A lot of people are surprised at how I eat. I dont use exercise to offset food. I also do very little (almost no) cardio. That is NOT a good thing, just been lazy the past few years. I control my composition with overall intake.
I also dont believe there is such a thing as 'clean' or 'dirty' food. In fact I know there is no difference between eating pop tarts or sweet potatoes (when it comes to composition). Not speaking to general health with the latter statement. Of course it is good to eat well rounded, but I dont really hold back on eating, and enjoy icecream, pizza, pasta, all on a weekly basis. I LOVE fried chicken (which I usually will cook myself for lunch a few times a week (see pic
) I am going to put chick fil a out of business. Eating fried chicken is a easy way to get in tons of protein which is usually the prioroty for me since I only eat 2 meals and some snacks.
I do eat quite a bit of protein. Approx 200-240g/day. Equivalent to about 3lbs of lean meat a day. But I only eat about 1 1/2 lbs of meat and the rest comes from dairy or whey protein.
The past 2 years I have switched to intermittent fasting, which is the easiest protocol for eating I have ever followed and it really allows me to as lean as I want (without feeling like I am going to starve). But I generally feel better about 7-10lbs heavier than I was in the pic from early summer below. My body likes 205-208. Even as high as 215. (I am about 5'9"). When I get down to 200, I have too many aches and pains and everything hurts from being too lean. I can carry 225 and still have abs, but that is too heavy for me and my sweet spot is in the middle. I am not by nature a lean person. Never was. I was always a 'bulky guy' but muscular. Just learned to eat for my requirements and now since I am not training for strength only as a goal, I just try to be 'fit'.