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Beast
05-25-2003, 01:07 PM
How many calories do you think I should take in while on a cutting phase? Also, it's not a crazy cutting phase or anything, I just want to drop from ~12% to 8% by the end of July. Just a goal for me, and because I'll be going to the beach. :)
I was thinking around 2800 cals per day. I'm 5'9", 19 years old, 180lb.

GhettoSmurf
05-25-2003, 01:47 PM
have you been tracking your calories at a place like www.fitday.com? or do you know how many you are currently eating a day?

bradley
05-25-2003, 04:58 PM
Originally posted by NDBeast
How many calories do you think I should take in while on a cutting phase? Also, it's not a crazy cutting phase or anything, I just want to drop from ~12% to 8% by the end of July. Just a goal for me, and because I'll be going to the beach. :)
I was thinking around 2800 cals per day. I'm 5'9", 19 years old, 180lb.

Just start slowly dropping your cals in small increments each week until you are losing the desired amount of weight each week. For example, if you are currently taking in 3000 cals then drop your daily calories by 200-300 which would put you at 2700-2800 cals per day. Stay at this calorie level for a week and see if you lose any weight. Continue this process until you are losing about a pound a week.

As far as the 2800 cals go that depends on many factors like activity level, metabolism, etc. so it would be hard to just come up with a set number and tell you to eat this many calories to reach your goal.


If you are currently at 12% I would recommend including refeeds in your diet as well. You might want to read the article below if you haven't already:)

http://www.theministryoffitness.com/mof/library/articles/article18.htm

Behemoth
05-25-2003, 06:02 PM
Although Everyone varies 2800 should be fairly close. I'm 170 @ about 14% and I cut at around 2500 non-workout days and 2700 workout days.

Do what Bradley said, decrease them slowly till you hit the right spot.:thumbup:

Ironman8
05-25-2003, 07:38 PM
2,800 sounds like a good start. Just don't eat over 3,500 calories :D

bradley
05-26-2003, 04:27 AM
Originally posted by Ironman8
2,800 sounds like a good start. Just don't eat over 3,500 calories :D

What does the 3500 have to do with anything?

GhettoSmurf
05-26-2003, 06:46 AM
i agree.. i know people that need to eat 3500 when they cut jus so they dont lose weight too fast....

Ironman8
05-26-2003, 08:57 AM
Originally posted by bradley


What does the 3500 have to do with anything?

Doesn't 3,500 calories equal a pound of fat?

bradley
05-26-2003, 10:25 AM
Originally posted by Ironman8


Doesn't 3,500 calories equal a pound of fat?

That is true but just because you eat 3,500 cals a day doesn't mean you are going to add a pound of fat. If this was the case then people eating 3500 cals per day would be adding 7lbs. per week.

Your body has to have a certain amount of calories just to perform various activities like breathing, etc. Hence the whole reasoning behind maintenance calories.

If you ate 3500 cals over your maintenance level you still wouldn't add exactly a pound a day.

Beast
05-26-2003, 12:41 PM
Thanks for the info, guys. And don't worry, I'll save the 3500 calorie diet for bulking!

Ace
05-26-2003, 12:59 PM
Originally posted by bradley
If you are currently at 12% I would recommend including refeeds in your diet as well. You might want to read the article below if you haven't already:)

http://www.theministryoffitness.com/mof/library/articles/article18.htm That's a really good article! Thanks bradley.