2017 Cut - Day 1

I've put it off long enough fam. The holidays are over, my birthday is behind me and it's time to get to work. I got on the scale for the first time since early December this week and it was definitely a reality check! 

Since the end of April, I have been "reverse dieting" - i.e. slowly adding in extra calories to build my metabolism back up after dieting down for my bodybuilding shows. I've also been trying to put on some quality muscle mass. I've been working with Paul Revelia of Team Pro Physique since early 2015 and he has helped me diet down successfully twice and has been guiding me along this reverse diet.

He so graciously agreed to let me document my cut with you guys so I will be doing weekly progress updates with my progress pics, weight changes and changes to my calories!

I follow what is called "flexible dieting" or IIFYM (if it fits your macros). Essentially I track what I eat to hit a certain number of grams of protein, carbohydrates and fat to meet my caloric goal. These numbers are specific to my body based on several factors and calculated by my coach Paul. Counting macros can be confusing at first but makes it easier to make adjustments as you diet and plateau, and gives you the flexibility to change your food choices and fit in treats on occasion! For more information, I suggest reading Sohee Lee's or Krissy Mae Cagney's e-books on the topic!

So without further ado, here are my starting stats!

*NOTE* DO NOT TRY TO USE MY NUMBERS TO REACH YOUR GOALS! They are specific to me and will most likely not work for you. This is merely an example!

Nutrition at the end of Reverse Diet -  2410 calories/135g Protein/310g Carbs/70g Fat

Starting Macros: 2080 calories/ 140g Protein/245g Carbs/60g Fat

Starting Weight - 158 lbs

Starting Measurements: Waist - 32.5"   Hips-39"   Thigh-24"  Bicep-12"

I will also be adding cardio back in this week after not doing any the last few weeks

anddddd here are my pictures from this morning! #gainingweightiscool