I just recently finished a cut and have been eating between 16 and 18 calories per pound of body weight. I am still doing some cardio everyday (reduced amount and intensity) and recently started practicing for MMA (1 hour a day, exhausting). I also weight train about 3 days a week, but I changed my workout to a circuit style full body split. Since I want to get into MMA and extra muscle could hinder my cardio, my main goal right now is to maintain all my muscle while still losing fat at a SLOW pace.
The thing is, my cut was between 10-12 calories per pound, however, I feel that I am not gaining any weight in the form of fat although I also feel as if I am gorging myself (which is awesome, but makes me feel guilty as hell). I have seen many threads stating that the GI of a carb does not have an effect on body composition and that what does have an effect is the total grams of carbs ingested.
Does this also apply to protein and fat?
If I eat at least 1 gram of protein per pound, and eat as many carbs and fats as I want while staying around maintenance will I still maintain all my muscle and body composition?
Does fat and carb intake really matter as long as protein requirements are met and total caloric expenditure and consumption are taken into account?
Is a calorie really a calorie?
<-- Avatar I was around 12%, I am sitting on 9% and eat mostly healthy foods (eggs whites, oatmeal, chicken, turkey, spinach, lowfat milk, bananas, brown rice, beans, almonds, olive oil, etc…), however, at least once a day I have a cheat “snack” per se. To put this into perspective, I just ate an ice cream and a microwave popcorn. Will this have an effect on body composition as long as I keep exercising and eat around maintenance?
8-9% body fat
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