Chicago Pro Prep 7 weeks 3 days out

Body weight came up again. This is something I need to address with watching weight and making decisions on changing your plan. I upped cardio this week and my body weight is increasing. Without a doubt I am in a deficit, so what does that mean. I looked at my pics and clearly I am holding water. This does not mean I need to do anything about it, fat loss is occurring. This is when you have those days you wake up and all of the sudden you drop 3lbs overnight and look amazing. You trust your plan and ride it out. So, no change to the plan today.

I did get my blood work back and I am going to only address one thing and its the one thing I really wanted to see is when my thyroid function declines. This is going to happen just from the body trying to preserve itself. It also lets you know metabolic adaptation is occurring and the dieting process is going to get tougher. Well my free T3 is low, TSH is normal, T4 is normal, and reverse T3 is high. So, what does this mean? My t4 is getting converted to reverse T3 rather than free T3. This happens in calorically starved individuals and its the bodies way to preserve energy expenditure. Not much you can really do about besides increase calories and put fat back on. So, I am now starting Armor Thyroid at 90mg per day. Its a T3/T4 combo medication. This should continue to help with keep metabolic function up. Also, they thyroid can slow down kidney function and GI function. Its why hypothyroidism usually involves poor digestion and water retention. Something to think about when you clients are deep in contest prep and having GI issues and fluid issues. Cortisol may be the culprit as well, but they are closely related.

Weight: 222.8lbs

CARDIO: 30min AM 20min PM



Meal 1 (8:15am):
6oz chicken breast, cooked wt
30g cream of rice, dry measure
2 slice Ezekiel bread

Meal 2 (10:30am) preworkout
50g protein from Animal Whey
55g cream of rice dry measure
50g banana

Intra workout
30g carbs via Pomegranate Juice
10g EAA via Animal Juiced Aminos

Meal 3 (2:30pm) post workout
50g protein from whey isolate
4 rice cakes

Meal 3 (4:00pm)
7oz Cod, cooked wt
100g okra

Meal 5 (7:00pm)
7oz 93/7 beef, cooked wt
100g green beans

Meal 6 (10:00pm)
2 whole eggs
5oz chicken breast, cooked wt
100g spinach

190g carbs, 310g protein, 22g fat

Have a great night everyone, leave any questions below.

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