Week 18 or Week 1 of Recomp: Patience
Tuesday, September 15, 2020
It's the end of week 18 (Aug 10 to 16) for my Body Recomposition and my mantra is now PATIENCE. I looked back on my attempt at a body recomposition and I realized that I think I may have destroyed my metabolism when I started this. I went on a 1,200 calorie diet for a month and then 1,480 the next month then 1,300 the next and then now I'm at 1,550. So these past four month's I'm sure I've slowed down my metabolism and after everything that I've learned I should not have gone this route! This is also why I've been hovering at my current weight for the last 13 weeks but I did check my progress photos and I do look leaner than before so I think I just need to stay at this place with my metabolism and focus on training progression as well as sticking as close as possible to my calories.
Moving forward I made two new goals. The first would be to still get down to at least 22% body fat (26.6% is where I'm at right now) and the second would be to get my metabolism back up to around 1,800 because thinking about my metabolism in March before all this I would estimate around 2,000 calories of daily average although I know I had too much carbs to start with but I think I'd be the most happy consistently eating at 1,800 a day and that would fuel me through my trainings.
I know that this post says it's my Week 18 on a body recomposition but it really is only week one. The past 17 weeks were about dieting and cutting although it worked for a while since I wasn't training hard all those weeks I think now I'm ready to train at a higher intensity with lifting and strength so I will be eating more calories, being on a diet for this long is making me go mentally weird so I honestly think this is where I should go with my fitness because building muscle and shedding fat is really the goal, both not one or the other. I realized that when I started feeling good and seeing the scale go down with the initial four weeks I immediately upped my training and in turn I was under eating for all those days of training. This is where I'm at now and I'm looking forward to the next 16 weeks of true body recomposition. Patience is key to undoing the diet but also in knowing that if I do the right things day after day then it will pay off.