Modifying the diet in the "becoming a bodybuilder" sticky to best suit me? Any help?

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  1. UnleashTheBeast

    UnleashTheBeast rawR OT Supporter

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    I was wondering if anyone could help me out a little bit. Currently i'm about 185lbs, approx. 18% bodyfat. Through various methods, I have calculated my maitenance calories is around 3200 calories (does this sound right? I used the excel spreadsheet found on the forum which uses the Harris-Benedict formula). According to the same excel spreadsheet, for me to lose 2lbs a week, I need to consume 2200-2300 calories, at 40/40/20 is about 230c/230p/50f. I noticed the diet that NoQuarter posted is roughly 2700 calories, using water for the oatmeal (and I assume the 1/2 cup rice and 3/4 cup oatmeal is measured dry?). How/where would you recommend I cut back on calories with this diet? Any help is greatly appreciated.

    Currently I train 3 days on, 1 day off.

    Day 1: Chest/Tri's
    Day 2: Back/Bi's
    Day 3: Legs/Shoulders

    My goal is to lean out a little bit (love handles/back fat are annoying) and then attempt to bulk from there.
     
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    That seems like a really high maintanence, unless you work in construction or are doing a lot of cardio. An "average person's" maintenence is 2k. I know nothing else.
     
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    UnleashTheBeast rawR OT Supporter

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    That's what I figure, but according to everything I find it says around 3200 cals is maitenance? :dunno:
     
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    UnleashTheBeast rawR OT Supporter

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    I find that I lose about 2lbs a week at about 1800 cals a day.... so 3200 is a high calculation then...
     
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    Why change what works?
     
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    UnleashTheBeast rawR OT Supporter

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    I was following the cut diet but I feel I was losing way too much muscle seeing as my carb intake was realllly low.
     
  7. MaineSucks

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    the cut diet is not a weight loss diet, its a stage prep diet.

    From your numbers, I'd say 3200 is rather high for maintenance
     
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    I remember reading somewhere that you need (bodyweight x 10) calories just to keep your vital organs going. I don't think this is necessarily true
     
  9. crucialkc

    crucialkc the earth is flat

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    yeah, 3200 sounds ridiculous. if there is anything that I've learned, it's that most formulas posted on here or anywhere else on the net are bullshit when followed to a T. they're supposed to be starting points. see if you gain any weight, if you do, drop cals. conversely, if you lose weight and your goal is to do just that, stick with it.

    still though, 3200. wtf?
     
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    I use to do that split, but legs/shoulders was too hard, so I needed just a leg day
     
  11. Ore

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    jsut follow the sticky as it says and youll get jacked to teh moon truss
     
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