Calories too low??

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    LJ
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    Hey guys, needed some help with my diet because I’m getting really frustrated

    Background: I’m 240, 6’2 with a fairly significant amount of muscle, eat around 2300 calories daily and workout 6 days a week, I do cardio for 10 minutes before I start, and then stairs for 20 minutes after almost every day I workout

    I’ve been cutting for about 9 months now (burning off COVID weight) and lost a lot of fat and look significantly better, but I’ve hit a wall at 240 now for 3 months and I can’t seem to drop it
    Someone mentioned that my calories may be too low and causing my metabolism to crash, is this true?

    I’m just really out of ideas and would welcome any tips! Thanks again

    #197047
    Jacob beebe
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    If you’ve been dieting for 9 months straight then definitely consider a maintenance phase, pull back on cardio a bit and then repeat the process. Good job on losing that weight. Good luck!

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    LJ
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    If you’ve been dieting for 9 months straight then definitely consider a maintenance phase, pull back on cardio a bit and then repeat the process. Good job on losing that weight. Good luck!

    Interesting, I have done like a week or so of upping calories but it might be a good idea to spend a couple more weeks doing. That, thanks!

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    Alextico
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    Same boat, I’ve been cutting for like 5 months and I am now stuck at 247, been here for like a month. I’ve tried to do carb load days, going up calories for a week or so, basically doing all I can to avoid the inevitable which is accept cut is done and my body needs a break. Going back to maintenance slowly going up in calories, staying up for 4 weeks and hopefully by mid January start a new cut. It absolutely sucks seen the scale going down and then getting stuck, but is how it goes. Good luck with your goals man…

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    BrianNixon
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    BryceBahm
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    Andrew Fancher
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    Would love to add a response here!

    LJ,

    Congrats on your weight loss, that’s amazing! I understand seeing the weight loss on the scale is important to keep you motivated too! My input here would really be to ask you if your mirror progress has still continued? Sometimes your weight loss may have slowed or even halted, but it is certainly possible you are still losing body fat, and perhaps adding some muscle at a very slow pace, at the exact same time. Essentially this would mean you will not see the scale move much at all.

    Given your activity level I would also recommend upping your calories to 2500-2600 for a couple weeks and gauge progress from there.

    For a reference I’m 6’2” and somewhere in the high 270s. I workout 4x a week and have 2 long cardio days built in on the last two workouts. I eat around 2500-2800 everyday except my long cardio days where I am easily in the low 3000s. Weight loss has slowed down, but body fat% is still going in a positive direction while performance and strength in the gym is slowly increasing as well.

    Hope this helps! Keep grinding!

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