View Full Version : Importance of eating over maintenance on a cut?

06-20-2004, 12:47 AM
I've read numerous places that, while cutting, you should eat over maintenance every couple of days to keep your metabolism from slowing down.
a) Is this correct/advisable?
b) How often? (Once a week? Every 3-4 days?)
c) How much over maintenance?

06-20-2004, 05:44 AM
search for refeeds

Saint Patrick
06-20-2004, 06:41 AM
I'm feeling generous:


06-20-2004, 10:55 AM
Ah, thanks. I wasn't aware that was the same thing as a refeed. I thought refeeds only applied to those on keto diets. :rolleyes:

06-20-2004, 11:16 AM
Are you trying to diet at present or just researching the topic?

06-20-2004, 01:44 PM
I just started cutting (my 3rd cut) on monday. My last two cuts, I just ate about 300 cals under maintenance, every day for about 6 weeks, did cardio on off days. Worked well. Difference now is, I'm at 11% BF, and I'm hoping this cut will take me to ~8%. I know when you get lower bf, it gets harder to knock off that last little bit of fat. I thought maybe a "refeed" might help me get lower. I've gained quite a bit of LBM over the last year, so things are working well.

06-20-2004, 04:38 PM
They'll help to a degree yes, but at your current bf every 5 days will be more than sufficient to implement a refeed. As you start to become leaner you can do it more often and gauge how your body responds and from that use what works best for you

06-21-2004, 12:56 PM
Thanks for the tips. I was thinking once per week.

06-21-2004, 01:13 PM
there are products that aim to boost leptin levels also.
So rather than do a refeed you can invest in some of these products.