One of the biggest challenges lads face when it comes to leaning up is getting the strategy wrong and ending up feeling “skinny fat”

I hear it all the time on our initial Planning Call

“I tried cutting before but to be honest I just ended up looking skinny fat”

This is where you lose weight, so the scales indicate you’re moving in the right direction, but your body composition takes a hit.

There are a few things you need to protect when cutting so you get LEAN as opposed to ending up looking flat and slim.

Firstly, start your cut from a higher base of calories.

If you’re starting around 2,000 calories, chances are you’re going to run out of steam pretty quickly.

Say you’re dropping 300 calories per week; you’ll be sub 1,000 calories inside a month!

So, a reverse diet may be what’s required in the onset.

This will differ from person to person but it’s certainly something to consider.

Secondly, don’t go all in with zero carbs.

You’ll end up feeling flat and severely depleted.

Your carbs are stored in your muscles and liver as glycogen and they also retain water to give your muscles a fuller feeling and appearance.

If you cut carbs, you lose volume and end up feeling deflated. Imagine letting all the air out of a pumped balloon – this is kind of what’s happening here.

Keep your carbs in and also consider nutrient timing! This could be your best friend and your ace card during a cut!

The next thing to consider is how much cardio you’re doing. With my guys, I prefer to keep cardio in the locker and only really bring it out if needs be to drive additional expenditure.

If you’re already doing 30-40 mins cardio a day, how are you going to scale that up as the weeks go on?

You’ve got to think long term and how you can make your programming progressive and withstand the test of time! If you do too much too soon, you lose that luxury.

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