Interestingly Franck hired me and didn’t send me any updates, deciding to just go along with the bulk of initial guidance and information I sent across initially. I was pleasantly surprised to find this in my inbox six months later.
“I went from 83kg/183lbs to 62kg/136lbs. Yes, yes, I know, I’m now part of the wretched DYEL-skinny-boy-with-abs-group although I think Rippetoe would be proud because my lower body overpowers my upper body (when I think about it, I’d rather be a dinosaur than a chicken). I maintained strength on all my compound lifts other than the bench which went down (Andy explains why in the training section of his FAQ – the gist of it is: not having man boobs means you have more work to do). I used the macros that were given to me by Andy for about 6 months without ever changing them.
I cooked most of my meals at home although that didn’t stop me from going loko at all-you-can-eat sushi joints after training sessions and spare ribs buffets on rest days. I did the usual 3x a week workout routine. No cardio other than some brisk walking and chasing busses.
No supplements other than caffeine pills and some protein powder to not gag at the sight of meat. I also used (still do) his simplified macro counting system. My mind is blown that some people actually count the insignificant trace macros in all their food items; I mean, seriously, it’s only 1.9g of carbs… Anyway, it took me 12 months, which might seem long, but cutting is a marathon, not a race, and I’m glad that I reached the finish line. I now plan on reverse dieting and then slow-bulking (with minor cuts) for the rest of my life so I can put on some actual muscle. What’s the downside of consulting with Andy? My slim jeans have become baggy gangster pants. I’d like a refund so I can buy new ones please. Oh, and one piece of advice: don’t try explaining Intermittent Fasting to anyone; Tyler Durden was right, don’t talk about it.”