Body recompiling or cutting? : xxfitness

Hi everyone ๐Ÿ™‚ i’m new here, but i’ve been lurking for a while about whether i should cut or body remodel!

statistics: 22 K 4’11 118 lb 26 waist 33 hips my weight is fairly distributed but mostly on my hips(s)

My BMR ~ 1350 and TDEE maintenance is 1900-2000 (I realize I’m too short so I burn a little gas to think I’m overeating but considering how much energy I spend at the gym I know I can’t actually go below 1500 LOL or I’d be miserable)

I lost 8-10 lbs by constantly lifting weights, increasing protein, slightly calorie deficit (I didn’t keep track, I just prepared more meals and didn’t go out much) I noticed my waist size definitely dropped as my jeans and surrounding people got smaller

background: newbie to lifting/weight training – I do it consistently 5-6 times a week for 6 months (push/pull/2 leg days/full body/low steady state cardio+abs) around 23-25% of my %BF Can I say that? I have some muscle definition but definitely a lot of fat (I think)

I’ve been debating lately whether I should go into a 500-calorie deficit and start tracking it more consistently to drop a few pounds by still lifting heavy, or should I just go with a slight deficit of ~1800 cals and keep doing heavy lifting.

My only concern is that a 500 calorie deficit will affect my weight training and mental health LOL I’m not “hungry” but I feel weaker at the gym? The fitness community offers advice on body regeneration, reverse dieting, weight loss/filling, etc. it can get really confusing between suggestions so any tips/insights/comments are appreciated ๐Ÿ™‚

this is where my muscle “definition” is at 1. 2nd-

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