I've decided to set myself an 8-week challenge - no cheat meals for the entire duration. My goal? What it's always been: gain mass without increasing body fat. I'm aiming for 177 lbs (I'm currently at 171 lbs) but I guess I'm being too optimistic given that I'm hardly able to have more than 3,000 calories per day.
So the changes I'm making to my regimen are:
1. Introducing 2 miles in 30 minutes of jogging every morning in fasted state except on Sundays.
2. Taking a dose of 800 mg of calciumate (GNC) every morning when I get up. Gives it about 1-1.5 hours for it to absorb. Might not be enough time, but that's the only time I can think of since I don't go to sleep on an empty stomach and that's the recommended best time to allow for calcium absorption.
3. Reducing carbs to mornings only (3 slices of brown bread breakfast) on off-days.
4. Only taking pre-workout supplement (BSN NO Xplode) before higher-priority workout i.e. legs, chest and back.
5. Increasing overall good-source protein to ~255g per day. Proteins from other sources (e.g. lentils, bread, etc.) can go to he*l.
6. Reducing dextrose after lower-priority workouts (arms, shoulders) to 30 g. Increasing dextrose after higher-priority workouts to 60 g.
7. And of course, no cheat days or cheat meals. This is going to be the toughest!