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Old 01-04-2011, 11:18 AM   #2
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What's your age PCT?

In general since you're not a bodybuilder and not looking to micromanage everything, I might suggest starting around 2500 per day. That might be a bit high, but I would rather see you start higher and back off if needed. Heck, you might have an uber metabolism and need more. But that's unlikely.

I would try 2500 for a few weeks. The first week you will drop extra water weight as your body relaxes a bit from digestion demands and carb overkill. After week 1 if you are losing more than 2 pounds a week I would add 200-300 calories per day. Losing weight too quickly zaps muscle and strength.

If you're not losing weight then I would drop 200-300 calories per day.

If you want to eat more on training days, I would do something like 2800 on training days, 2200 on off days, or similar, trying to keep the 2500 average. You could do a smaller adjustment like 2700 and 2300.
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