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What to expect when I cut
07-19-2015, 03:57 PM
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RE: What to expect when I cut
Sounds like a great plan - time to re-focus!

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07-25-2015, 03:32 AM
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3 and a half down today. Phew!
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07-25-2015, 08:48 AM
Post: #13
RE: What to expect when I cut
Yay! Have you been keeping your calories up in that 2300 - 2400 range?

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07-25-2015, 11:29 AM
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RE: What to expect when I cut
Yes, possibly even slightly more on a couple of days.
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07-25-2015, 04:38 PM
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RE: What to expect when I cut
FABulous news!!

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07-27-2015, 03:32 AM
Post: #16
RE: What to expect when I cut
Anitra, i've been at 2300-2400 cals for 5 weeks now, and will be at it (or slightly above with holiday coming up) for another 4. I am pretty sure I'm at true TDEE, with Fitbit weekly report checking in at right around 2400 average for the last 8 weeks. I think I'm happy here anyway; I don't feel like a stuffed pig Anyway!

So, my question is, do you think 9 weeks at 2400 will be long enough to then cut? Or would you think 12 would be better? I feel like it's such a long time since I ate 1400 and so much has changed in my head that I could cut. But, I just read the reset guide again and noticed that it says if you 'want' to cut it's probably too soon. I can't wait to cut!! Is that a really bad sign?

Like I said before, I feel like i've worked really hard for this, so I don't want to fall at the last hurdle by cutting too soon. I have a long history of dieting, but not consistently....so I might severely cut back my calories once or twice a year (for many many years) but in the other 6-8 months, I'd have eaten plenty. (Embarrassed by that now!)

I was just telling a friend yesterday about EM2WL and how I genuinely feel like it might have changed my life. All the guilt has gone from food. All the feelings of deprivation and hanger. BUT I do feel bigger than I want to be. I do want to wear smaller jeans. I want to start the next stage of this journey (in 4 weeks when I'm home from hols). I want to go back to 2100 and see what happens. If I want to, does that mean I shouldn't?? Aargh

I have come to really trust your opinion, so would really appreciate your input. No need to sugar coat...I really want to do it properly. Do I sound ready? Is 9 weeks long enough? Will I have failed myself if I don't keep pushing past 2400 (remember I had a big gain when I went slightly past 2400) and seeing if I could actually go higher?

I am 40 at Christmas. I have to admit, I want to be smaller then, so I am slightly concerned that I'm pushing too early just because of that.....

Thanks Anitra.
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07-27-2015, 07:12 AM
Post: #17
RE: What to expect when I cut
If you feel comfortable at this level then in all honesty I would stay here for a solid 12 weeks. I know it sounds like an eternity but you really want to make sure your body realizes that this level is maintenance. And when you cut, you want your body to recognize it as a cut. 12 weeks puts you at mid-September, which still gives you a couple of good months to cut before the holidays. Personally I would stay strong at TDEE for that 12 weeks and give your body all the time it needs to heal and adjust to that level. Consistency is key....... Hang tight!

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07-27-2015, 12:03 PM
Post: #18
RE: What to expect when I cut
Okay, will do. Like I say, totally trust your opinion.

When I do cut, is there such a thing as an average rate of loss? I'm going to go in at 10% and am pretty sure that I read it can take some time to get moving, but once it starts coming off, can I reasonable expect 250x7= 1/2 pound lost a week?

Also, just for reference, so I don't have to keep bothering you, how frequently should I jump back up to 2400 and for how long?

Thanks so much for taking the time to respond every time I contact you!
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07-27-2015, 10:19 PM (This post was last modified: 07-27-2015 10:23 PM by AnitraSoto.)
Post: #19
RE: What to expect when I cut
Well, every body responds differently, but after investing so much time in resetting, there is no point in risking cutting too soon, or else you will just find yourself right back resetting again and giving it more time.

As far as the loss, again, that is all individual. Often people can stay at a 10 or 15% deficit for a month or so before things finally start trending downwards. Just about the time they are ready to give up and try dropping their calories more, things start moving in a positive direction. For others, they start trending downwards much more quickly. It really can be so individual it's hard to predict. One thing I can promise you, the sooner you just settle in, relax, and let things just happen when they happen the smoother it will go for you, and the better your results will be. Stress, and the related cortisol spikes, are our worst enemy on this journey, right after a trashed metabolism laughing Kiki did a great video about how stress unknowingly sabotaged her results for a good long while... Well worth a watch (on You Tube) https://youtu.be/XfmUO9ViM0Y Please do not think that I am implying that you are overly stressed or anything, but those who have the best results have truly just settled into the process and let their bodies do what their bodies are going to do (and at their own sweet time)...

And please don't ever think that you are bothering me.. I am here to help! Of course, I have a full-time "day job" as well as coaching clients, (and a daughter, and a one year-old grand-daughter..........), but whenever I have a free moment, I am on here to offer support and advice, because we all want everybody to be successful with EM2WL! We want to be able to feature your Success Story on here one day in the future!

As far as how long to stay at cut before taking a TDEE break, again that will depend on how you feel. Some people, when it actually comes time to cut, can't imagine living on less and only stay at a deficit for a few weeks before taking a break (funny how things change laughing ) I generally say if you have been on a deficit for 4 - 6 weeks, I would make sure you take a good solid one week break. If you stay at cut for longer, say 8 weeks, then a nice 2 week break is in order. You just don't want to your body to adapt that cut and down-shift your metabolism (again). You worked too hard getting it up where it should be!

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07-28-2015, 03:24 AM
Post: #20
RE: What to expect when I cut
Brilliant, thanks. I will definitely watch that youtube video later on today.

It's all very exciting! X
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