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  • #16
    Originally posted by Kata View Post
    ...Maybe you're lifting heavier than I am, so you need more to recover? I'm currently squatting 165, 5 sets of 5, max deadlift of 250, if that gives you a basis for comparison.
    I squat 260, 3 sets of 12, 10, 9 reps. This is on a Freemotion machine - my cervical spine can't handle a weighted bar, leg-press 360 for now (goal of 410 in December). You are deadlifting about double the weight I do - same cervical spine issues. I really must watch out for my neck and I probably won't go heavier on the squat machine for the same reason. Thankfully leg presses don't hurt my neck

    Calories matter, and our metabolism also matters. We tested mine to figure out what was going on after I worked so hard for several years but stayed at a weight and body fat % plateau. As soon as they convinced to to try increasing my calories by 50%, the scales started to drop. I've still a ways to go as far as body fat % is concerned, but I can tell that going Primal is helping there. I had lost 60 pounds via the CW route before hitting that plateau.

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    • #17
      I'm 35, similar squat and deadlift numbers, 5'8" and 150 lbs, and I eat between 2000 and 2500 kcal daily and am maintaining weight while shifting body comp. You need to eat enough to build muscle and support recovery. Unless you have a very slow metabolism, I question whether 1600 kcal is adequate for a woman your size and activity level.
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      • #18
        Originally posted by Kata View Post
        sakura_girl, I'm 22. Maybe you're lifting heavier than I am, so you need more to recover? I'm currently squatting 165, 5 sets of 5, max deadlift of 250, if that gives you a basis for comparison.
        Nah, pretty similar stats. I'm hitting 160x5 and max deadlift of 265.
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        • #19
          Originally posted by Catrin View Post
          Calories matter, and our metabolism also matters. We tested mine to figure out what was going on after I worked so hard for several years but stayed at a weight and body fat % plateau. As soon as they convinced to to try increasing my calories by 50%, the scales started to drop. I've still a ways to go as far as body fat % is concerned, but I can tell that going Primal is helping there. I had lost 60 pounds via the CW route before hitting that plateau.
          I have trouble with this one also. After going primal, I just get full on less. I am changing around my macros and that is helping but also I think I need to experiment with upping my calories some days. I am trying to do that today, and I had a higher calorie day a couple of days ago. Kind of a zig-zag I guess. Anyone put any stock in zig-zagging like that?
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          • #20
            Calories are the most important factor in weight changes. Specific nutrients only matter in regards to body composition changes and overall health.

            If you are trying to maintain weight, simply eat till you feel satisfied, but not full and generally only eat when you are hungry.
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