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cmack06
02-27-2008, 11:51 AM
I started a cut a little over a month ago. I was 222 lbs, and cut at 2200 calories. I lost 3 lbs in the first 2 weeks, but for the previous 3 weeks, I haven't lost anyting. Is it possible that my maintenance could be as low as 2200 cals when I weight 219?

scission
02-27-2008, 11:55 AM
I started a cut a little over a month ago. I was 222 lbs, and cut at 2200 calories. I lost 3 lbs in the first 2 weeks, but for the previous 3 weeks, I haven't lost anyting. Is it possible that my maintenance could be as low as 2200 cals when I weight 219?

I'm 192 and I have to limit myself to 16-1800 cals to lose weight. I'd say definitely possibly. What are your levels of physical activity on a normal day?


added - I just noticed under your name it says lazy alaskan. Being lazy is a huge factor to having low maintenance cals ;) I know because I am lazy also.

SDS
02-27-2008, 01:35 PM
Absolutely. I'm around 205 right now, and 2300 (approximately) calories/day keeps me here. But like scission says, the amount of daily activity you do plays a part in that #.

cmack06
02-27-2008, 01:43 PM
I'm fairly active. I work out 4 times a week, and try to do cardio, although I'm usually too lazy to go more than 15 min. I guess it sucks that I'm gonna have to eat less than 2000 cals to cut. It's gonna be hard to get enough protein with it that low.

azma
02-27-2008, 04:44 PM
It's a little difficult at first, but you get used to it pretty quickly. I eat 225 grams of protein per day, even though I'm only eating 1800 kcal/day.

Cut carbs.

KingNothing
03-11-2008, 01:43 AM
Anyone else care to add to this discussion?

Commute
03-11-2008, 07:21 AM
I ran into the same problem. I cut my diet to 1800-2000 cal a day with no luck. I was running and lifting and my weight did nothing. I added Hot Rox for an actual cutting cycle and cut down to 1600-1800 cal and I have gone from 262-246 in 4 weeks (9pds in the first few days - my weight fluxes alot). My cardio is about the same, lifting is improving, but my diet and how I get those calories has changed. It's lots of tuna, chicken, soy nuts, natty PB and Isopure shakes. It's what worked for me. I was suprised I had to cut my intake that much and Yes I am hungry alot of the time, even when I eat 6 meals a day not including a post workout shake. It's the way it is so If I want to get back into the 230s and see my abs again, it has to be done!

ShockBoxer
03-11-2008, 07:24 AM
My maintenance is roughly 2250. I get there with two 3000 calorie days on lift days and five sub 2000 calorie days. It's the most comfortable way for me to eat that still allows my shirts to get tighter and numbers to go up over time.

radioheadhead
03-11-2008, 04:17 PM
Anyone else care to add to this discussion?

6 ft tall, got up to 222 lbs, started cut at ~2100 cals, so yes, your maintenance could be that low. I am now at 1700 cals/ day to lose ~1 lb per week.

radioheadhead
03-11-2008, 04:17 PM
My maintenance is roughly 2250. I get there with two 3000 calorie days on lift days and five sub 2000 calorie days. It's the most comfortable way for me to eat that still allows my shirts to get tighter and numbers to go up over time.

maybe I should try something like that. I have been REALLY weak lately on lifting days...
:(

JohnnyBrown
03-12-2008, 04:12 PM
Wow I'm 205 and I'm eating ~3800 a day and struggling to gain.
I must have an extremely high metabolism or somethin.

Bupp
03-12-2008, 04:16 PM
You have two choices, eat less or move more.

ShockBoxer
03-12-2008, 05:20 PM
Wow I'm 205 and I'm eating ~3800 a day and struggling to gain.
I must have an extremely high metabolism or somethin.

You're 18. Man, when I was 18 I could pound back a two liter bottle of coca cola wannabe, eat 9 easter creme eggs, and go out for pizza. Ate like that for years (Wendy's every night when I was a bachelor). Never moved from 135 until suddenly, so very suddenly, around age 25 I was 145. No biggie... and then I was turning 30, 200 pounds, and googling for a weightlifting site...

Big_Byrd52
03-12-2008, 10:56 PM
Yes its very possible. ur body reacts to what u feed it. i allowed my maintenence levels to drop down to 2200-2500 at 220 and around 8% bf. i did a show on 1800 cals and 2 hours of intense cardio a day! that sucked!!!

u have to ramp ur metabolism back up then cut down again. most BBers will add food the first 4 weeks of the diet to increase metabolism so they have more cals to cut and play with. For instance, i can be completely full and satisfied on 2200 or so cals a day, but i just DOUBLED them for the last 3 weeks and i am STARVING AND getting leaner!