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Please Advise, Cutting Diet/Progress


#1


so i've been cutting for about 2 months now to get my abs to show, i'm 5 feet 5 and 140 pounds. i consume about 1200 calories a day, since i'm cutting and i really want my abs to show. Please advise if 1200 calories a day is sufficient.

In addition, please look at my progress picture and advise how long is it going to take my abs to pop. Thanks


#2

[quote]oliv3r9 wrote:
so i’ve been cutting for about 2 months now to get my abs to show, i’m 5 feet 5 and 140 pounds.[/quote]
How much progress have you seen in these two months? Where did you start (weight and/or “before” pic)?

It might be “sufficient” if you’ve been seeing steady results each week, but 1200 calories is really low for a 140-pound guy who trains hard several days per week. The breakdown of those calories (like if you’re doing low-or-no carbs) is also a factor.

What does your training look like? Days, exercises, sets, reps, cardio.

These articles talk a bit about why you don’t want to go too low calorie:


A couple weeks, maybe a few weeks, probably just a little while. Really, that’s a vague question that’s tough to answer, especially without details of where you’re coming from/what you’ve done so far.

If you were 160 two months ago or if you were 145 two months ago, that’s a big of a difference. Or if you’re doing currently lifting four days a week and doing an hour on the treadmill everyday vs lifting three days a week and the only cardio is walking 10 minutes to and from the gym.