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thc sargon
05-19-2018, 09:28 AM
I’ve been lifting and tracking my calories for last 10 years. Last year at age 35 I was 191 lbs and 12% bf. I was happy and like my mass. I broke my back in November me end up gaining 35 lbs from obvious poor dieting and not moving. I had depression.

Now, I’m getting back to it and hired a personal trainer that trains pro bodybuilders. They look great. To cut weight, I’m 225. He said eat 2700 calories, for last month I gained 7 pounds. He’s adamant it will work and I will retain the mass thst I do have. I used to cut on 2k calories. I honestly, don’t know what to do. To I keep paying him and listening to him or should I do my own thing. I would like to get into amateur bodybuilding if possible so, I want to believe this will work.

Sry for long post but I appreciate the comments.

formicaman
05-19-2018, 10:41 AM
If you gained 7 pounds on 2700 calories, that's clearly above your maintenance. Gotta lower it

thc sargon
05-19-2018, 03:04 PM
THAts what comman sense tells you but this guy tells me to trust him and the process the people he trains look phenomal. He said that my body is in starvatIon mode if I don’t eat 2700 calories.

Heisman2
05-19-2018, 05:38 PM
If you are exercising a good amount it is extremely unlikely you gained 7 pounds in one month while eating 2700 kcal daily at a bodyweight of ~225 pounds unless you have some sort of medical condition or if you are not tracking accurately.

thc sargon
05-19-2018, 06:14 PM
Well if I should cut on 1800-2000 calories I’m eating a minimum of 700 extra
Calories a day. Which would translate to over a pound a week, so it might be possible.

thc sargon
05-19-2018, 06:16 PM
My other question would be since I experience major trauma, can that mess up my metabolism for an extended period of time?

Heisman2
05-19-2018, 06:18 PM
No, that's not how this works. When we cut our BMR and NEAT tend to downregulate some. Thus there is usually a window of calories where our weight will be fairly even.

Put another way, if you can cut at a decent rate at 1800-2000 kcal daily, your maintenance is going to be quite a bit above 2000 kcal.


An injury should not impact your metabolism long term.