Hi, im a new member here but not new to working out. Im 23 years old and started to lift when I was 16 with little experience. Over the last years I have been more serious with my training and dieting. But im no pro when it comes to dieting.
I have been "dieting" for 8 weeks now and started when I was at around 162.8 lbs.
When dieting I didn´t measure my food like I´ve done these past weeks, but from measuring now I think my my calorie intake at that time was at around 2000-2500.
With macros looking something like, Protein: 250 gram, Carbs: 150 gram, Fat: 60-70 gram.
I have always eaten clean and measured my food by eye, you guys know what I mean. After so many times you just know how much the meat weighs by looking at it.
But I wanted to know exactly how much I ate, so I started to measure my food on the scale again.
After 8 weeks I have definitely lost body fat as my abs are more visible and I dropped some pounds. However my goal is to get ripped as much as I can by the end of this summer, so I can start on my lean bulk and put on some mass again.
I workout intense 5 days a week, heavy weights even with a calorie deficit. I have gotten stronger while dieting.
Now after measuring and some thinking, I want to go lower on my calories, 1500 Kcal. I have read some threads on the forum about 1500 Cal a day diet and their are many members who dont recommend going that low. But with my height and weight taken in consideration, I think its doable for me. I have done this for a week now and don´t have any problems with working out.
Bodyfat: 10-13%? (Judging from other members on the forum).
My current macros are: Protein 205 gram, Carbs 100 gram (60 gram on off days), Fat 45-50 grams.
Calories: 1500 Cal +/- 20%
With 1500 calories I manage to get 5 meals and dont go around hungry.
Whats your guys opinion on this? Should I stick to the 1500 Cal or increase? Any other tips a welcome.
I attach some photos of me when I started the diet and some photos I took recently. (Sorry for the quality, they are taken with different camera phones).