About 2 months into this diet, I have lost about 20 lbs, and about 3 lbs of that has been muscle. However I am much weaker than this change in body composition should indicate. I am convinced that 2 months of uninterrupted hypocaloric dieting has depleted my muscles of glycogen and slowed my metabolism. I could only press 135x4, down from 155x5 not too long ago. I also tried to climb the 20 foot rope at CFO without feet today and could not make it: this should really be quite easy at this body composition (176 lbs, 148 lean, 16% bodyfat). In fact, I ought to be able to do about 1.5 climbs, no feet. Last week's hero workouts seems to have pushed me over the edge into the overtraining danger zone.
Therefore, I am conducting the following simple black box experiment on myself. I will eat 20+ plus blocks of food and plenty of fat, trying every day to climb the rope. I don't anticipate this taking more than 3 days.
7AM 2 cups milk = 2 blocks
9AM 1/2 bagel, cream cheese, 2 oz lox, 1/2 English muffin, 1 poached egg, 1 small slice ham, hollandaise sauce, 2/3 cup broccoli, grape salad = 5 blocks plus extra fat and probably extra carb
12PM ISS OH YEAH BAR = 3 blocks
5PM Blue Thunder Drink = 4 blocks
7PM ISS OH YEAH Bar = 3 blocks
9PM Turkey and veg with marinara sauce = 3 blocks
Workout - 5 mile bike sprint, fixed gear, hills - 13 minutes