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motionman04
07-28-2008, 12:01 PM
I'm currently in the end of a cutting phase, I've put off 30lbs from my bulk and am down to around 1800 calories a day. I've noticed that I've kinda stalled lately, but I was worried about cutting lower than 1800 calories a day. I was wondering, is it safe to go a little bit lower than 1800 calories a day while on a cut?

Ben Moore
07-28-2008, 12:03 PM
What do you weigh? That seems really low. Why not keep some good calories and up the cardio?

motionman04
07-28-2008, 12:12 PM
What do you weigh? That seems really low. Why not keep some good calories and up the cardio?

Whoops, forgot to mention that. I'm currently 150lbs at 5'8". I wanna lose a couple more pounds of bodyfat before the summers end and start a slow bulk. I currently do HIIT 3x a week, I was thinking of lowering my intake 10%.

Guido
07-28-2008, 03:28 PM
Start with 500 calories below maintenance and work from there. Go to www.fitday.com to track your calories and figure out your maintenance level.

Ben Moore
07-28-2008, 04:29 PM
Start with 500 calories below maintenance and work from there. Go to www.fitday.com to track your calories and figure out your maintenance level.

There you go.

Reko
07-28-2008, 04:36 PM
I would reccomend upping the calories burned as opposed to lowering your calories any further. That seems real low. Like almost BMR + normal daily tasks low.

motionman04
07-28-2008, 07:38 PM
So you would suggest sticking with what I have now and increase my activity level a little?

Reko
07-28-2008, 08:02 PM
yes. how old are you?

motionman04
07-29-2008, 05:47 AM
yes. how old are you?

21 turning 22 in august. I wanna lose as much bodyfat as I can before I start a slow bulk when it starts getting colder.

Reko
07-29-2008, 06:12 AM
I'm not a nutritionist by any means but 1800 seems low unless you arent working out at all. I you are doing a normal weight lifting routine only, I would add in some conditioning/cardio days but keep the calories higher. Again that is just me and I have had success with that in the past .

motionman04
07-29-2008, 12:31 PM
I'm not a nutritionist by any means but 1800 seems low unless you arent working out at all. I you are doing a normal weight lifting routine only, I would add in some conditioning/cardio days but keep the calories higher. Again that is just me and I have had success with that in the past .

Currently I workout 3x a week, and do HIIT 3x a week as well. I've been cutting my calories about 10% a week for a few weeks from when I was bulking back in March, then 10% everytime the weight loss plateau'd and ended up at where I'm at now. I squeezed out a couple more pounds in the past month, but I've been afraid to cut more calories. You would recommend adding more calories to continue the weight loss?

kevowamo
07-29-2008, 12:53 PM
that low, your body could be eating up muscle. with lifting and 3 HIIT sessions a week. be careful. a good lean cut is good and all, but taking that big of a risk on muscle loss...i dont know. you know a day of heavy eating can raise your metabolism for the next day, i dont know..that may work

Reko
07-29-2008, 01:31 PM
if you cut cals by 10% then you stop losing weight, that means you haven't been burning enough, not that you need to cut them even further. eat more, and but up the calories burned more if you still want to lose weight this way.

motionman04
07-29-2008, 02:14 PM
I see....I guess I'll have to play around and see what works better. I'll probably up the caloric intake a little. But with doing HIIT 3x a week, would adding 1 light cardio session to that mix be too taxing?