View Full Version : Is 1200 cal deficit too much?
My BMR + Activity is aroun 3000-3200. I'm eating around 2000-2200. Goal is to cut (started at 14.6%, currently at 13.5% goal is 8%) within a few months. Eating a balanced diet at around 35% healthy fats, 40% carbs, 25% protein. Lots of vitamins.. sound ok? no supps - dont want / need now
02-24-2004, 04:07 PM
Sounds a bit drastic. The usual recommendartions here are to consume about 12 cals per pound of bodyweight or to lower you calorie intake about 500 cals under maintenance.
What I usually do is to start cutting about 200 caloreies per week until I'm losing 1-1.5 lbs per week.
02-24-2004, 05:29 PM
personally, i think it will be an extremely difficult long-term plan to follow as your body will be screaming for nutrients and energy and you are more likely to binge on a starvation diet. you can be more successful by reducing cals 200-500 day which helps your body regulate better. although weight loss may be slower, it is more permanent and you might actually still have your sanity afterwards.
hum well its been 3 weeks and I havent had any problems - i have had random like 2 cheats though... so what cals should i be eating? 12x186=2232 that should be good no?
02-25-2004, 01:00 AM
Good starting point. Everyone is different. The point is to start, observe how your body reacts, and adjust as necessary. As mentioned above, you should be aiming to lose like a pound or so a week....if you're losing much less/not losing at all, lower calories....if you're losing too much, up calories.
03-01-2004, 09:52 PM
I've been eating 2200 calories at around 180 lbs and it' been workin for me. I have trouble eating that much honestly.
03-01-2004, 10:13 PM
might want to do reefeeds with that
03-02-2004, 05:17 AM
Refeeds are a must, trust me. no need to go mental, just do them planned accroding to your rmr and bf% and it will provide the impetus to work as a catylst in lowering body fat further.
I find that im on the right track if im keep my lifts relatively the same as pre-cut, if you can achieve this then you will more likely hold onto most of your muscle.
Whats ur carb intake @ the moment? its important to taper them down as you progress, otherwise you'll put all your eggs in one basket and reach a plateau.
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