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Old 09-29-2009, 12:41 PM   #11
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Good luck man,

Use the water mixed with fiber powder to help get you between meals, and chew alot of mint gum. When I start dieting I chew so much gum its almost like I just quit smoking..lol

You can do it.
Thanks Mauler. I WILL make this work. I need a diet that allows for massive food on the weekends
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Old 09-29-2009, 01:01 PM   #12
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Thanks Mauler. I WILL make this work. I need a diet that allows for massive food on the weekends
Good luck MAB, I know you will do great and just look forward to those saturdays!

And how are you tracking your calories? Are you using a website or keeping track by hand??
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You can do it. Once you settle into it, it will be easier, and you will probably get to feel better on the low cal days.
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Old 09-29-2009, 02:05 PM   #14
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Good luck MAB, I know you will do great and just look forward to those saturdays!

And how are you tracking your calories? Are you using a website or keeping track by hand??
Thanks guys.

I track them in my brain. I've been counting calories for over 20 years...it seems like second nature. I know just about every calorie of every food.
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I'll be following this one. Question though. How did you determine your daily calories? I think I remember seeing something related to a person's BMR in a different thread, but I can't seem to find it. Good luck, I'm very interested.
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I'll be following this one. Question though. How did you determine your daily calories? I think I remember seeing something related to a person's BMR in a different thread, but I can't seem to find it. Good luck, I'm very interested.
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I didn't stick strict to the numbers, but close enough.
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So let me get this straight. On training days you eat at your BMR. On nontraining days you eat below BMR, and once a week you eat BMRx2? That's what I was wondering.
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Old 09-30-2009, 09:19 PM   #18
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So let me get this straight. On training days you eat at your BMR. On nontraining days you eat below BMR, and once a week you eat BMRx2? That's what I was wondering.
That's basically it when you're trying to cut.

You can use spike for maintenance and bulking as well, as far as I understand it.
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So for me, a male, age 46, 5'10" 215 lbs. I get to generously consume 1981.65 calories on training days? About 1481.65 on non training days (what should I do AFTER breakfast?)? And about 3963.3 on the spike day?

Sorry to hijack your journal. I just need some clarification. All this talk by you and a few others about cutting has got me motivated.
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So for me, a male, age 46, 5'10" 215 lbs. I get to generously consume 1981.65 calories on training days? About 1481.65 on non training days (what should I do AFTER breakfast?)? And about 3963.3 on the spike day?

Sorry to hijack your journal. I just need some clarification. All this talk by you and a few others about cutting has got me motivated.
NP. Hijack away. That's why this forum is here.

If I remember correctly, you shouldn't go below 2,000 calories on any days. The BMR is more of a guideline then anything. I hold weight around 3300 calories per day, and I will be averaging 2600 per day on the Spike.

If I were you, I'd try 2000 on non-training days, 2500 on training days, and 4500 on Spike days. This would put you close to 2500 per day on the average, which should be a good range for you. I can't see how you wouldn't lose fat at that level. Heck, you're an active guy...you might be able to pull off 5000 on Spike days and lose weight.

I think Mauler, our forum-mate that invented the Spike could provide more feedback. But, with that said, Dr. Squat Fred Hatfield had me zig-zagging long before I heard of the Spike. Though Fred Hatfield's approach is slightly different, the theory is the same.

I think it's best for anyone trying the spike to find their maintenance level, subtract 400 calories per day from that (or 2800 calories per week), and reverse engineer the Spike in that fashion.

Or, just take my template and tweak.
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