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    Robert Snair
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    Hi Joe, It has been a while since I posted a question as I have tried to learn through practical application of what I am learning.  I was hoping to ask a question around adjusting my calories as I lean down.  My goal is to maintain muscle, while cutting the fat.  When I started this journey, I was 317lbs and 45% body fat.  Fast forward 11 months, I am now 194lbs and and around 20% body fat.  I used your diet planner as a starting point and consistently follow your program builder, creating a new program every 6 weeks.  With your information and programs, you have helped change my life.

    When adjusting my diet, I have used various indicators, including sleep, stress, water consumption and salt intake.  For consistency purposes, I have chosen foods that I enjoy and can prepare easily.  There is a a good balance of everything and is based on meeting my macro needs.  When looking at changing my calories, I have read many things on when they are low and put you at risk of going catabolic.  At present, I am loosing around 1.5 pounds a week. When I started this journey, my deficit had me loosing 2 plus pounds a week.  Through trail and error, I adjusted to 1.5 once I was getting close to 220lbs.

    If I continue to consistently loose 1.5 a week, I should be ok until I reach 15-16% body fat?  This is uncharted territory for me and I am unsure of next steps.  I should never go below 1800 calories?  After I reached 1800 and started to plateau, I took a diet break and ate at maintenance for 2 weeks, before diving back in at a reduced deficit.  I am missing anything?  This seems to have worked for me overall, but I was hoping for any suggestions you could provide

    All the best and stay safe

    Robert Snair

     

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    Joe
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    #20696
    Robert Snair
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    Thank you Joe, much appreciated!

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