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mr_hand
02-04-2002, 11:46 AM
Its that time of year, where I am trying to cut down for the summer, and so on. Right now, I am weighing in at close to 238 lbs. I wanna get down to the 215-220 range by June. I checked some calorie calculator, and it said to maintain my current weight, to eat about 3700 cals. Im thinking about dropping my cals to 3000 a day to start. What do you guys think.

TreeTrunks
02-04-2002, 12:00 PM
I am cutting as well. I started off on a hardcore diet in the middle of Jan. at 235 I have dropped to 227 as of last friday. I consume between 2500-2600 calories a day. During this diet I have made strength gains as well. So really if you wanted to you could cut your calories down more. I am trying to drop fat b/c of my plans to compete in some powerlifting events within the year.

gino
02-04-2002, 12:06 PM
If you only want to lose 20 lbs in 16 weeks, I'd suggest lowering your calorie intake to only 3200 calories, or 500 calories per day less than your current maintenance. A couple hundred more calories per day could help you preserve/build a couple pounds more of lean body mass, while not hindering your fat loss goals. Try this out for a couple weeks. If you are not losing 1 - 1.5 lbs a week, drop down to 3000. How much cardio are you doing right now? Remember, if you are increasing your cardio activity while cutting, your caloric mantenance estimate increases.

mr_hand
02-04-2002, 12:07 PM
Once you do your intial drop, then when do you decide to drop more, and then more, and so on?

TreeTrunks
02-04-2002, 12:09 PM
I also forgot to add I do minimal cardio, once a week maybe twice.

mr_hand
02-04-2002, 12:09 PM
As for cardio. I usually play racquetball twice a week for about 60 minutes.

gino
02-04-2002, 12:20 PM
Originally posted by mr_hand
Once you do your intial drop, then when do you decide to drop more, and then more, and so on?

Monitor your progress. If you're not progressing fast enough or too fast, make a change.

You're cardio is not going to increase during the next couple months? That's fine, but just making sure so that you don't have to recalculate your estimated maintenance calories.