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    Been eating 1500 Calories a day

    For the past 3 weeks. Today ALMOST had 455 locked out on deads, which would have been about a 30lb PR (since I started my cut that it). Also I havent ate today yet, trying to do IF for awhile to break the monotony of my diet and kind of kick myself in the ass a bit.

    I feel like I can maintain these calories for awhile, havent noticed any loss of strength or anything, but what do you guys think? I switched to 1500 for days I dont lift, but have stuck with it on days I do work out, have almost dropped cardio completely from my workout routine btw.

    Thoughts? Advice?

    edit almost forget my biggest question. Since I wasnt able to eat before my workout today is it really that big of a deal if I eat my calories afterwards? I mean i realize its not good but 1 day aint gonna kill me right?
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    Should be absolutely no problem in the short term. You should see a lot of fat loss. Once you hit 165-170, I'd up it a bit, though. However, if you're exchanging eating less for cardio, that might not be the best idea. I hate cardio but having a good routine has health benefits outside of just creating a deficit for fat loss.
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    InB4 starvation mode BS
    InB4 too low calorie BS

    If it works for you...do it. At this point the proof is in the pudding. You're down what? 60 pounds? And hitting PRs in lifts?
    A diet isn't punishment. A diet is a way to reward your body with the wholesome, nutritious food that it needs. Your body composition is a direct reflection of what you put in your mouth.
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    Quit now dude.

    PRs are your body telling you its in life/death mode, and causing super strength at an attempt to allow you to hunt/kill animals quicker before your body begins to turn muscle to fat, and brain matter into karatin (finger nails).















    But really...it obviously is working. You should see kickass results...or well, more kickass results than you have seen already.
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    Originally Posted by cyco85 View Post
    Should be absolutely no problem in the short term. You should see a lot of fat loss. Once you hit 165-170, I'd up it a bit, though. However, if you're exchanging eating less for cardio, that might not be the best idea. I hate cardio but having a good routine has health benefits outside of just creating a deficit for fat loss.
    Its more of a time problem, working 10 hour days, gotta lift in between jobs lol Liftin>cardio
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    Originally Posted by bigollie2006 View Post
    Its more of a time problem, working 10 hour days, gotta lift in between jobs lol Liftin>cardio
    Haha definitely. Keep it up!
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    awesome work op. im cutting on IF at about 1500 cals as well and my strength has been going up each week. keep it up!
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    Silly question but what is meant by PR?
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    Originally Posted by bigbadsad View Post
    Silly question but what is meant by PR?
    Personal record

    My past pr was 500 before I got out of shape, since I have started again, 415 was been where I have been stuck at.
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    I'm with you OP. Since I started my cut I am averaging 12-1500 cals a day. I have seen nothing but strength gains the whole time. Obviously I know that isn't sustainable forever, but I'm enjoying it while it lasts.
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    [unrelated] Damn. I was feeling good about losing 40 lbs since October and now I see you've lost 60 in the same timeframe. GJDM!
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    I’m a 6’0, 26 y/o Male. Been dieting for 7 weeks, lost 14 pounds from 204 to my current 190. By navy method I am currently 18% BF, range of 17-19 to be fair. Started from about 25%.

    I was eating 1800 calories but in between week 5-6 changed it to 1500 calories. Macros per day are 50C/30P/15-20F. I only eat food with nutritional information written and have a gram scale that I absolutely ALWAYS use to weigh food very carefully. (I even weigh my milk assuming that 1 ounce = 30mL = 30grams… yes perhaps a little neurotic)

    I have lost 2 pounds per week consistently and want to keep going that way until about 9%.

    From past experience I know that losing weight is ordinarily difficult for me so I do roughly 700 calories of cardio OR cardio + strength training per day (always 700 calories or close as measured by several websites and the treadmill itself with my weight plugged in). I have been improving slightly but mostly remaining the same on all my lifts.

    I just did a reefed day and my energy levels increased dramatically from the usual sluggish feeling I was having for the past 2 weeks.

    My question is: I am basically consuming about 1500-700 = 800 calories per day. Can I either decrease my cardio or increase my calories eaten? Or because I have been going this way for a while (successfully) I should keep going lest I stall. It is important that my goal is reached by the second week of June which, if I keep losing 2 pounds per week, I will.
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    Originally Posted by a508848 View Post
    I’m a 6’0, 26 y/o Male. Been dieting for 7 weeks, lost 14 pounds from 204 to my current 190. By navy method I am currently 18% BF, range of 17-19 to be fair. Started from about 25%.

