Cutting/Trimming Down...Need Advice!

  • mikeylovesit

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    Oct 27, 2011 1:20 AM GMT
    Hey guys...basically, I've spent the last three years trying to gain some muscle mass, and I feel like I've gained a respectable amount. I went from 170 lbs to 210 lbs today. So, bottom line is that I'm interested in starting the cutting and toning phase now, but I have literally zero experience with it.

    I've been planning just to incorporate more cardio into my regular high weight-low rep type workouts, but I've considered changing to low weight-high rep. I just don't wanna lose much of my muscle mass. Feel like it's been tough to gain! What should I do?

    Also, what are good cutting supplements? Basically want to burn the excess fat off and keep as much muscle as possible. Thanks for the help (especially other tall people)!

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    Oct 27, 2011 2:55 AM GMT
    Decrease your carb intake. Save the carbs for before and after your workouts. Rest of the day should be more protein and less carbs/fat in your meals. You can probably maintain your current workout routine. If it helped you gain some muscle mass, then why change it, right?

    Don't worry about supplements. Maybe a little coffee or tea to help you power through the workouts. What type of cardio are you doing? And how often?
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    Oct 27, 2011 2:08 PM GMT
    Don't talk about losing fat or apparently you have body dysmorphia ¬_¬

    Losing fat is I guess about creating deficit. So no more big bulking meals. Find your basal metabolic rate and take off 400 cals and that should be a good place to start.

    I find eating lots of complex carbs for breakfast and lunch really keep you going on a low calorie diet.
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    Oct 27, 2011 2:16 PM GMT
    weisumin saidDon't talk about losing fat or apparently you have body dysmorphia ¬_¬

    Losing fat is I guess about creating deficit. So no more big bulking meals. Find your basal metabolic rate and take off 400 cals and that should be a good place to start.

    I find eating lots of complex carbs for breakfast and lunch really keep you going on a low calorie diet.


    Lol dont take my comment too personally dude. What I was trying to indicate is that u look good already and have visible abs. That means ur body fat is prob below 10%. Getting much lower is dangerous, so ur better off building muscle to change ur body's lean mass to fat ratio.
  • mikeylovesit

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    Oct 27, 2011 7:50 PM GMT
    Thanks for the input so far. I don't mean that I feel like I've got a ton of fat to burn off or anything, but I would like to have better tone and more defined abs and muscles. I think that definition is just tough for me genetically plus I don't really know the best way to go about trying to achieve it. I guess I'm afraid that if I don't eat enough calories, I'll lose the muscle that it took three years to gain. Just striving to find the right mix of exercises, cardio, supplements, diet. It's complex!
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    Dec 14, 2011 5:37 AM GMT
    xrichx saidDecrease your carb intake. Save the carbs for before and after your workouts. Rest of the day should be more protein and less carbs/fat in your meals. You can probably maintain your current workout routine. If it helped you gain some muscle mass, then why change it, right?

    Don't worry about supplements. Maybe a little coffee or tea to help you power through the workouts. What type of cardio are you doing? And how often?


    I'd go with this guy. I didn't really get visible abs until I changed the way I eat carbs. No supplements, same workout, I just cut most of my regular carbs and replaced them with high-fiber/high protein sources like quinoa and lentils.
    I hardly do ANY cardio (running maybe 3x/week, if that,) but I was pretty lean to begin with.

    "Abs are made in the kitchen, not the gym."

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    Dec 19, 2011 10:42 PM GMT
    Okay, I don't know if I'd go with coffee BEFORE a workout, but coffee is mos def a GREAT fat burner. I'm not advocating the preworkout coffee though because yes, it does give you a good pump to workout, but it sounds like you're working hard already, and when I do coffee first sometimes I throw up, or get really gassy if I do obliques (we're all guys here, admit you fart). But what I do is just water before and during and then protein after. (Maybe fruit juice if you're not trying to gain.) Just drink coffee whenever you normally would.

    This one time I made a protein shake with whey protein, glutamine, creatine, ovaltine (because it needed to taste better) and mixed it not with water, not with milk, with iced espresso! Best workout ever! And then I threw up several times in the locker room. Embarassing! I mean if you wanna get a good ab workout after you've worked out really hard, throwing up's not bad, but...I don't recommend it.
  • lick_it_low

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    Dec 30, 2011 9:18 AM GMT
    Diet, Diet, Diet

    If you want that ripped lean look you have to work for it in the gym and out of the gym.

    I stay lean with high carbs, high protein and moderate calories (moderate for lifting not normal person)

    I am 186 at 10% bf so I eat around 200 grams of protein a day and 180 carbs. The only fat in my diet is from almonds, olive oil, and whatever lean cuts of meat I eat.

    Only supplements I would say to get for weight loss but you do not need them until the end of your fat loss, they help get the hard to burn areas.

    Yohimbe, L-Carnitine, and Green Tea Extract.