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  • Posted On: 08-08-20, 3:56 am (EDT) #1

    Cutting at 17

    August 8, 2020, 3:56 am

    My body fat is around 23% but recently I started cutting and increased my protein to 165g and carbs to 135g, and fat to 38g (which is equivalent to around 1500 cals). 

    I want to cut to 15% body fat but I’ve been advised not to start cutting since I’m 17. I’ve been hitting the gym for like 3-4 years now, and usually bulked for the majority of that time (I weighed like 165ib, now I weigh 150ib). I haven’t grown in height for years now, so I don’t think I’ll stunt my growth if I cut.
    I’m prepared to lose muscle mass and willing to spend the time needed to regain it. The reason why I want to start cutting is because I’m not happy with my body fat on my abdomen, lower back and chest. I included pictures of me flexed and rested (face removed for privacy).

  • Posted On: 08-08-20, 6:24 pm (EDT) #2

    Cutting at 17

    August 8, 2020, 6:24 pm
    Posted by: markuf

    My body fat is around 23% but recently I started cutting and increased my protein to 165g and carbs to 135g, and fat to 38g (which is equivalent to around 1500 cals). 

    I want to cut to 15% body fat but I’ve been advised not to start cutting since I’m 17. I’ve been hitting the gym for like 3-4 years now, and usually bulked for the majority of that time (I weighed like 165ib, now I weigh 150ib). I haven’t grown in height for years now, so I don’t think I’ll stunt my growth if I cut.
    I’m prepared to lose muscle mass and willing to spend the time needed to regain it. The reason why I want to start cutting is because I’m not happy with my body fat on my abdomen, lower back and chest. I included pictures of me flexed and rested (face removed for privacy).

    @markuf Hey man!


    You probably can afford to cut a little bit. Your protein looks good in terms of your macros, but your overall calories seem very low. I punched your numbers into the @mealplan calculator (guessed your height at 5'9) and it comes out as:


    BMR At Rest: 1695 Calories

    BMR In Motion: 2628 Calories


    So you're eating LESS than you need on days you don't even train. If you're still training, you need more calories my friend. A cut is fine, but your calories are lower than they should be right now.


    Increase fats in-particular and get yourself more up to 2000 - 2200 calories!

  • Posted On: 08-08-20, 8:55 pm (EDT) #3

    Cutting at 17

    August 8, 2020, 8:55 pm
    Posted by: Scott_Herman

    @markuf Hey man!


    You probably can afford to cut a little bit. Your protein looks good in terms of your macros, but your overall calories seem very low. I punched your numbers into the @mealplan calculator (guessed your height at 5'9) and it comes out as:


    BMR At Rest: 1695 Calories

    BMR In Motion: 2628 Calories


    So you're eating LESS than you need on days you don't even train. If you're still training, you need more calories my friend. A cut is fine, but your calories are lower than they should be right now.


    Increase fats in-particular and get yourself more up to 2000 - 2200 calories!

    I'm 5'8 but your estimation was pretty accurate, that's cool! 


    If BMR at Rest means that I don't do anything besides watch Netflix all day, does BMR in motion refer to if I'm a guy that takes walks, likes to get up all the time to move around or does it mean I exercise? I guess I'll eat a bit more instead. I burn 300-500 calories 4-6 times a week (depending on what cardio equipment I use). Would 144g carbs, 44g fat, 180g protein (1700 calories) be good enough? 


    Also, apparently I read somewhere that I should be eating the same everyday regardless of if I exercise or not, I'm assuming that's just BS? 


    Thank you for your response!

  • Posted On: 08-09-20, 5:23 pm (EDT) #4

    Cutting at 17

    August 9, 2020, 5:23 pm
    Posted by: markuf

    I'm 5'8 but your estimation was pretty accurate, that's cool! 


    If BMR at Rest means that I don't do anything besides watch Netflix all day, does BMR in motion refer to if I'm a guy that takes walks, likes to get up all the time to move around or does it mean I exercise? I guess I'll eat a bit more instead. I burn 300-500 calories 4-6 times a week (depending on what cardio equipment I use). Would 144g carbs, 44g fat, 180g protein (1700 calories) be good enough? 


    Also, apparently I read somewhere that I should be eating the same everyday regardless of if I exercise or not, I'm assuming that's just BS? 


    Thank you for your response!

    @markuf BMR In Motion refers to exercise generally - can be cardio or resistance training.


    I'd suggest aiming for something more like 150g carbs, 75g fat, 185g protein (2015 calories). Remember you're better off eating as many calories as possible while still losing weight, so you have more room to reduce calories later if needed. And again, this shouldn't be a big cut for you at only 17 years old. Should be very, very minimal.


    If you're cutting, I would just say you could lower carbs on days you're not training.

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