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mic79
06-22-2003, 08:54 AM
just curious at what rate people here reduce their calories from a bulk to a cut.I read an article that recommends reducing 250 cals every week.At that rate thqat would take me months to just get to maintenance

bradley
06-22-2003, 09:21 AM
I have seen it recommend to cut daily cals by 10% each week until you are losing the desired amount of weight each week.

spl_373
06-22-2003, 02:06 PM
keep in mind if you have been eating your current number of calories for a significant amount of time you will start to lose weight with any reduction in calories, even before you get to(or below) maintenance, so your in no hurry to get your calorie levels below maintenance. Leptin will kick in and help you start to shed some of your glycogen, water and fat.

SoulOfKoRea
06-22-2003, 02:27 PM
question!

when you are bulking, or cutting,

if your maintenance calories were 2000 for example, and you began bulking up at 2500 calories, then would your maintenance be 2500 calories once you stopped gaining weight? or would it still be 2000?

bradley
06-22-2003, 04:30 PM
Originally posted by SoulOfKoRea
question!

when you are bulking, or cutting,

if your maintenance calories were 2000 for example, and you began bulking up at 2500 calories, then would your maintenance be 2500 calories once you stopped gaining weight? or would it still be 2000?

Well if you gained weight on your bulk then your maintenance calorie level will have increased. This is the reason that some individuals will eat at a certain calorie level which causes weight gain, but after a while at that calorie intake weight gain will begin to plateau. The same goes for cutting except it would be just the opposite. As you lose weight your maintenance calorie level will decrease.

bradley
06-22-2003, 04:34 PM
Originally posted by spl_373
keep in mind if you have been eating your current number of calories for a significant amount of time you will start to lose weight with any reduction in calories, even before you get to(or below) maintenance, so your in no hurry to get your calorie levels below maintenance. Leptin will kick in and help you start to shed some of your glycogen, water and fat.

Well you would have to be below maintenance cals to lose weight even though your maintenance calorie level has more than likely increased. That is assuming that you have gained weight while bulking.

When losing weight (below maintenance cals) leptin would actually decrease because of the fact that you have more cals going out of fat cells than into them. This is the whole purpose behind refeeds, which causes some spillover into fat cells and therefor causes an increase in leptin levels.