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Leaning Out and Calories


#1

I'm currently leaning out. I have been training hard and only eating at a minimal caloric deficit. I'm very happy with the results so far. I'm due for an off/active recovery week. Would you all recommend maintenance during this week or to continue eating under maintenance?

I know it's only a week, but I would like to avoid any muscle loss. Up to this point, I've put on a little muscle and my strength has continued to increase while losing fat.


#2

Congrats on losing fat and gaining muscle at the same time. That means your diet is definitely on point.

If I was in this situation, I wouldn't eat under maintenance on your active/recovery week.

Play it by ear, though. If you're extremely active one day, eat a little more. If you don't do too much, eat a little less.

-Nate


#3

i'd use your week off to up your calories (especially carbs) before going back to a calorically and carb deficient phase. this should help rebound your leptin levels and keep your motor humming.

check out lyle mcdonald's site for more info on this - it's helped me a ton with regard to general dieting.

good luck!


#4

Thanks for the input! Good suggestions.


#5

Thanks! I'll check it out.