I'd like to ask for suggestions for my potential future cut, that I've been thinking about. Right now I'm eating 100-120 carbs on rest days and 380-420 grams on rest days - this of course is not what I plan to do a cut! I'm not crash-bulking right now, but I'm seeing good gains in strength, and no major fat gain. I'm aware that I might also gain a little fat along the muscle, but I really want to get my strength up as my current diet seems to be working out better for strength gains than any other before.
Even though I'm not a carbophopic, according to what I've read, going VLC and maybe having carb refeeds every 2 weeks or so, seems to be working very well for people trying to shred fat. My estimated BF is somewhere around 15 % (never measured properly), and any fat loss for me is purely aesthetic - so this hack unfortunately falls under the category of vanity - I admit it. (This is pointed out to pre-answer the common question "why")
But. I've always wanted to tweak everything diet-wise, but actually currently pretty happy what's going on. Ketogenic Diet is still something I like to keep myself "educated about" and I figured would this type of strategy work, should I ever feel like a couple of pounds need to be shredded off. Reason why I am asking this now, is that I've recently read a couple of interesting articles about MCT oil's and BCAA's role in fat loss / ketosis, and there's been a couple of good conversations on PH that I've naturally favorited.
Workout Day (this is the plan for Mon-Fri, on weekends would modify for a fasted workout):
7:00 AM - Wake Up
10:00 AM - 7 grams of MCT oil and 10 grams of BCAA. P10/F7
12:00 PM - Meal #1: eggs, spinach, ground beef, onion, broccoli and avocado. cooked in coconut oil. P80/C20/F52. 880 kcals.
3:00 PM - 7 grams of MCT oil and 2 boiled eggs. P14/F18
5:00 PM - Pre-Workout 10 grams of BCAA. P10
6:00 PM - Post-Workout 10 grams of BCAA. P10.
8:00 PM - Meal #2: 400 grams of 12% fat ground beef burger patties (w/ coconut milk & almond meal), avocado, romaine lettuce, dijon, tomato and two fried eggs, in coconut oil. P95/C23/F100. 1338 calories.
6 caps of fish oil a day. Daily totals P212/C35/F178 - 2637 calories.
I'm currently 175 lbs & 6'1''. This might be a little high calorie-wise for a cut (might not), but when I look at the food amounts I think it should be pretty doable, with out having to feel like hardcore-dieting. Then again I am fasting every day for 14-16 hours. I've read that MCT oil blunts hunger, so it might help if I need to cut calories more. But I think I would start with not too few calories for the first 2 weeks or so to get fat adapted.
I was thinking no fruit and no starch to begin with. Tomatoes are probably the veggies with most carbohydrates here. There might be room for a 20-30 gram carb intake for example from sweet potato PWO.
Rest days I was thinking doing similar approach, maybe having BCAA's only in the morning? Any thoughts? On rest days I would try to cut calories to about 1850, adjusting mainly from fat intake (using leaner cuts of ground beef etc.) and keeping protein somewhere around 185-200 and carbs well under 50 grams.
I appreciate all feedback - and I know a lot of people will tell me I'm overthinking etc etc, but this is paleoHACKS, isn't it? :D
p.s. I would also like basic opinions about using MCT oil with or without BCAA around workout, and MCT oil use during a fast.