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sandcracker21
07-07-2009, 08:09 PM
sorry, i read everyones 'help me cut' posts here and i am STILL confused! lol

i have NEVER cut in my life, always been a skinny basterd, and have been on a 3 year bulk, now i am stronger than any of my friends (thank you to mark rippetoes knowlege) but i have gained a pretty huge stomach

what should i do to cut down? i eat like a horse for about 3500 cals a day and 220ish grams of protein

breakfast i have high carbs
lunch is always HUGE and high protein
dinner 1 is always lean, high protein
dinner 2 is always lean, high protein

i take a daily vit, fish oil, casein before bed, whey in the morning, and opticen pwo

shoudl i just cut out carbs? i do NOT want to loose stregnth at all, thanks for the help before hands guys, i need to learn about this

dynamo
07-07-2009, 08:17 PM
drop 500 cals trying only to kill carbs at first. see where that gets you. low intensity cardio is swell also. check out the ketogenic diet i think its called, talks about high protein, 0 carbs and low intensity cardio.

sandcracker21
07-07-2009, 08:20 PM
ps. im 6'1 225 lbs and about 16% bodyfat

Unreal
07-08-2009, 10:27 AM
Just drop calories until your losing weight while keeping protein high. Go from there.

sandcracker21
07-08-2009, 04:47 PM
how many carbs should i have? i get over 400 a day, sometimes more...is this too much?

Trainwreck
07-08-2009, 07:41 PM
If you're cutting, carbs will most likely be the first to go. Keep protein at about 1g per pound of lean muscle mass and fill the gaps with carbs and fats. Try to have your carbs in the morning or pre/post workout, try to avoid them at night. Also, read this (http://www.wannabebig.com/diet-and-nutrition/nutrient-timing-when-science-and-marketing-collide/)
Throw in 15-30 minutes of HIIT 2-3 times a week on top of lifting and the fat will melt off in no time.

Unreal
07-09-2009, 09:14 AM
Keep as many carbs as you can fit into a diet plan that is still a caloric defecit.

Optimum08
07-09-2009, 12:30 PM
There is no set number of carbs that is a magic number. You've got to manipulate your cals to be in a deficit (i.e. eating less than you burn). It is usually agreed to keep protein intake at at least 1 g/lb. of bodyweight and you can fill in the rest of your caloric needs with whatever (even candy bars if you really wanted, obviously not the ideal choice, but in the end losing weight is about creating a caloric deficit)

sandcracker21
07-09-2009, 06:47 PM
i see, its very simple then, i check on mypyramid.gov and that said i need 3200 cals a day to mailtain my weight, so i am going to aim for 2700 a day and see how it goes...im just worried about moving backwards in my linear progression model that i use in the gym.

as far as that article goes, i read it, and it says that taking the pwo shake BEFORE working out is better? like i said, i take opticen, would it then be best to take it as im leaving for the gym and just eat something when i get back?

NOTE: i usually run for 30-40 mins after my lift then shower then drive home, this can take 90 mins from end of lift to get home