How long can you cut?
- 03-28-2012, 10:24 PM
How long can you cut?
Heard in a few places that being on a cut for more than 12 weeks is a bad thing.
I've been on a cutting diet since November of last year. Got up to 303lbs and felt horrid.
Since then I've lost 60 lbs and have gained substantial strength, but am still sitting at 23% BF, which is unhealthy to say the least.
What scientific reasons could y'all give me to stop what I'm doing???
I've taken two scheduled week-long breaks to avoid overtraining and have lost this weight by intelligent means. No fad diet stories here, no low carb ****, just 500-1000 calorie deficits with a weekly chest meal, rocking 20/40/40 fats/carbs/protein daily. I lift heavy also.
Can my cut last until I'm at a healthy BF percentage???
- 03-28-2012, 10:29 PM
- 03-28-2012, 10:33 PM
Originally Posted by hvactech
And what's your version of recomp?
Trying to add lean mass along with some fat loss?
03-28-2012, 10:35 PM
03-28-2012, 10:54 PM
Is this fat loss achieved by cardio post workout and/or fasted cardio in the AM but still lifting heavy and eating more than maintenance?Originally Posted by hvactech
03-28-2012, 11:09 PM
when i attempt my recomp here soon my cardio protocol will be fasted cardio, i use a circuit style training regime so i have a great elevated heart rate and a good sweat through out....
03-28-2012, 11:22 PM
people suggest not to ''diet'' for too long because of calorie restriction's effect on hormones.
t3,test,and leptin decrease in a prolonged state of calorie restriction.
a simple remedy would be calorie cycling. ssbackwards recently made a thread describing his dietetic strategy. he 'cuts' for 9 months out of the year. jan to may and aug to dec , i believe.
lyle mcdonald actually posted a study where men were put on a diet that was 50% of their TDEE and continued to lose weight till they reached 5% BF. the decrease in metabolism was still overcome by the calorie deficit.
For me, the action IS the juice.
03-28-2012, 11:59 PM
What happens with prolonged dieting id a decrease in leptin. Which when depressed too long over time will increase AgRP (thyroid regulating). This means although dieting, your thyroid levels, mainly rT3 rise. Along with this rise theres a concurrent rise in NPY (hunger hormone), and some increase in Ghrelin. This can be both good and bad. Ghrelin is a GH secretogue good, but wont help much if you over eat due to this hormone. Over eating with a raises AgRP can cause problems in itself.
Best way to counter all this is to supplement with a good calcium supplement. Another thing you would want to do is not be in too much of a caloric deficit too many days in a row. 500-1000 calories is A LOT. I would recommend, as i do to many of my clients is 2 days a week of a high calorie, this is mainly for low carbers though.
However in your case, i would rearrange the way you work you macronutrients in the sense that your only carbs come from intra workout and pre bed. Yes, pre bed.
Pre bed carbohydrates can increase leptin (which will aid in sleep) and will aid in the increase in fat buring hormones at the times your not going to be eating...
But im not recommending anything other then a small sweet potato or bowl of cereal.
as far as cheat meals, sure have one a week.... i like it early in the morning after a workout. Then i dont eat again till dinner.
hope this somewhat helps.
03-29-2012, 07:18 AM
I've never heard of leptin an ghrelin - gonna get on the research grind early this morning.Originally Posted by ssbackwards
I have at least one, sometimes two cheats a week, so 5 out of 7 I'm in a calorific deficit. Those deficit days I still consume around 2400-2600 calories, I just burn about 1k in the gym.
I don't see how eating a huge meal in the AM and not eating until dinner on a cheat day is beneficial though.
500-1000 calorie deficit isn't to be considered a lot in my eyes. That's a good 1-2lbs lost in a week. I've never hit a whole week where I've been 1000 under every day either.
Not discounting your knowledge, just would like further explanation if possible my friend. Thanks for chiming in.
03-29-2012, 04:56 PM
03-29-2012, 05:57 PM
I'm 6'2, on October 1, 2011 I weighed 325lbs. I started eating between 1600-1800 calories a day. Also, I began working out for 2 hours a day, 6 days a week (lift for an hour, cardio for an hour). Today, March 29, 2012, I weigh 228lbs. I've lost 97lbs in 6 months & have yet to plateau. Is this rapid weight loss healthy? I don't know. What I do know is that my back & knees no longer hurt constantly, I sleep better, have more energy, am stronger & faster than I've ever been. BTW, I'm 33 years old. Just wanted to share my experience.
03-29-2012, 06:17 PM
All the calculations I've seen by using BMR calculators puts my maintenance at 2300. I'm not 240 rock solid - I'm 240 with 23% BF. Do you have a better way to gauge BMR? If so, hook that **** up!Originally Posted by ssbackwards
03-29-2012, 06:21 PM
That is absolutely amazing my dude. If you're worried about that kind of weight loss just ask your doctor to see how you're doing health wise. I bet you'd be happily surprised !Originally Posted by zebediah23
03-29-2012, 06:28 PM
More than likely you didn't calculate an activity factor in your BMRI use BW x 12-14 which is closest to miffleon Jeor. Doesn't matter at rock solid. If you go by LBM it'll drop cals too low. If your eat at maintence and get the deficit from training, its best, and more likely less to cause muscle loss, and issues with leptin
03-29-2012, 06:36 PM
What I had tended to do when I first started this journey was eat maintenance and exercise to go below, then eat to be under deficit on off days. Now that my metabolism has gone up I've gone more to eating maintenance daily like you just mentioned because I'm too hungry to not eat.Originally Posted by ssbackwards
I just never thought my maintenance would be as high as 3300 though...
03-29-2012, 07:10 PM
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