Check link in bio for cheap fitness supplements and products 💪 follow me 👉@fitnessrealms👈-This picture is a visual representation of what phase one of this 2018 prep is going to look like. I think I’m starting in a better spot even though I’m a good 3 lbs heavier than the left pic and I expect to look a little better than the right pic since I’ve had another 8 months in a surplus since the right pic. Once I reach the body fat on the right, I’ll increase calories, decrease cardio and take around a 2 to 3 month diet break to allow my body to recover from the deficit. I know I look relatively lean on the right but I’ll have another 15 or so pounds to lose in order to get stage ready which was close to 140 lbs last time I was on stage (April 2016 and I could have been leaner in my lower body) ...This first phase will last 8 to 12 weeks. It won’t be extreme. I’ll be using flexible dieting. I won’t be doing HIIT. I won’t be overly focused on meal timing but I’ll be sure to consume adequate protein post workout. I won’t change my training at all. I’ll continue to push myself in the gym and run @maxhypetraining and I’ll do my best to increase or maintain strength. ...How do you lose fat? Create a calorie deficit. I recommend tracking your calories with an app like myfitnesspal and increasing total calories expended per day by strategically adding cardio (post workout or on rest days). Continue to train hard and make sure you consume enough protein for your body to maintain lean body mass. I recommend 1 to 1.2 grams per pound of body weight for people with average body fat. ...Take your time and aim to lose 0.5 to 1% of body weight per week of around one pound per week for most people. Don’t rush. Keep it sustainable.