I’m at the beginning of a weight-loss cycle but I’m going to approach it a little differently this time - I’m going to do it gradually.

I got the idea from Layne Norton, a coach, bodybuilder, powerlifter, with a PhD in nutrition, and I think he mentions his diet strategy in his Metabolic Damage video.

I typically go straight into a fairly extreme low-carb diet which produces great results in a short period of time, but Layne got me thinking that it might not be the most efficient way to lose fat because I’m probably losing more muscle than I need to and wrecking my metabolism too.

So this time I’m taking it slowly. Instead of giving myself 6 weeks to diet down I’m going to take 10 weeks. That may seem like prolonging the torture but I’m not dieting hard the whole time.

I started by cutting out sugars and refined carbs. I don’t eat a lot of these anyway but it was enough to get the fat loss started, which is what this progressive strategy is all about - doing just enough to keep the fat loss moving.

Once the fat loss slows, probably after a few weeks, I’ll cut a few more calories by dropping other carbs and/or unnecessary fats. At this point, it’s still pretty easy because I’m not starving myself, I’m just cutting out the excess calories.

Once the fat loss slows again then I’ll have to further reduce my caloric intake to re-ignite the fat loss. But I’ve given myself plenty of time so that I can do it gradually which will help preserve my metabolism and my muscle mass.

I have confidence that this progressive weight-loss strategy will be both effective and manageable.

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24 November 2013