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).
07-18-2012, 11:43 AM #1
Help reaching lower body fat % (Pictures included - before and after)
07-18-2012, 02:59 PM #2
07-18-2012, 03:15 PM #3
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07-18-2012, 08:42 PM #4
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07-19-2012, 04:25 AM #6
Don't go as low as 1500, losing weight from where you are has to be taken slowly.
Hav you tried leangains? A lot of people seem to be making great Progress on it.
To be homer though, you're already lean, much leaner than myself, you only really need to lose another 3-4 lbs of frat before you're ripped bro
07-19-2012, 04:52 AM #7
Do you recommend me to bump up the calories a bit, to about 1800? Or go back to where I started. When I started my diet, I think it was around 2000-2200 calories a day.
My goal is to get as ripped as possible by 3 weeks.
I have never heard of leangains but it seems interesting after a quick read on it. But skipping breakfast? I love my breakfast!
07-19-2012, 10:54 AM #8
id say keep doing whats working for you.
many would say 1500 is quite low, others will say it all depends on your body. Hence why we will start at a certain point and decrease our macros to find the right fit for us. Everybody is different. long as you get all of your nutrients and vitamins.
I can confidently say you are very close to your goal. another 5-6 lbs of solid fat loss and you will be there.
Now since you probably had reached a new low BF%. Id say keep doing what you are doing until you hit a wall THEN you should be looking into changing your diet. From your pics I can see a natural progression.
if you dont see any difference in 3-4 weeks then increase ur diet
07-19-2012, 11:20 AM #9
no where close to 13%. id say you fall in between 8-10%. you dont have any fat to pinch so you have to be lower than 13%.M.S. - Exercise Physiology
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07-19-2012, 11:25 AM #10
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I agree. If it's working for you...keep it pushing until you hit a wall then look to changing it.
I actually wanted to ask you what your diet is like exactly...in terms of what you eat..because I am 5'7 myself and weigh 150 lbs and Im looking to get into single digit bodyfat..but im still not cutting yet as I want some more mass on my chest (so I guess I still have to keep going up in weight first)
07-19-2012, 11:31 AM #11
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Look good bro.
1500 is crazy low for someone working out 5 days a week. I would honestly slow weight loss down to .5lb-1lb per week if you still want to get leaner.
You could always reverse diet to maintenance and start a slooooooooooooow bulk from now until next march or so. Then cut for summer. You will look beastly. You're quite aestetich at this level of leanness and i wouldn't waste time adding lbm if i were u.Log: http://forum.bodybuilding.com/showthread.php?t=161354653&page=1
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07-19-2012, 11:37 AM #12
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While I'm nowhere close to being as muscular (or as shredded) as you, I'm trying to lose a bit of fat (pretty much from my midsection). I'm currently at 140 lbs, and probably around the 20-25% bf range.
Given that we're the same height, I'm targeting around 1400 calories/day, and work out 5 days a week. I usually eat a little more (~1800-2000 -- really depends on the day) and burn most of the overage through my workouts.
That said, I do not have as much muscle to lose as you, and more fat to lose. So, you may want to take it a little more slowly.
07-19-2012, 12:24 PM #13
Im going to try to keep my calories on 1500-1700 until mid august, and depending on how I look im probably going to go back to maintenance and start a slow bulk like you say. Try to put on more muscle till next summer BEASTMODE for those of you who watch Chris Jones on youtube.
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07-19-2012, 12:25 PM #14
This is what I ate yesterday.
Oat meal - 40 grams
Peanut butter - 20 grams
Protein shake - 40 grams
Half of a banana - 60 grams
Calories= 450 Kcal
Protein= 45g Carbs= 37g Fat= 13g
Meal 2 (Post workout):
Ground beef - 200 grams
Broccoli - 100 grams
Mushrooms, tomatoes and onion - 100 grams
Brown rice - 50 grams (cooked)
Calories= 470 Kcal
Protein= 38g Carbs= 41g Fat= 12g
Same as meal 2.
Calories= 470 Kcal
Protein= 38g Carbs= 41g Fat= 12g
Egg whites - 250g
3 slices of ham - 36g
Mushrooms - 35 g
Protein= 31g Carbs= 3g Fat= 1.73g
Protein shake - 40g
Peanut butter - 20g
Protein= 39g Carbs= 4g Fat= 11g
Total Calories= 1633
Protein= 205 Carbs= 93 Fat= 48g