Cutting TIps?

Im currently on my cutting phase, hope to lose 15-20lbs of fat, then start bulking. Does anyone have any tips that may have helped them? So far I've been keeping my carbs low, fats moderate (healthy fats), and proteins high (2g per body lb.) I hit the weight room hard four days out of the week and cardio every other day.

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  • djeffreys10
    djeffreys10 Posts: 2,312 Member
    Considering you will not be building muscle on a cut, there is no reason to be that high on protein. No reason not to be, either. But you could easily cut back to 1-1.2g/lb of body weight and it be suffecient.

    I maintained about 0.3-0.4g/lb of fat during mine, which left plenty of room in my diet for less calorie dense food to actually keep me full. Your workouts look good, just don't go too large in your deficit (10-20%, maximum of 25% but better to be 20% or less) so as to maintain muscle mass, along with your protein and lifting. Good luck!
  • JeremiahStone
    JeremiahStone Posts: 682 Member
    Considering you will not be building muscle on a cut, there is no reason to be that high on protein. No reason not to be, either. But you could easily cut back to 1-1.2g/lb of body weight and it be suffecient.

    I maintained about 0.3-0.4g/lb of fat during mine, which left plenty of room in my diet for less calorie dense food to actually keep me full. Your workouts look good, just don't go too large in your deficit (10-20%, maximum of 25% but better to be 20% or less) so as to maintain muscle mass, along with your protein and lifting. Good luck!

    Thanks!
  • iarelarry
    iarelarry Posts: 201 Member
    I'm still on my cut (been ~7 months so far and counting) and have learned a few things along the way:

    1) Carbs are your friend - don't hesitate to increase carbs. More carbs = better performance = more muscle. Just be sure to stay in a calorie deficit of about -500 calories from maintenance.

    2) Protein is not that godly - try scaling down on protein until you find a good range that allows your body to still recover . Use the extra calories towards carbs instead.

    Use the mirror as your guide and cut slowly. Oh yea, refeeds are pretty important (for psychological reasons and to replenish glycogen stores and to release beneficial hormones (leptin?))

    GL!