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    need help

    im 39 years old and new to trt and working out. i have a high bodyfat%. im 5foot9 230lbs and basicly wondering if 1800 cals is a good start to lose some fat and possibly tone up any muscle i have now. looking for any helpfull advise on where to start with my diet. thank you.


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    You need to start with diet. Have the numbers calculated for a calorie deficit mode on my fitness pal. Mainly Protein/Carb/Fats. You can do that or you can talk to Spongy, read the sticky about dieting in the Dieting forum, it's very helpful.

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    Another thing that would be very helpful to you is to start a log on here of your body so people can see where you're at and offer more helpful advice.

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    What did your diet look like prior to this? What have you done in the past that's worked, or not worked, for you?

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    Google “TDEE” to get a better starting point since it varies depending on existing body composition and activity level.

    That said, you’re pretty close to the calorie level I use. You can always stay there and adjust based on the scale.
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    Going from low T to regular or high end T will give you the feeling of more air power. Like less time needed between sets. Be careful with your workout so as to increase volume or intensity at a regular pace. With your body adjusting to lower caloric intake and increased caloric demand, you do not want to burn up muscle as that could be extremely counter productive. Muscle is alive and burns its own calories as I am sure you know. Might look into some amino acids that prevent catabolic effects such as Luecine (which also happens to be very anabolic), or HMB. And I'm sure someone will get on here with better info than I.

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    Spongy’s recomp sticky under diet and nutrition is great stuff. Start there dude. Hit the gym and turn that fat into muscle baby!

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    I used TDEE when I wanted to get serious about it. It just depends on where you're at and your goals. I know personally I started with small steps, such as only drinking water period. Then increased my fruits and vegetable intake substantially. You will be extremely hungry all the time. I agree with looking at what you have been eating. A calorie deficit of that much will not help you build muscle nor will it change your habits toward keeping off the weight.

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    How long have you been on HRT?

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    If your new to trt I would see what happens without a drastic change in diet like that. Even stay at round maintenance calories and get your try dialled in. Trt along with just starting training should see results
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    Thank you for the replies. I’ve been on for only 3 weeks so far. My diet before was horrible mostly daily snacks. I did the calculator and it said for extreme weight loss 1800 calories but I didn’t know if that should be different being on test.

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