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    i have a question about cutting fat. in my first week of cutting on a 400 calories deficit(i have a physical job so i thought that would be enough,didnt want to lose to much to quick) whilst doing my cardio i didnt see a loss.

    the second week i decreased it by another 100 cals but couldnt do any cardio as i sprained my ankle but done my gym workouts. but in doing that i lost 3lbs.

    does anyone have any idea on that,why its so irregular?
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    Assuming you were doing your usual physical job and the calorie reduction, then yes, expect to loose weight.

    When you calculate your BMR, make sure you are including your job in the activity level.

    Good Luck!

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    The suggested amount of calorie deficit is 300-500 calories. You only taking a 300 calorie deficit may not have been enough for your body. But 400 probably was.
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    Dont use the scale to determine if your diet is working or not. Remember, your working out as well so you can build muscle while losing fat. Your mirror and how your clothes fit, those are the real judges! Good Luck
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    Quote Originally Posted by Bleed4IT View Post
    Dont use the scale to determine if your diet is working or not. Remember, your working out as well so you can build muscle while losing fat. Your mirror and how your clothes fit, those are the real judges! Good Luck
    i disagree, respectfully.
    the scale is a measurement that allows you to track progress. as pounds start to come off, it is a visible reward that will be reflected in the mirror, yes. but resistance training during a calorie deficit maintains muscle, only beginners will see muscle gains and fat losses simaltaneously. without a surplus of calories, muscles lack the nutrients and energy needed to repair, recover, and ultimately grow.

    give yourself realistic goals that you will still have to work hard to achieve, and once you've set them stay true to your pursuit of them.

    i wish you the best of luck! be sure to stock up on eggs, peanut butter, and multi grains!

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    I agree with rtdiesel.

    Also, for the newbies who can actually put on some muscle while cutting, it only lasts very little. You'll find everything dropping soon enough.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ashleigh View Post
    i have a question about cutting fat. in my first week of cutting on a 400 calories deficit(i have a physical job so i thought that would be enough,didnt want to lose to much to quick) whilst doing my cardio i didnt see a loss.

    the second week i decreased it by another 100 cals but couldnt do any cardio as i sprained my ankle but done my gym workouts. but in doing that i lost 3lbs.

    does anyone have any idea on that,why its so irregular?
    I cut using Doug's beginner routine and the amount I lost each week fluctuated quite often, even though my diet was solid. Just one of those things I guess. I always kept track of how much I had lost TOTAL and averaged it out over how long I had been working out. For instance, if you lost nothing the first week and three pounds the next, you're averaging 1.5 lbs. per week. Not a bad number. Now, if you continue to lose 3+ lbs. per week, you might want to reconsider your diet as you may be burning some muscle as well.

    In short, I didn't ever make any major changes based on one week's numbers. If it became a pattern, I'd take a closer look at it. Worked well for me. Good luck!
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    with respect to all who posted a reply to my thread,did anyone actually read my original question properly?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Ashleigh View Post
    i have a question about cutting fat. in my first week of cutting on a 400 calories deficit(i have a physical job so i thought that would be enough,didnt want to lose to much to quick) whilst doing my cardio i didnt see a loss.

    the second week i decreased it by another 100 cals but couldnt do any cardio as i sprained my ankle but done my gym workouts. but in doing that i lost 3lbs.

    does anyone have any idea on that,why its so irregular?
    Hi mate,

    You may not always lose 1lb every single week, things can very well fluctuate.
    My advice is to get your bodyfat done so you know where this 3lb loss has come from.
    Are you sure you have been following your diet correctly?

    I have experienced a similar thing, yet im in a bulk.
    First 1-2 weeks gained nothing, and then a week later i gain 1-2kg, and then the next week i weigh myself again and see that i have only gained 0.8kg from the original starting weight.

    Things can fluctuate, remember that.

    Weigh yourself in a few days time, and re-check.
    Consistency is the key

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    Quote Originally Posted by Scrutiny View Post
    Hi mate,

    You may not always lose 1lb every single week, things can very well fluctuate.
    My advice is to get your bodyfat done so you know where this 3lb loss has come from.
    Are you sure you have been following your diet correctly?

    I have experienced a similar thing, yet im in a bulk.
    First 1-2 weeks gained nothing, and then a week later i gain 1-2kg, and then the next week i weigh myself again and see that i have only gained 0.8kg from the original starting weight.

    Things can fluctuate, remember that.

    Weigh yourself in a few days time, and re-check.
    ok thanks mate but the bit im sure of most is that in the second week i couldnt do my cardio because i twisted my ankle and needed to rest it but still had the 3lb loss.

    im assuming that when i resume my cardio will i lose even more?
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    If you calculated your BMR correctly, subtracted 500, plan your diet accordingly and follow your training routine, you shouldn't be loosing more than 2 lbs per week, which is the recommended amount to avoid loosing as much muscle as possible.

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    No. You got great advise from ppl who know what they're talking about. And they're trying to tell you not to put too much emphasis on what the scale says over a one week period.

    There's a bigger picture to look at
    When it's all over said and done, you're gonna regret the things you 'didn't do', more than the things you did.
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