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Good Cutting Diet?


starting to cut, here's current stats
Bf about 16%-18%
Train 6 days a week
Cardio 4 days a week
Current Diet:
M1: 2 whole eggs, 5 egg whites, 1 cup cooked plain oats, 1/2 grapefruit

M2: 1 scoop whey, 1 handful of mixed nuts

M3: 8 oz chicken breast, 1 1/2 cups of green beans or broccoli

Pre workout: 8 oz chicken breast, 1 large apple

Post workout: 2 scoops whey, 1 large bottle of gatorade (60 carbs)

Meal 6: * oz tilapia 1 1/2 cups green beans or broccoli, 2 tbs olive oil or canola oil

Whey protein
Fish oil
Multi V
N.O. booster
Pre-workout supp

Any suggestions?


well my 2 cents, it looks pretty good, but im one of those "low carb" nuts, and while your carbs are pretty low already, i would cut out the oats and replace with more broccoli or cauliflower which have anti-estrogen properties. also maybe switch to G2, the low calorie gatorade, less sugar and maybe replace one of your servings of chicken with a steak or some meat that has saturated fat in it. eating more saturated fat and less starchs and sugars is great way to melt it off.


Appreciate the help, and yeah this is for the first 2 weeks, i planned on gradually lowering them little by little until i reached my goal. Do you think it would be a good idea to stick with something like this until the weight loss stops, and then drop the oats, and eventually lower the carbs post workout?


if this is a drastic change to what your diet was like before, it should be fine as is for a while. wait a week or two like you said and if progress is great dont change it til your progress stops, also i would leave the carbs post workout, as personally, this is the only time i allow the consumption of carbohydrates, i also take some before workouts sometimes depending, but generally i try to keep my carbs under 50g as a max. like i said if progress slows or stops, then maybe some carb cycling. I'm sure there are plenty of guys on this site that can help more than me, I am by no means an "expert". have you been looking around through some of the other threads?


You're 6' tall and 185. I think most people's input will be to worry about getting stronger and putting on some muscle before you cut.

In fact, I think one way to put most people's position on cutting here is that if you're not experienced enough to be able to design a cutting diet by yourself, then oftentimes you shouldn't be cutting anyway.


I sure hope you overestimated your bf%. If it's even remotely accurate you have no muscle at all. With a successful cut you wold just be a skeleton.

Why are you cutting?

And drop that dumb n.o. shit. Put that money elsewhere.


It certainly is at least a little bit because thats a rough estimate and i didnt want to assume its lower than it actually is.

And the main purpose for me to cut isn't to get down to the lowest possible bf% just yet, I just want to cut down enough to get my definition back so that when i continue gaining trying to hit say 200, it will be more quality weight than just weighing 200


What definition? Just do like I'm doing right now--go lift weights with very high levels of intensity, eat a ton of food (including lots of protein), use the search function on this website gratuitously, and take pictures every couple of months.


Thanks, honestly this is what i NEED to be doing. I'm just impatient as hell (and i realize patience is a must when seeking results) but yeah i'll continue gaining weight until it's time to cut for real. aside from that is the diet good for cutting down the road when the time comes?