    I was eating 1800 calories but in between week 5-6 changed it to 1500 calories. Macros per day are 50C/30P/15-20F. I only eat food with nutritional information written and have a gram scale that I absolutely ALWAYS use to weigh food very carefully. (I even weigh my milk assuming that 1 ounce = 30mL = 30grams… yes perhaps a little neurotic)

    I have lost 2 pounds per week consistently and want to keep going that way until about 9%.

    From past experience I know that losing weight is ordinarily difficult for me so I do roughly 700 calories of cardio OR cardio + strength training per day (always 700 calories or close as measured by several websites and the treadmill itself with my weight plugged in). I have been improving slightly but mostly remaining the same on all my lifts.

    I just did a reefed day and my energy levels increased dramatically from the usual sluggish feeling I was having for the past 2 weeks.

    My question is: I am basically consuming about 1500-700 = 800 calories per day. Can I either decrease my cardio or increase my calories eaten? Or because I have been going this way for a while (successfully) I should keep going lest I stall. It is important that my goal is reached by the second week of June which, if I keep losing 2 pounds per week, I will.
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    srsly
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    Sorry about that. I was deciding which thread to post my question in when my internet connection became flaky. I hadn't realized I posted in both.

    Yes, I'd appreciate more opinions, please answer in the other thread.
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    Originally Posted by Locavore View Post
    [unrelated] Damn. I was feeling good about losing 40 lbs since October and now I see you've lost 60 in the same timeframe. GJDM!
    Thanks, yeah I was pretty big and lost alot pretty quick at first

    Edit reps for dropping 40, quite and accomplishment awesome job
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    Originally Posted by Locavore View Post
    [unrelated] Damn. I was feeling good about losing 40 lbs since October and now I see you've lost 60 in the same timeframe. GJDM!

    That's still incredible.

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    Originally Posted by bigollie2006 View Post
    For the past 3 weeks. Today ALMOST had 455 locked out on deads, which would have been about a 30lb PR (since I started my cut that it). Also I havent ate today yet, trying to do IF for awhile to break the monotony of my diet and kind of kick myself in the ass a bit.

    I feel like I can maintain these calories for awhile, havent noticed any loss of strength or anything, but what do you guys think? I switched to 1500 for days I dont lift, but have stuck with it on days I do work out, have almost dropped cardio completely from my workout routine btw.

    Thoughts? Advice?

