I'm a 6'0 240 lbs 20% body fat ex football player. I'm finishing up a bulk phase in which I was doing a 3 days a week HST workout program (lifting sunday, tuesday, thursday) , was eating healthy, drinking ON's Serious Mass, taking GNC's Afterglow as a post workout, and taking multivitamins in the morning. I've gained about 15 lbs in 7 weeks and I believe its a combination of muscle and fat. My cardio usually consisted of .5 miles on the treadmill before every workout and basketball 1 to 2 times a week.
I plan to start a cutting phase to get ripped and shred some of that gained fat, leaving only the gained muscle. If possible, I don't want to lose any more than 5 pounds when cutting. I wanted to ask for some suggestions on good cutting programs that have worked well, or tips I should keep in mind if I decide to create my own.
It is to my understanding when trying to cut that I should use lighter weights in the 10-15 rep range? Does this sound correct? Also, if at all possible I would like to keep my lifting schedule to 3 times a week, 4 if absolutely necessary. Other questions I'd like to ask is if it matters whether or not I do full body workouts or splits of muscle groups on different days; does either bring better results when cutting? My metabolism is fairly fast, what are you guys' reccomendations on my cardio?
As far as supplements are concerned, my plan is just to get some whey protein. I know ill have to take in at least around 200g a day of protein at my body weight. I was told that thats the basics, thats all I would really need and alot of the other stuff is more expensive and unnecessary. However, that is just one person's opinion, I'm open to anything and would like you guys' opinions on good supplements for cutting. I will mention however that I'm prescribed and taking metoprolol (a beta blocker) to keep my blood pressure down so I will not want to take a supplement that will raise it (I tend to stay away from pre-workouts because of the caffeine).
With my diet, I've done extensive research on what to eat and stay away from. I have lots of high protein meals, staying away from the greases blah blah blah all that good stuff. I understand that nutrition is a huge part of cutting and lifting in general. I got that part, I want more suggestions on my workout program and supplements.
Thanks in advance guys!