Hey guys, recently started my first cut on Sunday.. I just wanted to make sure I was doing everything correctly and also see if there were tips or advice I could get.
25 y/o, 195 lb, ~17%bf (image attached)
Calculated my TDEE which came out to about ~3,000cal/daily.
Gonna do 2,400cal - about 250p/200c/75f or as close to possible.
My main focus is going to be sticking near that calorie count and getting enough protein and then I'll fill in the rest with carbs and fat. After regularly taking in 3,500+ cal daily, this is gonna be brutal.
My goal is to get down to 10-12% hopefully in 8 weeks or so before starting a long clean bulk, hopefully maintaining close to that bf%.
I've been using the same split forever..
Back, bis, rear delts
Chest, tris, light side delts
Shoulders, traps, light delts
Cardio 4x a week ~20 min, abs 2-3x a week.
Do my macros and calorie count look ok? Too much, too little? Can I still take in 3,000 cal and lean out but just make sure it's something like 300p/150c/120f or something?
Is there anything I can do to make sure I don't lose too much strength in regards to changes to my routine? For example, switching to a push/pull/legs 2x/week or something?
Is this a dumb idea? I need to lose body fat, that's definite. But I don't compete and I eventually wanna get bigger. Should I just scrap the idea, gain 20 lbs as clean as possible and then cut? I've been hearing that cutting to a good percentage then clean bulking was the way to go.
Thanks for any help, I'm totally lost when it comes to cutting unfortunately.