Don’t Make This Stupid Nutrition Mistake

After doing my routine calorie calculation formula, which I’ve not used in a long time, I figured I needed 2952 calories to maintain my daily activity. Since summer is fast approaching, I decided to start cutting. That means at a comfortable but conservative 20% calorie deficit, I would need around 2361 calories per day.

Imagine my surprise when I input what I HAD been eating vs. what I thought I was eating and got the number around ~2000 calories a day! Not cool. All this time I figured I’d be eating what I had been since my last bulking period and it turns out I’m below a 35% calorie deficit and have been slowing down my metabolism. That does explain a lot.

Needless to say, I’m eating more now to burn fat and turn back on the furnace. Don’t make the same mistake. Do some basic measurements and determine your calorie situation at least monthly to keep on track.

“Nothing will undermine the “re-building” of your metabolism like inconsistency. If you stop and start, or skip meals and workouts often, you will not even get off the ground.” - Tom Venuto

Reminds me of a good article on How to Repair Metabolic Damage

Categories: Natural Bodybuilding

  • Jeff Check

    Marc, first off I appreciate your show and thing you have a lot of great information and observations. I’ve been a listener for about 4 months. This latest podcast really hit me. I’ve been over cutting and not realizing it.

    Last month i hit a plateau – i know my workouts were not the best and i had not been feeling all that great despite a really low intake. i started today – adding a cheat day and some more good caloires. thanks for being honest with your learning it really helps us..

    Jeff
    Dearborn, MI

  • Jeff Check

    Marc, first off I appreciate your show and thing you have a lot of great information and observations. I’ve been a listener for about 4 months. This latest podcast really hit me. I’ve been over cutting and not realizing it.

    Last month i hit a plateau – i know my workouts were not the best and i had not been feeling all that great despite a really low intake. i started today – adding a cheat day and some more good caloires. thanks for being honest with your learning it really helps us..

    Jeff
    Dearborn, MI

  • http://www.nobullbodybuilding.com Marc David

    Jeff,

    It helps me too to be honest and I’m only trying to pass along good information. Maybe mine, maybe somebody else’s. My promise from Day 1 upon doing this podcast was to try and assist people to avoid the mistakes that I made.

    I’m human like anybody else and I have a life outside of bodybuilding.

    I thought I was bulking or at least maintaining and here I was maybe around 35% or so in a calorie deficit!?

    Needless to say, I am eating more now and feeling better. It’s human to make mistakes. I know how to correct them and I just wanted to remind anybody else out there, get a baseline.

  • https://bodybuildingsecretslive.com Marc

    Jeff,

    It helps me too to be honest and I’m only trying to pass along good information. Maybe mine, maybe somebody else’s. My promise from Day 1 upon doing this podcast was to try and assist people to avoid the mistakes that I made.

    I’m human like anybody else and I have a life outside of bodybuilding.

    I thought I was bulking or at least maintaining and here I was maybe around 35% or so in a calorie deficit!?

    Needless to say, I am eating more now and feeling better. It’s human to make mistakes. I know how to correct them and I just wanted to remind anybody else out there, get a baseline.

  • dave

    hi marc i think you are utterly correct so i have tried to alter things around i have lowered my workouts to 1 hour periods 3 times a week i have upped my calorie intake to 3200 calories a day but i can only fit in 4 meals a day,but since all these changes i dont feel i am making any progress ,do you think this may just be because i have changed everything around ……….dave

  • dave

    hi marc i think you are utterly correct so i have tried to alter things around i have lowered my workouts to 1 hour periods 3 times a week i have upped my calorie intake to 3200 calories a day but i can only fit in 4 meals a day,but since all these changes i dont feel i am making any progress ,do you think this may just be because i have changed everything around ……….dave