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Nutrition and Fat Loss

I find this really confusing. But when trying to lose fat, let’s say that you have to eat 2000 calories for maintenance, and you want to lose fat. Are you supposed to eat under 2000 calories and for fat loss to occur? And does eating above 2000 calories make doing cardio useless? Also, let’s say your goal is to gain muscle also ( I know, it’s hard), and you eat 3000 calories a day while doing metabolic training, would this lead to nay fat loss at all?

I’m also new, but as I understand it, to lose fat and gain muscle, you should be focusing on restricting your carbs and making sure you get enough protein (1.25 to 1.5g per lb of body weight).

This should help:

http://www.johnberardi.com/calc.htm

http://www.johnberardi.com/articles/nutrition/masseating_1.htm
http://www.johnberardi.com/articles/nutrition/masseating_2.htm
http://www.johnberardi.com/articles/nutrition/masseating_rl_1.htm

This is one program of many, but it struck me as something that might click with you. Hope it helps man.

Thanks a lot man!

[quote]Alex89 wrote:
I find this really confusing. But when trying to lose fat, let’s say that you have to eat 2000 calories for maintenance, and you want to lose fat. Are you supposed to eat under 2000 calories and for fat loss to occur? [/quote]

yes

depends how much you’re doing

it really depends on what your training consists of. obviously increased training raises the amount of calories required to maintain your body composition. in general though, unless you’re on “super supplements”, a lifting newbie, or are detrained, its gonna be very hard to gain muscle mass while losing fat.

So if you do eat below your maintenance level in order to lose fat, wouldn’t you also lose muscle?

[quote]Alex89 wrote:
So if you do eat below your maintenance level in order to lose fat, wouldn’t you also lose muscle?[/quote]

Depends on how far below maintenance level you’re eating and whether you’re doing anything to retain muscle (lifting).

The amount of muscle you’ve built and the length of time you’ve maintained it also play a role.