Hey, how are ya? I'm a lurker of sorts but I've followed your posts and enjoy reading your articles and emails. I have found the motivation to start P90X again but I have a question and would like your opinion.
I have a diet figured out that will give me 1799 calories with a ratio of 44/34/22. I'm 6'0", and right now I weigh about 175 lbs and my body fat% is probably around 15-20%. My question is, is that close enough to hitting the macros for the fat shredder plan or do I need to tweak the diet a little? I'm finding it difficult to get closer to 50/30/20 without increasing the calories some and pushing closer to 1900-2000.
I'm concerned about raising the calories too much because the last time I did P90X, I used the nutrition guide to come up with a figure of needing 2400 calories, I was a level 2 according to the formula and I matched perfectly with the example on the bottom of page 5 (6'0" and 180 lbs). I have a desk job so I decided that I didn't need to add 20% for daily physical activity and I dropped the calories down to 2100 to run a deficit and had it pretty close to 50/30/20. I just looked up my old food log on the website I used and it showed 2103 & 50/32/18, so like I said, pretty darn close to perfect.
The problem was, I don't think 2100 calories gave me enough of a calorie deficit. Don't get me wrong, I was getting results, but I wasn't getting the TV worthy results that I was after. After 90 days, I still didn't have a 6 pack, I didn't even have a 4 or 2 pack. I was weighing, and tracking everything I ate, I was doing every workout, even yoga and kenpo which I hated...heck, I was even doing the stretch DVD on Sundays instead of taking the optional "off" day. If I was honest with myself, I would give myself a grade of about 90% on the workouts. But that's only because I consider a 100% workout to cause puking, and I just don't think that's necessary. It was extremely frustrating to see other folks who started in a similar place as me get results in 30-60 days that I had gotten in 90. I have a strong feeling that if I had just kept going then, I'd have gotten the results that I was after, but like I said, I was frustrated and very disappointed, and I just lost motivation.
Anyway, I'm ready to begin my fitness journey again and sorry about such a long post. I'd really appreciate it if you would give me your thoughts on the 1800 calorie diet I mentioned above, and if you think I'm right about 2100 calories being too much as I mentioned later. Thanks.