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Do you eat less on rest days when cutting?

Sathmix2020xSathmix2020x Posts: 1Member Member Posts: 1Member Member
I currently train 4-6 per week. I eat 1600 cals. It might seem too low but trust me it’s not. I am only 5.2ft. I am just wondering on rest days do you eat the same amount or less?!!

Thanks x


  • sardelsasardelsa Posts: 8,804Member Member Posts: 8,804Member Member
    I look at overall calories for the week, but generally yes I eat less on non-lifting/cardio days when I'm cutting and calorie cycling. Sometimes I have a complete rest day on a weekend and I will eat in surplus. So it really depends on how I feel and my schedule.

    You don't have to overcomplicate it though, go by how you feel and just make sure your overall deficit works out.
  • Talan79Talan79 Posts: 582Member Member Posts: 582Member Member
    I’m also 5”2. My calories are already low, so I don’t go lower. With my NEAT, I’m still in a deficit on a rest day.
  • astridthevikingastridtheviking Posts: 113Member Member Posts: 113Member Member
    On days I workout, I usually eat back those calories but remain around 1500-1600 (depending on my hunger for the day), with usually 100-300 calories burned, depending on my activities of the day. On rest days, with 0 exercise calories, I typically try to eat around 1400-1500. I tend to feel a little hungrier on rest days than on days I have a satisfying workout, not sure if that's a mental thing or a physical reaction or what.
  • sijomialsijomial Posts: 15,973Member Member Posts: 15,973Member Member
    In the sense I eat more when I exercise you or a very high activity day could say I eat less on a rest day.
    Can't remeber when I last had a rest day though!
  • nighthawk584nighthawk584 Posts: 1,661Member Member Posts: 1,661Member Member
    I don't rest. I workout 7 days a week
  • cupcakesandproteinshakescupcakesandproteinshakes Posts: 468Member Member Posts: 468Member Member
    I don’t. I tend to feel hungrier on rest days so I don’t cycle calories on purpose anyway.
  • Katmary71Katmary71 Posts: 2,584Member Member Posts: 2,584Member Member
    I don't usually do rest days, I try to do something each day but on days with less exercise calories I'll eat less. Only exceptions are on vacations and holidays. I really dislike going in the red even though it's a gimmick!
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