    edit almost forget my biggest question. Since I wasnt able to eat before my workout today is it really that big of a deal if I eat my calories afterwards? I mean i realize its not good but 1 day aint gonna kill me right?
    i was just wondering how ur body respondes when u go back to eating at a more normal level of calories and also how long do u stay eating this number?
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    Originally Posted by drwho19 View Post
    i was just wondering how ur body respondes when u go back to eating at a more normal level of calories and also how long do u stay eating this number?
    I am going to stay at this level until I start seeing negative effects. I will do a gradual increase back to maintenance but then I am immediately "clean bulking" so some weight gain is to be expected
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    Is it safe to cut to 1500 cals eating but then also do hiit running for 15 minutes 3 out of the seven days. For a 16 year old that is.
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    Originally Posted by Afroseth View Post
    Is it safe to cut to 1500 cals eating but then also do hiit running for 15 minutes 3 out of the seven days. For a 16 year old that is.
    No. VLCD (very low calorie dieting) and high intensity cardio don't play well together. At the best you'll be spinning the wheels. At 1500 you shouldn't need any cardio at all
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    Originally Posted by midcoastking33 View Post
    No. VLCD (very low calorie dieting) and high intensity cardio don't play well together. At the best you'll be spinning the wheels. At 1500 you shouldn't need any cardio at all
    I figured It would just speed up the fat loss. I do weight lifting with all of it to? Should I be eating more?
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    Originally Posted by Afroseth View Post
    I figured It would just speed up the fat loss. I do weight lifting with all of it to? Should I be eating more?
    There have been times that I maintained a 5-day lifting split on 1500 cals a day, but I didn't do cardio with it. Actually, I take that back. In the beginning of my journey I did, mainly because I was kinda uninformed. But now, I wouldn't do cardio on 1500 cals, maybe some light LISS on non-lifting days. Not HIIT.
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    Originally Posted by bigollie2006 View Post
    I am going to stay at this level until I start seeing negative effects. I will do a gradual increase back to maintenance but then I am immediately "clean bulking" so some weight gain is to be expected
    my only suggest is be carful how long ur on it because i was eating around that and my body got used to it so eventually when i wanted to increase to normal i had a pretty big weight gain.
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    Originally Posted by Afroseth View Post
    Is it safe to cut to 1500 cals eating but then also do hiit running for 15 minutes 3 out of the seven days. For a 16 year old that is.
    no it really isnt.You should lose fine at 2500 or maybe a little lower.Dont go under 2000. Be patient if your trying to lose weight.No need to go to 1500kcal.Im speaking from experience here.If you have no muscle like i didnt dont reduce calories and workout like a mad man. I went from 160 to 135 in like 12 weeks.I looked like a skeleton.I began to eat again and got to 150 nearly all fat gain.From 8% to 14%.Now from bulking i've gained 30 pounds and only 2% more bodyfat.at 16% now.If your not at your goal bigness then dont cut. and dont cut at 1500kcal that is craziness.Its not healthy to destroy your metabolism
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    Originally Posted by CarlGN View Post
    awesome work op. im cutting on IF at about 1500 cals as well and my strength has been going up each week. keep it up!
    your 5'11 and 164lbs.what the fuuuuuuuuuuu are you going down to 1500kcal for.Why are you cutting?bulk the phuck up man.You will regret looking at bigger guys who lift more than you cos they bulk up and lean down when its really time to.god ive made that mistake and you dont want to do it.It doesnt do anything good for you and it destroys your metabolism.Dont do it
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    Originally Posted by Roniboney View Post
    your 5'11 and 164lbs.what the fuuuuuuuuuuu are you going down to 1500kcal for.Why are you cutting?bulk the phuck up man.You will regret looking at bigger guys who lift more than you cos they bulk up and lean down when its really time to.god ive made that mistake and you dont want to do it.It doesnt do anything good for you and it destroys your metabolism.Dont do it
    Being much smaller and lifting heavier than those "big guys" is better
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    Originally Posted by bigollie2006 View Post
    Being much smaller and lifting heavier than those "big guys" is better
    i get that but dude your a good half a foot smaller than some one of those guys.Its different for a manlet who can look huge at 5'6 165 ripped.If he's 5'11 at 164 and wants to cut i can almost guarantee that he hasnt enough muscle to cut to.THough i am assuming here but lets be realistic.How many huge guys at 6 fott and 5'11 at 160 do you see.Not very many cos its harder to fill out.Dude i myself have gained 30lbs.Its pretty much made me look normal.I'll have to go over 210 to look big
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    Originally Posted by Roniboney View Post
    your 5'11 and 164lbs.what the fuuuuuuuuuuu are you going down to 1500kcal for.Why are you cutting?bulk the phuck up man.You will regret looking at bigger guys who lift more than you cos they bulk up and lean down when its really time to.god ive made that mistake and you dont want to do it.It doesnt do anything good for you and it destroys your metabolism.Dont do it
    His goals are HIS goals, not yours. OP posted to get advice from other people about eating 1500 calories towards his goals, not to have someone tell him what he should do with his own body.

    Cutting at 1500 shouldn't be a problem at all. I cut at 1300-1400 and got to 162 to 155 lbs in 4 weeks; trying to get to 145-150 lbs. If he feels that he can do it, then why not do it?

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    Originally Posted by Roniboney View Post
    i get that but dude your a good half a foot smaller than some one of those guys.Its different for a manlet who can look huge at 5'6 165 ripped.If he's 5'11 at 164 and wants to cut i can almost guarantee that he hasnt enough muscle to cut to.THough i am assuming here but lets be realistic.How many huge guys at 6 fott and 5'11 at 160 do you see.Not very many cos its harder to fill out.Dude i myself have gained 30lbs.Its pretty much made me look normal.I'll have to go over 210 to look big
    Originally Posted by Travis2310 View Post
    His goals are HIS goals, not yours. OP posted to get advice from other people about eating 1500 calories towards his goals, not to have someone tell him what he should do with his own body.

    Cutting at 1500 shouldn't be a problem at all. I cut at 1300-1400 and got to 162 to 155 lbs in 4 weeks; trying to get to 145-150 lbs. If he feels that he can do it, then why not do it?

    Looking "bigger" is overrated.
    ^ What Travis2310 said. I'm 5'11'' and 167 and cutting a few more lbs (cutting at 2k though) but I'm going for a lean, shredded look... not trying to walk around with forearms the size of newborns. I'll lean-bulk when I get to my ideal bf, and I bounce my calories to 3k+ weekly to keep my metabolism up.

    Seriously though, even though this is a bodybuilding website, not everyone wants to be huge.
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