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
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