Thanks for the link, Justin. It does give some information but I guess I’m looking for more specific answers, like whether I need to sort into 3 or 5 digits and at what point it’s worth doing one versus the other. I’m also trying to figure out how to get the mail tray labels that are now required for all mailing trays. I called our local bulk mailing office and was told that our post office should supply those free of charge if we don’t have the software for that–which we don’t. Have you heard anything that either corroborates or refutes this? Thanks for all the help–it seems like every step forward brings forth more questions.
This is a tough one to answer, as I know nothing about your previous dieting background. Considering you are doing powerlifting comps, I’ll have to assume you have been lifting for a while, and know that feeding your body properly and with enough calories will help your lifts immensely. If you are coming from a restrictive eating background and have not spent time at TDEE, I would encourage you to do so. Sitting at maintenance,(TDEE) will allow you to build more muscle and lift stronger. doing a cut can make your lifts suffer. So its a balance. Since you are 7 months away from comp, you can cycle your phases.. do a cut for 4-6 weeks, then back at TDEE for 1-2 weeks, and again. This can help you to shed some fat away, helping you reach your class, and the TDEE breaks will remind your body that you aren’t starving it. I hope this helps you out!
This particular post of yours made an impact on my weight loss and training goals. I was stuck at 166 lbs. for the longest time and lost around 6 lbs. just by understanding and following some of your posts. I still work out 5 times a week on a different routine, completely removed cardio exercises afterwards and closely monitor my calorie intake. My goal now is to reach the ideal weight for my height and get lean before embarking on a bulking journey. I realized the wrong things that I’ve been doing and removed my illusion of gaining a lot of muscles while on a caloric deficit.