- Dec 28, 2015
The body can be weird sometimes when it comes to caloric intake and hormones. This is why I tend to laugh when I hear people say they just need to cut calories to lose weight and increase calories to gain weight. It is not that simple. For example, my maintenance caloric intake is 3000-3100. What do I when I first start a cut? Increase the calories to 3500. It is freaking crazy, but adding in a 7th meal with an additional 400-500 calories kicks my metabolism into overdrive. I drop weight fast. When it slows, I start reducing the calories by 10-15%. If I don't kickstart with the increase in calories, I almost have to cut to 2200-2400 before I start noticing anything.