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    1700 Calories enough?

    Hi guys I'm new to this forum and I just had a question. I'm a 6'0 19 year old male that weighs about 225 bs. I just started my weight loss journey recently and I wanted to know if 1700 was a healthy calorie deficit (I work out around 2-3 times a week). Thanks.
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    That's too low to start with.
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    It depends. Is a lot of your 225 weight muscle or mostly fat?
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    I'm not too sure but most probably fat
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    A good start If your really not sure is 10calxweight. So try 2250cal for 1-2 weeks and if your loosing too much weight or your too hungry try 11-13xweight. If your More active the higher the number.
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    Find your tdee and go from there. 1700 cals is way too little.
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    Originally Posted by idkwhyj View Post
    Hi guys I'm new to this forum and I just had a question. I'm a 6'0 19 year old male that weighs about 225 bs. I just started my weight loss journey recently and I wanted to know if 1700 was a healthy calorie deficit (I work out around 2-3 times a week). Thanks.
    If you have a fairly high bodyfat percentage (i.e. 25%+), then 1700 is *probably* okay, but without knowing more information, it's hard to say.

    You might be better off starting at 2,000 calories/day instead and seeing how your weight changes over the course of a few weeks. Then you can adjust as needed once you get a better sense of your TDEE.
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    1700 calories consumed or 1700 deficit? 1700 consumed maybe fine depending on your activity level. Best judge is by results, i.e. Check your average weight loss over 3 weeks, if you are losing much more than 1% a week and not severely obese it is too low. 1% a week is a good high target until you get below 20% bf, then it will get progressively harder.
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    Would be helpful to know what your calorie intake has been recently and if you have been gaining, loosing for maintaining. Once those details are known it would be easier to say if 1700 is correct or not.
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    Wow, I haven't even been on this site since I made the post. Just an update: I stuck to my 1700-1800 calorie a day diet and I now weigh 175 pounds. Starting my bulking journey, thanks so much for the advice everyone. If anyone on this forum is reading this because they want to start their weight loss journey, just go for it! Best decision of my life
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    1,700 is fine if you have a fairly high bodyfat amount. The problem is adaption and compliance with going that low right off the bat. start a bit higher and lower as you become accustomed to the previous calorie amount.
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    Originally Posted by idkwhyj View Post
    Wow, I haven't even been on this site since I made the post. Just an update: I stuck to my 1700-1800 calorie a day diet and I now weigh 175 pounds. Starting my bulking journey, thanks so much for the advice everyone. If anyone on this forum is reading this because they want to start their weight loss journey, just go for it! Best decision of my life
    good job sticking with what works for you
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    Originally Posted by Tommy W. View Post
    1,700 is fine if you have a fairly high bodyfat amount. The problem is adaption and compliance with going that low right off the bat. start a bit higher and lower as you become accustomed to the previous calorie amount.
    See post #10, he already lost the weight and is now bulking.

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    Originally Posted by xsquid99 View Post
    See post #10, he already lost the weight and is now bulking.

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    good to hear the 1700 worked. Didn’t read #10
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    I eat about 1800 calories per day. Ive lost weight really fast but i was also at least 25-28% bodyfat. Once i get around 15-16% i will likely increase my calories and lose weight slower so i preserve the strength and muscle mass i have
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    Originally Posted by idkwhyj View Post
    Wow, I haven't even been on this site since I made the post. Just an update: I stuck to my 1700-1800 calorie a day diet and I now weigh 175 pounds. Starting my bulking journey, thanks so much for the advice everyone. If anyone on this forum is reading this because they want to start their weight loss journey, just go for it! Best decision of my life
    Did you lose much muscle going with 1700? I am currently cutting with around 1500 calories (200g protein), been doing it for about 6 weeks, have gone from 240 to 213 as of today. I am actually quite a bit more muscular, my lifts have gone up about 45 lbs, but that is muscle memory kicking in after a 2 year break from the gym.
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    Originally Posted by pallison1974 View Post
    Did you lose much muscle going with 1700? I am currently cutting with around 1500 calories (200g protein), been doing it for about 6 weeks, have gone from 240 to 213 as of today. I am actually quite a bit more muscular, my lifts have gone up about 45 lbs, but that is muscle memory kicking in after a 2 year break from the gym.
    I went down from 220 to 180 within 5 months, but I started eating **** again (pretty much only carbs) and gained fat back (in like 2 months) and ended up being 195-200 pounds. I was trying to cut but I was eating pretty much only carbs (stressed and just campus food) and ended up being skinny fat and losing all my muscle. I honestly still think I'm still skinny fat (nowhere as bad as before) and I'm starting my bulk to fix things up. I would say focus on preserving your muscle, I was really obsessed with losing the weight that I didn't try hard enough to keep my muscle. You live and you learn though, I'm still much happier now than I was 50 pounds heavier
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    Thanks everyone! You guys are awesome, crazy how you all taking a few minutes out of your day to give some advice can really change the course of someone's life. This is a great forum.
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    Originally Posted by idkwhyj View Post
    I went down from 220 to 180 within 5 months, but I started eating **** again (pretty much only carbs) and gained fat back (in like 2 months) and ended up being 195-200 pounds. I was trying to cut but I was eating pretty much only carbs (stressed and just campus food) and ended up being skinny fat and losing all my muscle. I honestly still think I'm still skinny fat (nowhere as bad as before) and I'm starting my bulk to fix things up. I would say focus on preserving your muscle, I was really obsessed with losing the weight that I didn't try hard enough to keep my muscle. You live and you learn though, I'm still much happier now than I was 50 pounds heavier
    You live and learn, everyone has their own preferences I've done a bad cut in the past and lost a lot of my muscle but I honestly find it so easy to bulk and it doesn't take me long either. Lift heavy and gorge on shakes, peanut butter and milk.
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