Back surgery recovery mode – day 12.
Unfortunately I discovered the hard way that when you cut calories and are not able to lift weights for six weeks (and counting) your body sacrifices muscle rather than fat. I’m not sure why it does this, but I’m living proof that it does. Apparently I should have eaten enough to maintain my weight when the sciatica and back surgery happened, and that would have resulted in the least amount of muscle loss.
This morning’s (10:30 AM) Bod Pod stats look like this:
- % Fat: 11.6%
- % Fat Free Mass: 88.4%
- Fat Mass: 19.6 lb
- Fat Free Mass: 148.64 lb
- Body Mass: 168.23 lb
So I lost 2.48 pounds of fat and 8.85 pounds of muscle over the past two months. Not good.
I’m three weeks away from my follow-up visit with the surgeon when I might get cleared to start lifting again. Until then, no lifting more than eight pounds.
When I’m cleared to start lifting, I plan on taking up this fat loss challenge again. Now that I know I can handle intermittent fasting at a 20:4 ratio, I expect to see good results. Until then, eat to maintain where I’m at now.
Day 1 morning weigh-in: 182
Yesterday’s weigh-in: 169.4