Getting serious about dieting...

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  1. grooves12

    grooves12 New Member

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    I'm finally getting serious about dieting, and have read through the stickies, and want to make sure I am on the right track.

    I am currently 184 lbs. and 22% bodyfat at 5'10"(skinny-fat.) I train cardio roughly 3.5-4 hours per week (and increasing that slowly) in run/bike/swim in preparation for participating in a couple of triathlons later in the year, and mix in weights/calisthenics about 2-3 times a week.

    Right now, my primary goal is to get my body fat percentage down to 15% or lower.

    Using the Harris-Benedict equation it gives me the following:
    Maintenance:
    2803 Calories/day
    Fat Loss:
    2242 Calories/day
    Extreme Fat Loss:
    1682 Calories/day

    Are the Fat Loss/Extreme Fat loss levels reasonable levels to start out at, or should I start with the Base-500cal method?

    Would either of those levels lead to much muscle loss if protein levels are kept above 1g/lb??
     
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    Phineas Q Stork Active Member

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    just start around 2500 calories and see what happens, you can run the washington-schwartz-gugenhimer equation, but those are just starting points/reccomendations
     
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    500 cals less than maintenance per day
     
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