Cutting guide – Week 1 results

As many of you will be aware, I have been cutting for a week. What that meant for me on my chosen plan, was lots of heavy lifting and cardio acceleration (1 minute of cardio between sets instead of a rest period).

Well, let me start off by saying I’m disappointed with the results. I’ve been on it for 7 days, I’ve been eating lower calories than the guide suggested (2400 kcal instead of 2500 kcal). Somehow, despite all the training, the calorie deficit, and determination; I’ve managed to gain 1lb in weight, or 3lbs over the past 2 weeks.

At first, I had blamed the weight gain on water retention. Well, this can’t be so as I started taking water pills. They didn’t do anything except make me go and tinkle more.

Lots of hard work for nothing.

Well no, this isn’t exactly true for me. In fact, quite the opposite. My endurance levels have increased, I could probably tolerate one of those HIIT sessions a lot more now.

Another benefit is that my resting heart rate is getting lower according to my (glorious) Fitbit Surge. This is a great sign that my Cardiovascular system is improving and my heart is getting stronger!

To Conclude

Well, I’m going to keep up with this programme, I am however going to Adjust the calories and macros, and maybe start my morning jogs again (I’ve not decided if I have the energy for this yet).

Hopefully, with these extra changes to suit my genetics / body type, I can finally start shedding those extra pounds again.


I feel so stupid right now. I’ve been working toward a goal of 2,400 kcal, and I thought I was hitting this and burning near 2,900 or 3,000 kcal. I was not accounting for the instant oats in my protein shakes (an additional 600 kcal per day!).

I’m now accounting for these and have reduced my intake to 2,200 kcal. Hopefully, I can shed the weight quick enough and ready for my next holiday!

If you would like to try the routine, please visit Jim Stoppani’s 6-week Shortcut to Shred. Also, if anybody has ever tried this routine or something similar, please let me know your thoughts and results in the comments below!

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4 Replies to “Cutting guide – Week 1 results”

  1. Hey!
    I totally get how frustrating it is with the weight gain – but I would definitely suggest sticking with it for a week or 2 more.
    It can take more than 2 weeks for changes of a new regime to kick in. I had a PT for a month and lost 0.1% body fat! A couple more months later it was 3%!

    Stick to it. Don’t reduce your macros – fuel those crazy workouts!!!

    1. Thanks for the input! I’m glad I’m not the only one going through this kind of pain! It is rather disconcerting when a new ‘proven’ routine has adverse effects on the body but I reckon your probably right. I always said I’ll do at least 3 weeks of the regime. Thanks for the uplifting support!

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