- 04-03-2009, 10:50 AM
ive been lifting weights seriously for about a year and i have made some serious gains in muscle mass and strength. but i have always had some belly fat and such because i used to eat very badly. but about two and half months ago i started cutting and dieting very hardcore because now instead of just trying to get big im trying to get ripped. i went from 210 to about 180 and i seem to be stuck there right now. i think it might be because im not eating enough calories. i eat anywhere from 1500 to 2000 with low carb, hi protein. my bmr is about 2000 and i lift 5 days a week and do cardio 6/7 days a week. am i eating to little for my metabolism to stay up?
- 04-03-2009, 11:22 AM
Do you do refeeds or carb ups? If you are on a low carb diet, you should look into a CKD (cyclical ketogenic diet). Sounds like that's what you want to keep progressing.
04-07-2009, 01:56 AM
It could just be that your body has gotten used to a calorie deficit and needs a break from it. Try bumping your cals back up to maintenance for around a month. Giving your body a break from a deficit can be quite beneficial.
04-07-2009, 10:14 AM
04-07-2009, 11:29 AM
04-12-2009, 06:30 PM
Yeah you need a while off the diet for things to reset. I'm doing that very thing at the moment. I'm at about 11% bf and kinda stuck so I have eaten more this past week, cut back my cardio pretty good the last 2 weeks. I'm still dieting but I've been having a lot more cheats and refeeds. After today I am going for the finishing touches on my cut hardcore. I will lower cals again and slowly up cardio again over the next 4 weeks or so.
The body needs a break after a long dieting period. My guess is a week every 8-12 weeks depending on the person. That should normalize you and get you back on track.
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