I’ve been lifting seriously for about 3 years with a couple of brief interruptions. I have a clean diet, but I have never counted calories or calculated my macros. I just eat when I am hungry and try to get a balance of protein, fat, and carbs. I developed some mid section baggage years ago and I have not been able to lose it. I’m hoping that getting my nutrition lined out will solve the problem.
I’m a tad over 5’10" at 195 pounds and would like to stay at that weight. Weight is really not an issue, but I don’t want to get much lighter. Based on an internet calculator, I need about 2,500 calories per day to maintain that weight working out 5 days a week. I lift only 3, but I threw in a couple of days for active rest type stuff.
So, if I continue lifting and adhere to the prescribed amount of calories, I should be able to maintain my current weight. Will this alone take care of my mid section? I guess what I’m asking is, if I am eating to maintain, can I simultaneously lose the fat and gain the same amount of weight in muscle?
Or do I need to have a caloric deficit? Anyway, this is probably common knowledge to many here but I need help understanding it.
Also, it seems to me that using a generic online calculator is a very rough estimate since it doesn’t account for different types of workouts. Thoughts?