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Unread 05-31-2018, 08:57 AM
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Default Transitioning from Category 2 to Category 1 (protein recommendations changed)

Hello all. This is not my first time running rapid fat loss. I've done it a very long tie ago too. (yes, it's my fault that I got off track, and went from category 1, back into the mid/high category 2 level again)

anyhow, i'm back at the borderline between cat 2 and 1...

Because of my Obsessive Nature, I still have my written notes from years ago, when i transitioned into category 1 at the time... Right now, my LBM is 160lbs, and I'm around 15% bf.

so according to calculations, I should be on: 320g of protein per day.

However, when looking back at my original run of cat 1: I had 280g or protein per day! when digging deeper into this, i realized that recommendations have changed (for protein recommendations in Category 1).


original version: 1.5 - 2g protein/ lb LBM
current version: 2g protein/ lb LBM



I'm very tempted to stick to my original diet plan which I used years ago, and stick with 280g for the first 12 days, and then 800g of carbs for day 13, and 320g of carbs for day 14, and maintaining 280g of protein on those days too. (only for the reason, that my results at that time where incredible) tbh, i don't think i ran RFL category 1 more than once, i may have done it twice. but i was in great shape after it. and maintained and then went on to gain strength and 'lean gain'.


Any thoughts on what I should do? Stick to what's proven for me? Which I think is the logical thing. Or is there any reason to go for 320g of protein per day?

It's a 60g difference, which only works out to 240 calories extra per day. But on a low calorie diet like this... that 240 calories could potentially be a 15-20% increase from my total caloric intake.


Logic tells me to go with what's worked. But just wanted to know if others are aware of the old recommendation of 1.5-2 g protein/LBM, and wanted to know their take on this.


thanks!

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240 calories is really more like 192 calories due to protein's high thermal effect.

You only run Category 1 for 10 days or so... So you're talking about less than 2,000 calories or HALF OF ONE POUND.

I think I'd be more concerned about preserving my hard earned muscle than that HALF pound of fat I MIGHT burn.

You can't really be too wrong either way here. It's just not enough to really make a big difference. Just make sure you're not South of 280 for sure.
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