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    I have read the sticky on figuring my TDEE. My conundrum lies in where to start. I calculated using both my current weight (211 - YUCK!😝) and my goal weight (160). My goal weight is not a "hard" number as I'm mainly concerned with strength and health, but it's a point to strive for. If I stop and maintain before I get there.....eehhh...no big deal. So the numbers I get from the linked calculator in the sticky are as follows:

    Current weight:
    maintenance: 2395
    fat loss: 1916
    extreme fat loss: 1688

    Goal weight:
    maintenance: 2067
    fat loss: 1653
    extreme fat loss: 1280

    I just started another round of LIIFT4 on Beachbody (which is combo weights with some HIIT). I gained weight but lost 3.5" the last round. I still need to calculate my protein and fat numbers (I assume I use current weight for that), but what should I start with on the total calories? Should I start with goal weight maintenance amount and adjust from there? Should I just use current weight numbers and re-calculate as I lose?

    I'm a total newbie when it comes to lifting heavy or even semi-heavy. I also have an auto-immune disease that can affect my muscles, so I want to stay strong to keep that under control (I have full approval for workouts from doctor BTW). But I also want to make sure I'm taking care of myself while I do this, and do it as healthily as I can.

    So....what's your thought/opinions? Thanks in advance!
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    At 211 pounds fat loss is a good idea. 1900 sounds like a good starting point. Don't worry, you can still gain muscle and strength in a deficit.

    You want to lose about a pound per week.
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    Originally Posted by Mrpb View Post
    At 211 pounds fat loss is a good idea. 1900 sounds like a good starting point. Don't worry, you can still gain muscle and strength in a deficit.

    You want to lose about a pound per week.
    Thanks for the input! That's kind of where I was leaning but didn't want to short change myself while lifting. I guess I'll start there and see what happens. MyFitnessPal always wants to only give me about 1600-1700 cals and I just feel like I'm STARVING! Could also be the combos that I'm eating, which I'll look at that too.

    Anywho....thanks again!
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    Originally Posted by BGP78 View Post
    Thanks for the input! That's kind of where I was leaning but didn't want to short change myself while lifting. I guess I'll start there and see what happens. MyFitnessPal always wants to only give me about 1600-1700 cals and I just feel like I'm STARVING! Could also be the combos that I'm eating, which I'll look at that too.

    Anywho....thanks again!
    If you feel like you're starving that's definitely a sign that something is wrong. Too little calories, not enough food volume, not enough fiber, not enough protein etc.

    You could even start at 2000 kcal and see what happens. It will likely make it easier to gain muscle and strength.

    Here's a good read on how to set your macros and diet composition: https://forum.bodybuilding.com/showt...3439001&page=1
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    Originally Posted by Mrpb View Post
    If you feel like you're starving that's definitely a sign that something is wrong. Too little calories, not enough food volume, not enough fiber, not enough protein etc.

    You could even start at 2000 kcal and see what happens. It will likely make it easier to gain muscle and strength.
    That link is where I found the place to get those numbers above 😁. But I DO need to sit down and do the rest of my calculations. Do you know of a good app that will let you track the macros as grams instead of percentage? MyFitnessPal only wants to do percentage unless I pay the monthly fee for Premium status. Samsung health doesn't do it either (that app kind of frustrates me anyway).
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    Originally Posted by BGP78 View Post
    That link is where I found the place to get those numbers above . But I DO need to sit down and do the rest of my calculations. Do you know of a good app that will let you track the macros as grams instead of percentage? MyFitnessPal only wants to do percentage unless I pay the monthly fee for Premium status. Samsung health doesn't do it either (that app kind of frustrates me anyway).
    I just use the free Myfitnesspal and set the macros as I want them. If I need 140 gram protein I adjust the percentages so that it comes out at 140 gram.

    There are other apps but I don't like them as much as MFP.
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    Originally Posted by Mrpb View Post
    I just use the free Myfitnesspal and set the macros as I want them. If I need 140 gram protein I adjust the percentages so that it comes out at 140 gram.

    There are other apps but I don't like them as much as MFP.
    Ok, I'll just play around with MFP, then.

    Thanks so much for the help!
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