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Want to talk nutrition
Want to talk nutrition
2/11/13 1:40 AM
Hey guys, I am a 228 pound, 5,8 guy who needs to drop a few pounds. Am on day 8 of Body Beast Lean, and my question is, how much should I be eating a day? should i drop my calories to around 2300? 2200? I wanted to know if anyone else has been through this type of situation, or knows someone who has been through this type of situation?

Thanks guys!
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RE: Want to talk nutrition
2/11/13 5:19 AM as a reply to NurseDan87.
NurseDan87:
Hey guys, I am a 228 pound, 5,8 guy who needs to drop a few pounds. Am on day 8 of Body Beast Lean, and my question is, how much should I be eating a day? should i drop my calories to around 2300? 2200? I wanted to know if anyone else has been through this type of situation, or knows someone who has been through this type of situation?

Thanks guys!


Tough one. According to the calculations, and I don't know your BF% so I went with 20%, you would need almost 3000 to maintain your weight (and about 3300 to bulk/build). So between 2200-2500 would be good to lose weight, though with Body Beast, not sure if that will be enough to fuel your workouts. I am actually starting tomorrow, first time ever, after doing P90X and Insanity throughout last year. I am at my ideal weight, but need to get rid of BF. Still unsure if I am going with my maintenance calories or Build/Bulk calories.

But anyways, if you are set with this program, maybe start with 2300, but realize you will not be gaining much, if any muscle, it will be more because you enjoy the program, and if you are like me, like lifting weights more than doing cardio as a personal preference. I have heard of a few people doing this program to lose weight, it is all about calories and nutrition, I'm sure it can be done, but P90X or Insanity are other good options too for losing weight. Let me know what you decide!
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RE: Want to talk nutrition
2/11/13 5:45 AM as a reply to NurseDan87.
I would suggest you check into the Body Beast book there is a little formula to calculate your maintenance calorie. You need to know what is your body fat % in order to determine your CIM.

After you did your calculation to determine your CIM, if your goal is to lose weight i would suggest you drop by at least 10% of your CIM depending on your body fat %.
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RE: Want to talk nutrition
2/11/13 6:42 AM as a reply to NurseDan87.
Dan,

Definitely dont guess on what you need for your calories. Do what others have suggested and do the math to figure out your CIM and go from there. I'm 5'7 about 180 when I started Bodybeast and my calories to put on mass just under 2900 calories. You will get there. Do the math and you will be fine.
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RE: Want to talk nutrition
2/11/13 6:56 AM as a reply to NurseDan87.
I started BodyBeast Lean just before Halloween, was at 207# and mostly belly fat, aiming to lose belly/weight and wanting to develop lean muscle mass.

I did the calculations in the Book of Beast, and tried to hit those calorie levels for the three phases right on, with mo additions or subtractions to gain or lose weight. I lost 16 pounds, went from a BodyFat% of about 27 to 19, and knocked 5 inches off my waist-line.

Coach Dominic is correct - if you short yourself of calories, you likely will not be getting enough to fuel your workout. You ought to aim for the calorie levels you need for the day, as well as the proper mix of macro-nutrients (for the Build and Bulk phases, that will be 25% of your calories in protein, 50% in carbs, and 25% in fats).

The fat weight will come off, and strength training will change your metabolic activity levels, so you'll burn more calories routinely. Some of those pounds will stay on your frame, but they'll be in the form of lean muscle mass.

Follow the Book's recommendations as closely as possible - re-compute your CIM before you start every phase, use a Body fat estimator so you know what your calorie needs are, and eat enough to power your workouts. You will see the results!

Whatever it takes!
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RE: Want to talk nutrition
2/12/13 3:58 PM as a reply to Beware03.
ok great. Thanks guys! i will start with 2600 a day and see where that leads me. Im burning a lot with these workouts, according to my calorie watch, its telling me almost 800 with each workout. so hopefully if i do 2600 a day I will be able to more.

Plus I really prefer lifting weights as my workout of choice, and of course flexibility. So lets see how it goes, thank you guys!
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