If you’re like most participants in the iron game, you recognize the year as having 2 seasons – fall/winter
(aka the bulking season) and spring/summer (aka the cutting season). After all, once the snow fell you
needed to be darn sure you filled out that knitted sweater grandma made you, or else suffer mockery
to no end. If you’re jacked, you may still look like a pansy but at least no one will be daring enough to call you on
it – well, to your face that is.
But as the peak of the bulking season passes, it’s now time to put that sweater away and prep for the cutting
season and the beach. Now, if you’ve been bulking, there’s undoubtedly some body fat that’s accompanied the
muscle mass you fought hard to pack on. So without further adieu, it’s time to write a Dear John letter to this
unwelcome adipose tissue. Your letter should look something like this:
Dear Fat Cells,
From the outset I knew this simply wasn’t going to work.
“FORGIVE ME FOR BEING DISCOURTEOUS BUT FRANKLY, WE’VE
GROWN TO THE POINT THAT, WELL, YOU DISGUST ME. ”
I have an image to maintain and you’re weighing me down. So let me be clear: you’re leaving and you’re not coming back!
Knowing full well that you’re a stage 5 cling-on, let me be clear that this isn’t up for debate, simply put you’re leaving
because I’m going to maximize my metabolism. I’m going to accomplish this in four steps:
Optimizing Nutrient Selection
I’m going to build my diet on whole food sources of lean protein, a plentiful variety of veggies, a fistful of fruits,
heaps of healthy fats and conscious starchy carbohydrate selection. Why?
Protein – I’m going to consume at least 1g of protein per pound of body weight to help preserve
my lean mass. I’m doing this because my muscles burn fuel. The more muscle I have, the more
fuel I burn. In other words, the more muscle I have, the faster I get rid of you.
Similarly, I’m consuming 20-40g of protein per meal to optimize recovery from my resistance
training and other physical activities. This