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  • #16
    As Kramer once said, "I like depriving myself of things, its fun!"

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    • #17
      I think the best way to diet is to have days where you exceed your maintenance calories, days where you eat at maintenance, and majority of days with a caloric deficit. I dont think our bodies respond well to a constant caloric deficit......eventually it gets wise and starts to slow metabolism, and starts to store more of the fat we eat. I have seen this first hand in my own body. With a few tweeks, I have found that whats works much better is a (significant) caloric deficit for 4 days out of the week, 2 days of maintenance calories, and one day of 500 calories over maintenance works best, especially for maintaining, and even building muscle (my main focus). The day with the higher calories can be used as a heavier than normal lifting day, so you are still getting the extra calories to build some muscle (and thus burn fat even more efficiently) while enjoying a caloric deficit at the same time else where in the week. It is logical to our bodies to want to stop burning fat on long-term caloric deficits, and not to mention, its pretty depressing sometimes too.......having those days where you are eating more and then some keeps your fat-burners firing, and allows for periods of relaxation and flexibility.

      As I build more muscle and get leaner I will transition to adding 3 days of maintenance, 3 days deficit, and 1 day 500+ cals. I IF 16-18 hrs M-F as well, and I dont forsee that changing at all, as my progress is slow but apparent.

      plus the 500+ days are fun!
      Last edited by lmyers04; 07-23-2010, 10:09 AM.

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      • #18
        Originally posted by lmyers04 View Post
        I think the best way to diet is to have days where you exceed your maintenance calories, days where you eat at maintenance, and majority of days with a caloric deficit. I dont think our bodies respond well to a constant caloric deficit......eventually it gets wise and starts to slow metabolism, and starts to store more of the fat we eat. I have seen this first hand in my own body. With a few tweeks, I have found that whats works much better is a (significant) caloric deficit for 4 days out of the week, 2 days of maintenance calories, and one day of 500 calories over maintenance works best, especially for maintaining, and even building muscle (my main focus). The day with the higher calories can be used as a heavier than normal lifting day, so you are still getting the extra calories to build some muscle (and thus burn fat even more efficiently) while enjoying a caloric deficit at the same time else where in the week. It is logical to our bodies to want to stop burning fat on long-term caloric deficits, and not to mention, its pretty depressing sometimes too.......having those days where you are eating more and then some keeps your fat-burners firing, and allows for periods of relaxation and flexibility.

        As I build more muscle and get leaner I will transition to adding 3 days of maintenance, 3 days deficit, and 1 day 500+ cals. I IF 16-18 hrs M-F as well, and I dont forsee that changing at all, as my progress is slow but apparent.
        Great post!

        I couldn't agree more.

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        • #19
          another thing I thought of: as you get leaner your calorie requirements go down, yes, but were you aware that your protein requirements also go up? (this is from http://www.bodyrecomposition.com/) I have been seeing much better progress ever since I started eating 1.5 grams of protein per lb, rather than 1 gram per lb, and may increase my protein even more as I continue to have less BF

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          • #20
            Originally posted by Clint View Post
            Great post!

            I couldn't agree more.
            thanks!

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            • #21
              Originally posted by darthfriendly View Post
              i think i've been "over fasting", which is to say not eating when i'm actually hungry to adhere to some fasting schedule. The result being my mood going to crap.

              Of course people suck, so maybe it's just that.

              I hate you.
              :d:d:d

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