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First Time Cutting


#1

As the title states this will be my first time cutting, for the last couple of years I have concentrated on gaining muscle and I am now at the point where I want to cut. I am 5'10 and I fluctuate between 195-200 lbs. I have no idea what my BF% is but I can see my abs. I believe that to get to my goal I have to lose about 15-20 lbs, problem is I have never cut so, I really have no idea how to attack this to keep most of the muscle gained. This is what I have thought about any input is welcome.

Weights 4x a week

Cardio 2x

Calories will be kept between 2300-2400 cal.

I have never really ate alot of carbs so they will be around:
100g training
50g non-training
These will only be complex carbs, fruits, and certain veggies. I will not be counting green veggies towards total.
The rest of the daily total will be split between protein and fat.

So how does it look?
I know I want to lift 4x a week but, do not what kind of split to follow any ideas?


#2

My personal opinion is that if you are lean enough to see abs at 195-200 lbs, then 2300-2400 cals is too low unless you wanna lose some LBM in the process.

S


#3

I was worried they might be to low. Well I can see my abs but they are not defined yet, I can really see the top 4. What would be a better range? Any I deas on the training? I read your your thread a while back great job.


#4

Being that you have been trying to gain for two years, by this time you should know how much food it takes to keep you at maintenance level. I suggest you eat at that level for one week, counting the cals as you go. Then, when you are trying to lose, just drop that by a couple hundred and try it for a week or two. When you stall, add more cardio or drop cals again.