Keeping Muscle While Cutting, Need Advice

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    Keeping Muscle While Cutting, Need Advice


    I am currently trying to get my BF% down while maintaining muscle.

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    218lbs
    17% BF

    Outline of Routine:
    Westside Barbell strength training to keep muscle with some light cardio
    Eating clean, and if im going to eat carbs I time them before/after my workout
    Drink a few cups of freshly brewed green tea a few times during the evening

    Daily Routine:
    Breakfast: Shake (casein/whey blend with some powder egg whites), spread of vitamins along with a fat burner
    Pre/During: preworkout drink
    Gym within an hour after the shake
    Post: Shake (casein/whey blend with some powder egg whites)
    Possible snack: Peanut butter, nuts, etc..
    5 hours later: meal that involves mostly protein with a bunch of green vegs
    Possible snack: Peanut butter, nuts, etc..
    3 hours later: Shake (casein/whey blend with some powder egg whites)
    2 hours later: protein meal
    Before bed: casein shake

    (guessing):
    Protein: 180g
    Cals in food: 1800-2200

    Should I be worried about losing muscle if Im getting well below maintainance calories as long as Im lifting heavy and getting enough protein?

    Any advice or tips?

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    You going to loose muscle when cutting. Once you bulk up you'll will reefed your muscles if you do it right
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    Im sorry, should of specified, trying to lose as little muscle as possible.

    Also, by doing it right, you mean eat clean during the bulk?
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    Look up Intermittent Fasting
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    I believe im doing that to an extent. I usually dont have anything from 2400 to 1000 and only around 500 calories from 1000 to 1230.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Dlauth View Post
    Im sorry, should of specified, trying to lose as little muscle as possible.

    Also, by doing it right, you mean eat clean during the bulk?
    Sorry not bulk up... Carb up.
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    That's not intermittent fasting... (IF) is eating all
    your calories within 4-12 hours then fasting for
    12-20 hours. Most common is 18/6 (18 hours fasting with a 6 hour eating window. There are few studies but from what has been seen so far is much greater muscle retention, improved hormonal production/sensitivity (endocrine system), greater fat mass loss, improved cardiovascular an respiratory systems and basic overall health. I started at 190 and was able to get down to 167 in 9 weeks. Not only did I maintain mass but I actually got stronger. I was beating PR on a daily bases. Just look it up for your self and see where it takes you. The amazing thing is you can bulk on it and still stay pretty lean. I won't ever go above 11% again. So research it.. It's just advice
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    I would only cut 200-500 calories below maintenance to loose weight And keep the muscle
    I been cutting for a few weeks and still getting stronger if u wanna check my thread I made
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    I had a trial run of IF today. I know I didnt follow it to a T.

    Diet:
    2400 casein shake
    1030 BCAA drink with no cals
    1400 2 pickles and 1/4 cup 2% cottage(had to put something down)
    1600 spoon of natty peanut butter
    1900 10oz sirloin, 1 1/2 cup 2% cottage with 2 1/2 cup beets
    2200 casein/whey/egg protein shake
    2400 casein shake

    This would put me around 2000 cals for the day with 1800 of them around 1600-2400

    230 Protein
    82 Carbs
    65 Fat

    Thoughts:
    I find this much easier to manage lower cals since I will be busy during the day without thinking about food and having a bunch in the evening.
    Easier to get full when you do eat since your going a long time without food then getting all your cals within a window.
  

  
 

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