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nostruggle
10-05-2014, 06:54 PM
Just wondering, because it seems as if heavier people require more calories opposed to skinnier\leaner people? So basically, if you lose weight... to maintain that current weight (BF around lets say... mine for example: 12-13%) i'll have to eat around the same cals that I used to cut in order to maintain that weight without gaining fat? Providing I'm still lifting 3 times a week.

BeauFlexington
10-05-2014, 07:04 PM
Work out the TDEE of a 200lb/20%BF lifter, activity factor 1.5, and TDEE of a 178lb/10%BF lifter, activity factor 1.5

nostruggle
10-05-2014, 07:12 PM
Work out the TDEE of a 200lb/20%BF lifter, activity factor 1.5, and TDEE of a 178lb/10%BF lifter, activity factor 1.5

Oh okay I see your point.

AFC96
10-05-2014, 07:24 PM
After cutting you can reverse diet and increase your calories without gaining weight or even losing some more. I am not sure how that works though, i hope some other posters can help.

emceegrendel
10-05-2014, 07:32 PM
After cutting you can reverse diet and increase your calories without gaining weight or even losing some more. I am not sure how that works though, i hope some other posters can help.

i've heard quite a few things about reverse dieting after a cut, but it kind of got put in the backburner. might have to look into that again.

nostruggle
10-06-2014, 12:11 PM
Any more insight?

Jasonk282
10-06-2014, 12:14 PM
After cutting you can reverse diet and increase your calories without gaining weight or even losing some more. I am not sure how that works though, i hope some other posters can help.

So slowly add calories back in until the scale moves.

So say you've been cutting on 1660 and hit your goal weight, the following week you'll eat 1760, then 1860, then 1960, etc...until you see the scale moving up.

At least that's my understanding of it

TheLongRun
10-06-2014, 12:49 PM
The mere fact of weighing less will reduce your TDEE. It takes less energy to move less weight. When I was 25lbs heavier, I maintained on 2700, and now I maintain around 2400.

Don't believe me, strap 30 lbs. of dead weight across yourself for a day, and see how exhausted you feel by the end of the day.

gbullock32
10-06-2014, 02:02 PM
Fat burns calories just to maintain it, so does muscle (muscle burns more though); so yes losing fat will in and of itself lower TDEE.