The Five Biggest Contradictions in Fitness
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The Five Biggest Contradictions in Fitness

Itís no secret that when people contradict themselves, it has the effect of making the flaws in their actions or statements seem glaringly obvious. But what about when WE ourselves get caught contradicting ourselves by someone else?

By: Nick Tumminello Added: January 6th, 2014
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    There is no set caloric amounts or formulas....I can cut on 3k a day weighing 155 where some have to eat half of that. Its very individual.
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    That's true.. it is very individual.

    But you can get a decent estimate by using a basic calculation and then calibrate it by doing a subjective assessment of variables.

    I think multiplying bodyweight in lbs. x 12 cal/lb works good for the "average" person for a cutting diet...but you can calibrate the "12 cal/lb" by assessing these variables:
    - younger or older
    - metabolic rate
    - Are you fidgety? (i.e. can't stop from moving around, constantly tapping your foot or something)
    - activity level
    - environment (i.e. hot or cold)

    So you could get a better initial estimate of caloric intake by answering these questions...

    ...To give you an example, someone who is younger, has a fast metabolism (even for his/her age), is "fidgety," is very active (not counting workouts) and spends lots of time during the day in a hotter environment. This person would get much more accurate results of caloric needs for cutting by using a calculation of, say bodyweight in lbs. x 18 cal/lb instead of 12 cal/lb.

    But again it is just an estimate and it requires some real-life trial and error for sure.
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