Originally Posted by MarkI
Question for you, or anyone else who has cut before, how do you get through the mental hurdle?
I'm looking forward to losing excess fat, but I keep postponing my cut because I'm scared of losing the gains I worked so hard to get over the past year.
Originally was going to start after the new year, then I said no, let me wait until my scale arrives from amazon so I can do it exactly, now my scale has come and I'm telling myself I should bulk out the rest of this month.
I know if I'm careful cutting, the risk of losing muscle is slim, but I still feel a bit reluctant.
If you're concerned about strength loss you def want to cut slowly. My cut last spring was probably around 1 lb a week of weight loss, with most of it coming off in the first month and then almost being stagnant for another month. A slower cut is also less catabolic.
A higher carb intake will also help maintain performance. Keto is very good for weight loss but shit for most athletic activities, so I would either eat a moderate amount of carbs every day or just eat carbs around the workouts (pre and post) like IF.
I actually made strength gains the whold time apart from the last two weeks so cutting wasn't that tough for me.
Hunger will be a problem coming from a bulk. Gradually decrease calories. Eat more protein, fiber and satieting foods. If you're smart with your food choices and timing, you will still be full.