash on Sunday and Monday, but Tuesday and today, I've bounced back feeling fantastic again so I'm going to complete the diet on Friday as originally planned, I've decided that next year my training style is going to change completely along with my diet, and finally, I got some electronic body fat calipers to measure my body fat percentage!
Training and diet: While I have put on some muscle this year (Most noticeably in my chest, shoulders and back), I don't feel like it was enough for the amount of time effort I put in. Sure I've gotten some decent strength gains this year (4 reps bench press at 100 kg being a highlight), strength gain does not necessarily mean muscle gain.
Next year I plan to superset a lot more at a much lighter weight. This will help me build a lot more lean muscle in a shorter period of time, and more importantly, reduce the amount of injuries I get. Yeah, this will also reduce my strength a bit, and I will miss being able to leave my mark on the wall in a pissing contest, but if I had to choose between that or improving my physique at a much faster pace and smarter way... well I choose the latter.
As for diet, I'm going to a lot cleaner and a lot more. All these body builders are having 5 meals a day compared to my 3, so I'm gonna give that a shot for a while and see if I benefit from it.
Now, the body fat calipers.
After getting that absolutely ridiculous 13% last week, I knew something was wrong. How can you get such a high reading when you're cut and you've got a clearly visible 6 pack? I put it down to 3 things. 1. It was the wrong kind of test (tape measure, not skin fold). 2. The test result was itself wrong. 3. I needed to do a skin fold test using electronic calipers and then calculate the readings for the most accurate result. Well, I did that this morning. According to the 'Jackson/Pollock 3 Caliper Method' found at http://www.linear-software.com/online.html
, I'm at 2.29%
Now, I know I'm pretty bloody lean, but I didn't know I was THAT lean. Even if it's out by a couple %, I'm still really happy if it's legitimately under 5%. Either way, can't wait to see what I look like on Friday evening once I've completed my carb up and dehydration!
Week 7 = GREAT SUCCESS!