If you’ve been lifting for any decent amount of time, you’ve probably attempted a cut. If you’re like me, you’ve also learned that going from a caloric surplus to a deficit comes with its difficulties, longer recovery times, lower energy levels, slight loss of strength, and a near constant hunger. Don’t give into the cravings. I’m down to 184 from 198 in the last few weeks (progress post with pics, tips and tricks coming in 2 weeks) and here’s how I learned how to deal with hunger pangs on a cut.
1. Set in your mind the goal you desire. Make it a part of your reality that you will deny your temporal cravings for unhealthy foods in return for a physique you can be proud of.
2. Not all hunger pangs are created equal. The hypothalamus is responsible for hunger and thirst and sends the same signal for both.
3. The instant hunger sets in, drink at least 16 oz and up to 32 oz of water. Wait 15 minutes for your stomach signals to reach your brain then reevaluate your hunger. You should notice it’s gone.
4. Try a 3 day fast. I’ve learned that after around the 24-36 hour mark, cravings drop off a cliff. Experiment with your body, everyone’s is different.
5. Avoid temptation. If you’re on a cut, the bbq party with every junk food known to man is probably a bad idea.
6. Don’t let a minor set back becoming a complete failure. Eating over your caloric limit for a day or two doesn’t have to derail your whole train. Track progress daily, but evaluate weekly. It takes a deficit of 3500 calories in a week to lose a pound. Ate too much yesterday? Eat less the next 2 days to make up for it.
7. Nothing tastes as good as ripped feels. Yes its a silly phrase, but having a simple mantra like that can get you through moments of weakness.
Looking back on my own journey, I could have been months ahead of where I am now if I had the mental fortitude I have now. But I can’t change the past. Only the present. Today, tomorrow, and saturday I will be fasting. Hit me up on twitter or comment below if you want to join me. Always nice to have accountabil-a-buddies on the journey to shreddedness.
That’s it for now. If you have any personal tips and tricks for dealing with cuts, add them in a comment or hit me up on twitter and let me know.