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    Ending my first cut, some help needed pls.

    Ive been cutting for 17 days on an average of 2000 calories a day. I have lost nearly 6lb which works out at about 2.5lb per week.

    I want to up my calories now to gain muscle but im not too sure what to up them to?

    This is the first time i have tracked macros so i do not know what my maintenance is, all i know is that i lost 2.5 pounds per week at 2000 calories.

    Im a hard gainer so dont want to go crazy on the calories and put on too much fat, can anyone advise on how much i should up them to?

    Also do i increase them gradually or just jump from what im on now?

    Thanks.
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    I suspect a large chunk of that was water weight which will come back when you start eating normally again. I would continue for another 2 weeks or so and then come back to maintenance if you want to lock in a genuine 6lb fat loss.

    If you have a firm idea of maintenance calories, there is no reason you can't end a cut just by moving directly to maintenance. You don't suddenly regain fat - although like I said, you could regain water weight so you have to be ready for that.
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