When you have a specific goal in mind, it makes sense to lay out a specific plan on how you are going to achieve them. As you can see in my Body Reconstruction Plan post, my next step is cutting and then leaning up. My ultimate goal? To have a lean yet muscular look.
Cutting occurs when you are minimizing the fat to show more muscle. As a result, your body will look more toned and defined. Maintaining the right amount of muscle tone along with body fat percentage is the key to having a lean muscular look. You want to develop muscle just enough to look toned but you don’t want to increase overall in size. So how am I going to this? Pay particular attention to my nutrition intake and perform a new workout routine that will maximize fat loss while still maintaining muscle.
Cutting Nutrition preview:
I found through my fitness journey that a diet similar to ketogenic diet works best for me in optimizing fat loss while still retaining muscle. You can read about my experience with ketogenic diet and how I lost nearly 5% body fat in 28 days here.
The only sugars that I will eating IN MODERATION are natural sugars from low glycemic indexed fruits such as apples, blueberries, raspberries, and blackberries. No bananas, no dried fruits.
I will not be eating traditional complex carbs such as brown rice, sweet potatoes, quinoa, whole wheat breads or pastas. The only carbs I will be eating come from a lot of vegetables.
I love chocolate but I’ll survive for the month.
NO peanut butter.
I will use almond butter instead because it’s healthier and lower in saturated fats.
I used to go on for months without cheats and successfully used portion control when I did. I think I can do that again 😉
Cheese: Feta, sharp cheddar, and parmesan.
Nuts: almonds, walnuts, peanuts
Oils: Olive oil, coconut oil
Butter and mayonnaise? Check.
Lean proteins such as chicken, beef, turkey bacon, tilapia, pork tenderloins, and tuna will be consumed daily in variety
I will be eating like this for a month and then slowly introduce carbs back into my system where I will then begin to carb cycling which I will keep you updated about when the time comes. Hopefully you won’t be surprised when I update my recipes with a lot of cheeses and meats as I have before in my Viral Eats recipe page.
Cutting Workout preview:
This month I will focus on using light weights during my exercises and high reps in order to promote high muscle definition while still decreasing fat. I will perform 3 sets of 15 reps of each exercise and in between I will do 40 seconds of intense cardio without rest. This will keep my heart rate elevated which in turn will burn more fat.
I hope you all have a clear understanding of my plans for this month! Let’s stay motivated and kick ourselves in the butt this month to set off one heck of a phenomenal year to come!