Originally Posted by BendtheBar
You need to start where you are with calories and pull back 300. Watch that after the first 2 weeks. Not during the first 2 weeks. That doesn't count.
After the first two weeks you want to be losing about 1.5 per week. If that is not occurring, pull back your cals by 200 more a day and give it 2-3 weeks.
Thanks, but I think I misunderstood the post. I'm 171 trying to go up to 180, and I would have a really hard time losing scale weight because I have worked so hard to reach 171 although not lean. I will go back and read your thread "To Bulk or Cut" where you essentially eat for the maintenance of a 180 lb guy, and eventually will reach your goal. Seems simple, although slower route perhaps.