i feel like i've been in your spot a few times. the problem for me is that i struggle with wanting two things that rarely happen simultaneously: i like to improve my times/weights at crossfit (faster sprints, heavier weights) AND i like a leaner look. they don't come together in my body. not in a sustainalbe way, anyhow.
when i am lifting heavy, sprinting faster, and pushing my body harder in general, i keep some insulation on my bod. to lean out for a vacation or something, i'll cut back in intensity and stay under 50g carbs for 2-3 weeks. works great for that super strong, bikini-ready look.
when i want to have more definition to my muscles and appear more lean overall, i use moderate weights at crossfit and walk for 45 mins both morning and night. my fitness goes down a bit, i relax on the carbs (150g), and i have more of a 'yoga' body. i think of it as more of a stree-free approach that (maybe) limits inflammation??
my results are pretty consistant with these changes. anyone else notice this?
btw, i'm 5'8 and toggle between 140 and 150 depending on my musculature.
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