Maintenance calories are defined as the total calories required on a daily basis to maintain body weight with no gains/losses to fat/muscle tissue. What does eating at maintenance calories feel like? Idk – like life doesn’t suck? In case no one reminded ya lately, just about EVERYTHING gets better with more food.
Indicators You May Not Be Consuming Adequate Calories:
Women Specific Indicators:
The list could go on forever....
There’s Typically 2 Types of People:
Your body doesn’tttt really dig that sh*t. “Exercise more & eat less” might be the most generic, poor advice EVER & is probably an effective way to NOT lose fat. Think of it this way: If you were on an island with only a backpack of food – You would ration EVERY last ounce morsel of food. Similarly, if your body doesn’t know when it’ll get fed next, it’s going to down-regulate metabolism & hang onto anything we give it in order to survive
Doublecheck Your Caloric Intake:
Ex: 28 y/o, 5’3 female, 15% BF, @bryanboorstein bodybuilding
4x week ‘moderate exercise’ = 2200 calories
5x week ‘heavy exercise’ = 2450 calories
Logged intake -> 130p 300c 75f = 2395 cal
Pretty spot on! Still unsure? Drastically undereating? Still suffering symptoms? Consider hiring an experienced coach.
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