Tips on cutting

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    Jan 18, 2012 8:16 PM GMT
    Hey dudes.
    I've never had to cut before. Had a massive gaining period at the end of last year and now I need to cut down. Any tips on cutting?
    My plan so far is to get onto a paleo diet for say 6 weeks (as that how long I macrocycle for) and do crossfit style workout in this period.
    Any other tips?
    Foods to avoid?
    Is coffee bad during cutting?
    Really would love some input here guys.
    Thanks
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    Jan 18, 2012 8:20 PM GMT
    Up the river, not across.
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    Jan 18, 2012 8:33 PM GMT
    ConfederateGhost saidUp the river, not across.


    hahahahahaha lmao
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    Jan 18, 2012 8:41 PM GMT
    If you're planning for a significant diet change that you only plan to implement for a determined amount of time be ready to gain it all back as soon as you change back to what you were eating before. Diet changes are meant to be made as lifelong lifestyle changes, which is why they should be small and gradual.
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    Jan 18, 2012 9:08 PM GMT
    Well first thing I'd say, which might seem obvious, is that everyone's body is different and responds to different things. I know, really obvious, but it's so easy to forget. For example, I don't fare too well on low carb diets, where others do. So just be careful not to follow somebody else's diet to the letter.

    Next thing I'd suggest is that you start to track your nutrition. I used a website called dailyburn.com when I did this. Not saying it's the best, but it was easy and did the job, has an iPhone app too. You need to register an account then you enter what you ate each day, and the exercise you did. It will tell you your total calories consumed and the total burned. I'd recommend doing this for a couple of weeks, it really helps you get an idea of what you are eating, and importantly the varying carbs/proteins/fats in different foods. Once you've got a handle on this it's quite easy to begin reducing you calories to a sensible level for fat loss, the website will identify this for you.

    Paleo is good, but it's a pain to do unless you research it well. Get some recipes for a start, otherwise you'll just end up eating meat, boiled eggs and nuts... all day!

    CV wise, I've heard some guys say that low intensity and long duration CV works best, others say ramp up your metabolism with intervals. I don't know best, I did a bit of both. Just keep a track of your time and/or calorie burn so you can relate it to your food.

    You're much better off thinking about it as a long term thing rather than a quick cutting period. Cut your calories slightly, increase your burn slightly and the fat will go. Try to do it too quick and you'll get tired and ill, this is a lesson I learned the hard way!

    Good luck!
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    Jan 18, 2012 9:28 PM GMT
    I've just begun a significant cutting program myself, after over a year of "bulking up". My trainer, an ex-competitive bodybuilder, has me upping my water intake to about 1 1/2 to 2 liters, or gallons of water a day. Also cutting sugar from my diet, as much as possible, and keeping my carbs down to a bare minimum. increase your consumption of vegetables like green beans, asparagus, spinach. Any carbs that you do eat, like potatoes or brown rice, which is preferable to white rice, eat before 3 PM in the afternoon, because carbs take longer to be digested by the body and can be stored as fat a lot quicker. Try to reduce your sodium intake to under 70 mg for any particular item that has sodium in it. Any meats you have during the day (chicken, turkey, tuna, red meats) which is your primary source of proteins, cut down to approximately 7 ounces per serving. Eat approximately every 2 1/2 to 3 hours, averaging about 6 to 7 meals a day. Increase your cardio to approximately 5, maybe 6 sessions a week, at approximately 30 minutes a session no more. (try to burn over 500 cal per session)
    That, in a nutshell, is the basics. I followed this basic routine, about a year and a half ago, and lost about 20 pounds in three weeks. This time around, I'm trying to lose 25 pounds before my 50th birthday in April. I want to try to get back to my ripped appearance in some of my photos that are in my profile at this time.
    Addendum: try to find a certified, qualified, trainer that is knowledgeable in diet and nutrition, as well as working out, and get with that trainer to give you more focus...
    Good luck!
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    Jan 18, 2012 9:57 PM GMT
    coffee is fine, in fact it probably helps

    cut out alcohol, its probably the worst thing to have when you are cutting and probably the easiest to cut out of your diet
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    Jan 18, 2012 10:14 PM GMT
    Paleo will do it which means no processed carbs or processed sugar. Natural oils and fats are OK. Only black coffee.
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    Jan 19, 2012 12:40 AM GMT
    ConfederateGhost saidUp the river, not across.


    I've always heard it's: down the street, not across the lane
  • snowbuff37

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    Jan 19, 2012 12:54 AM GMT
    are you people kidding me?? only black coffee and no liquor?? WTF....
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    Jan 19, 2012 1:01 AM GMT
    ConfederateGhost saidUp the river, not across.


    that's what I was thinking when he said Tips on cutting...


    Also stimulants help. I stop drinking and eating anything that's related to a stimulant as it makes it next to impossible for me to gain weight. So stack those stimulants icon_eek.gificon_eek.gificon_eek.gificon_eek.gificon_eek.gificon_biggrin.gificon_biggrin.gificon_biggrin.gificon_biggrin.gificon_biggrin.gificon_biggrin.gificon_biggrin.gif
  • LaxJock16

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    Jan 19, 2012 1:04 AM GMT
    Defenseon said
    ConfederateGhost saidUp the river, not across.


    that's what I was thinking when he said Tips on cutting...


    Also stimulants help. I stop drinking and eating anything that's related to a stimulant as it makes it next to impossible for me to gain weight. So stack those stimulants icon_biggrin.gif


    I thought this was a thread on cutting like the thing emo girls and boys do to their arms... but eat really clean and pure... but please keep the razors in your shaver and not on your arms or wrists.