Help w/Cutting Diet Tweaks

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    Help w/Cutting Diet Tweaks


    After a long and successful bulking period, I'm ready to start cutting for the spring. Here's my cutting plan thus far:

    (Also, I used the BMR calculator from michaelandkendra.com for the caloric values)


    9 am (wake up)
    Protein pancakes (1/2 cup oats, 5 egg whites, ½ cup cottage cheese)

    10:40 am (pwo)
    Protein Shake (1/2 cup milk, 1 scoop whey, ½ cup oats)

    12:00 noon
    2 oz. Deli meat, 1 slice w/w bread

    3 pm
    1 Chicken Breast, ½ Cup rice

    5 pm
    1 Can Tuna, 1 slice w/w bread

    7 pm
    1 Chicken Breast, 1 Cup rice

    9 pm
    1 Protein Shake (1/2 Cup milk, 2 Scoops whey)

    11 pm
    1 Small apple, ½ Cup cottage cheese

    TOTALS:
    2145 Calories (1078, 722, 251) (53/35/12)

    My goal is to get into single digit bf from my current 15% or just be able to see my abs without flexing.

    This is right in my target range for calories (at 5'8" 160lbs). At this point I'm trying to figure out how to get a little more protein and a little less fat for a more even 55/35/10 split.

    Also--if I wanted more carbs in my pre workout meal (when I wake up) do you have any suggestions how to do so while keeping my ratios and calories about the same?

    One more note--I don't do well with milk so I keep it to a minimum. A cup a day is about all I can handle.

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    I would either eat the apple in the morning or do away w/ it altogether. Also, move the whey to either before or after your w/o (idk if pwo means pre or post) and replace the 2 scoops w/ some real meat. For your first few meals you are eating every 100mins so if you stretch this to at least 2 hours that would allow you to eat a larger meal earlier in the day to help keep you full. Finally, I don't see much need to go over 6 meals/day unless you know that this works best for you.
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    Quote Originally Posted by dsl
    I would either eat the apple in the morning or do away w/ it altogether. Also, move the whey to either before or after your w/o (idk if pwo means pre or post) and replace the 2 scoops w/ some real meat. For your first few meals you are eating every 100mins so if you stretch this to at least 2 hours that would allow you to eat a larger meal earlier in the day to help keep you full. Finally, I don't see much need to go over 6 meals/day unless you know that this works best for you.
    Sorry, pwo stands for post.

    Revised:
    9 am (wake up) Protein pancakes (1/2 cup oats, 5 egg whites, ½ cup cottage cheese)

    10:40 am (pwo) Protein Shake (1/2 cup milk, 2 scoop whey, ½ cup oats), 1 small apple

    12:00 noon 1 Chicken Breast, 1 Cup rice

    3 pm 2 oz. Deli meat, 1 slice w/w bread

    5 pm 1 Can Tuna, 1 slice w/w bread

    7 pm Fish Fillet (tilapia or salmon) & ½ cup Rice

    9 pm 1 Chicken Breast, Fibrous veggie

    11 pm ½ Cup cottage cheese

    And the timings for my meals are fairly inflexible--the 8 meals just kinda have to work due to my school schedule.

    This is 2,290 Calories (52/32/16)(P/C/F)
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    I would get rid of the bread.
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    Quote Originally Posted by punta
    I would get rid of the bread.

    ditto, I would also up the cals to at least 2500 for a couple of weeks so that you can cut calories when you stall.

    Replace the carbs w/ either oats or whole grain carbs.
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    Lose the deli meat too, its chock full of sodium. Grab some turkey breast or steak..
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    Quote Originally Posted by scott72
    Lose the deli meat too, its chock full of sodium. Grab some turkey breast or steak..
    Ya I agree minus the steak.
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    My days are hectic... and bread is a carb on the go--sometimes I just have to grab something on the way somewhere. What could I use instead?
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    Quote Originally Posted by auto_mail8939
    My days are hectic... and bread is a carb on the go--sometimes I just have to grab something on the way somewhere. What could I use instead?
    I'd grab a cup of low fat yogurt. I buy the fit & active vanilla and it's delicious. You can even get the low fat smoothies and they're great for on the go.
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    Quote Originally Posted by scott72
    I'd grab a cup of low fat yogurt. I buy the fit & active vanilla and it's delicious. You can even get the low fat smoothies and they're great for on the go.
    Good call--never would've thought of yogurt.
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    I see two glaring issues: the first is the lack of veggies and the second is your final meal of the day. I think that you should have more than 1 meal w/ veggies and at least a cup of CC b/f bed.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Rodja
    I see two glaring issues: the first is the lack of veggies and the second is your final meal of the day. I think that you should have more than 1 meal w/ veggies and at least a cup of CC b/f bed.
    I toss veggies in here and there, usually spinach or green beans. I'll try to get more throughout the day. I suppose ma was always right.

    As for the cottage--a cup? Really? That's like 50g of carbs and 10g of sugar--that's more like something I'd do when bulking. Plus that's a bunch more calories I don't need.
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    What kind of cottage cheese do you have...mine has 14g of protein and 4g of carbs per half cup
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    Quote Originally Posted by auto_mail8939
    I toss veggies in here and there, usually spinach or green beans. I'll try to get more throughout the day. I suppose ma was always right.

    As for the cottage--a cup? Really? That's like 50g of carbs and 10g of sugar--that's more like something I'd do when bulking. Plus that's a bunch more calories I don't need.
    Try some broccoli. Good Stuff
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    Quote Originally Posted by Rodja
    What kind of cottage cheese do you have...mine has 14g of protein and 4g of carbs per half cup
    Whoops I'm retarded... you're right--26% not 26g.

    That said, a cup would be 26g of protein, an additional 90 calories. I suppose I could cut some calories somewhere else... my diet is already at the high end of where I'm aiming.
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