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Dave Sheehan 02-23-2009 09:15 AM

High Calorie Day
I've been looking around here/Greg Everett's book and have read when you diet to have one day where you boost the calories in order to keep your metabolism going. Question is, how often is this day? What should the increase in calories be?

I'm looking to lose about 15 pounds after baseball season ends here at college before I graduate (about 6 weeks) and before I catch my first ship in the Navy. I enjoy Olympic Weightlifting tremendously, but I need to make sure I can do the Navy fitness test with ease. I know going from the high 180's (at 5'8") to 170 would be a huge help, plus at my current weight I need to be taped to ensure I'm within body fat standards. I am, but would prefer to forgo the taping. If I was doing cycling/running/track intervals 5-6 days a week would I cut the weight? Surefire way to overtrain? Anyway to incorporate the OW in while still cutting weight?

Any suggestions are much appreciated. Thanks.

Patrick Yeung 02-24-2009 03:12 PM

I think it really depends on your body fat%, but if youre in the 17%+, Id say 10 pounds could be very doable in 6 weeks.

I would look more to your diet than with your exercise. I am currently following an IF diet that is higher in fats/proteins and am burning fat off quite quickly. Even eating huge amounts of food during my eating window, im still undereating by most calorie counts for my weight/energy expenditures, so I throw in 2 days a week where I eat all day. One, is usually high carb, high protein, low fat, the other high fat/high protein, just that im eating it all day.

Cardio may increase your daily calorie deficit, but youll likely loose muscle as well.

Ill let others guide ya with the workouts, but currently, im lifting 3-4 times a week, consisting of less than 10 total sets for 1-9 reps each, all heavy.

Dave Sheehan 02-24-2009 04:02 PM

Where can I learn about the IF diet (what does IF stand for?)? What's this eating window exactly?


George Mounce 02-24-2009 04:31 PM


Derek Weaver 02-24-2009 04:34 PM


Originally Posted by Dave Sheehan (Post 51516)
Where can I learn about the IF diet (what does IF stand for?)? What's this eating window exactly?


Dave, man... no offense and I don't want to jump all over you, but did you look at this whole forum. There's a whole sub forum called "Intermittent Fasting".

That along with the link George provided as well as leangains.com should give you any and all answers you're after.

Oh, that and Robb Wolf's Intermittent Fasting series in the PMenu.

Patrick Yeung 02-24-2009 05:04 PM

Honestly, it was only an example of my diet.

I do not know your background, but it dosent sound like youre very familar with this approach or others. Might not be the best one to start with at this point. Youve got a short amount of time for your body to adjust, and you may burn yourself out and be worse off at the end of it.

You may want to just eat cleaner and look into eating Paleo or zone first.

I think many on here would agree that IF is for those that have been dieting for awhile and are looking for that last drop of performance.

But like Derek said, there is more information on the forums than youd be able to read in the 6 weeks. Go through the articles on this site first, youll learn a lot more.

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