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What are YOUR cutting calories?



  • LolalikeslolagetsLolalikeslolagets Posts: 128Member Member Posts: 128Member Member
    44 yr old female, active, lift 5xweek. 155bs 24-26% bf (guessing), I dunno, I wear a size 4.... Mfp wants me to cut at 1300 but I usually do 1450-1500. Currently maintaining at 2200 but thinking of a bulk maybe? This scale weight is messing with my head but I want I love food
  • happysquatterhappysquatter Posts: 33Member Member Posts: 33Member Member
    Nice thread, neat idea OP

    33 male, 5’7” 166~lbs and 23%~ bf. I’m slowly recomping. From a high of 28% in the summer at maybe 160-161

    I’m not doing anything drastic and I’m seeing results in the 2300 range for my activity level. Not a fan of undereating so 1900~ might be my lowest
  • CarbsAndCompoundsCarbsAndCompounds Posts: 199Member, Premium Member Posts: 199Member, Premium Member
    Female, 21, 5'4 140lbs. I cut on 1800cals
  • stephie_nycstephie_nyc Posts: 41Member Member Posts: 41Member Member
    5’4”, lightly active, powerlifting training, 34 years old

    Don’t know my weight now but I usually cut if I hit 148 lbs and I’ll eat 1500 with 10k steps. I like to have an aggressive two weeks in there around 1300 as well.
  • heybalesheybales Posts: 17,131Member Member Posts: 17,131Member Member
    I'm curious how you guys come up with your numbers compared to using the site calculator.

    IE the site tells me to eat 1650 calories to lose 2lbs a week but I can barely make my protein requirements alone on 1650. What does someone use (outside of personal XP) to gauge.

    Well - frankly the site tells you to eat 1650 based on YOUR selected non-exercise level - and that would only apply on days with no exercise.
    If you exercise it would be more than that on those days.

    If you are using it wrong though, like you have family household duties nights and weekends and therefore are Lightly-Active but you picked Sedentary - then extra deficit.

    If you don't log your workouts in order to eat more when you do more - then extra deficit.

    If that 2 lbs weekly is more than reasonable - then extra deficit.

    Do some combo of those things causing extra deficit - you could be causing some really sucky workouts compared to what you could do.
    And encouraging body to adapt in some negatives ways ruining the whole 2 lbs weekly desire.
  • 11Templars11Templars Posts: 362Member Member Posts: 362Member Member
    Male - 50yrs, 6'1 - lift 4 days a week, cardio 5 days a week, with 2 being HIIT.

    Currently @ 225lbs (winter weight). Cut to 205lbs in the spring (12 weeks) takes me to 10-11%Bf - 1800 cal for cutting, eating approx 2/3 earned cals takes me too average of 2400+ cals for cutting. I weigh all my food.
  • cosmiqrecoverycosmiqrecovery Posts: 131Member Member Posts: 131Member Member
    Oh my god that's cute you guys think 1750 is low. If I were to go on a cut this instant I'd have to be on about 1400 calories. Some calculators are even saying I'd need to go below 1200. :')
    edited November 30
  • giancarlov1191giancarlov1191 Posts: 199Member, Premium Member Posts: 199Member, Premium Member
    I hate to bring gender into it but it does apply, generally speaking
  • ChieflrgChieflrg Posts: 8,036Member Member Posts: 8,036Member Member
    Male- 50yrs, 6'3", 240, 14-16% bf, train 4x week, retired with minimal activity.

    I'd hazard 3000-3350 would be my cut range if I logged.

    About two years ago I was very active and would eat 6-8k a day on average and barely maintain weight around 225lbs.
  • slbbwslbbw Posts: 279Member Member Posts: 279Member Member
    5'5" female 145. gym 5 days a week with a mix of weights and running. cut is between 1500-1700 depending on how agressive I want to be. I have gone lower but my BF was higher at that time.
  • Alia_RAlia_R Posts: 405Member, Premium Member Posts: 405Member, Premium Member
    Geez, I think I’m the shortest one here 😂.

    Female, 5’1”, 157 lbs, I hit the weights 3x a week, Spin class 2x and then the remaining days I do calisthenics/cardio. Currently cutting at 1700 cals which seems to be working at the moment. I was recomping for a long time and decided it was time to change it up.
  • billkansasbillkansas Posts: 239Member Member Posts: 239Member Member
    I guess I must be a drastic cutter. I'm 6'-2", age 50, 200 lbs and cut best at 1600 calories per day. I only workout two days per week though and sit at a desk all day. Admittedly, I probably have too many cheat days but found that by shooting for 1600 calories (and not always hitting it) I can lose weight steadily. My strength did take a nosedive on my last cut. I'm super busy and barely get my two workouts in per week and don't get enough sleep.
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