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    As Suggested, I have logged my diet and here are my macros for almos



    I am using an application on my phone to log everything, and it syncs with fatsecret.com.

    This is a screen shot of my diet calendar.

    My goal is weight loss. I am trying to stay around 2000 calories. Obviously I came up short a couple times, and went a bit over a couple times. I'm not sure where my FAT, CARBS, and PROTEIN should be. But here is where they are.

    I have not been logging my exercise except for that one day. Thats why the field is blank.

    Ok, so what am I doing wrong?

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    Good Lord, your protein is way too low. You need at least 1g of protein per lb of lean body mass.
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    I read the sticky on figuring lean body mass. I have no idea at what weight my ab muscles would start to show, so how do I calculate lean body mass? If I try to use my actual weight, I'll need to main-line Tuna through an IV.

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    Quote Originally Posted by djturnz View Post
    I read the sticky on figuring lean body mass. I have no idea at what weight my ab muscles would start to show, so how do I calculate lean body mass? If I try to use my actual weight, I'll need to main-line Tuna through an IV.
    You multiply your current weight by your %body fat expressed as a decimal. This will give you lbs of body fat. Then subtract your lbs of body fat from your total body weight.

    For Example: 185 lbs at 13% body fat is 24 lbs of fat and 161 lbs lean body mass.
    (185*0.19=24) then (185-24=161)

    Next multiply your LBM by 1 to 1.5 to get your daily protein requirement for bodybuilding.
    In this example you would need 161 to to 242g of protein/day.
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    How do I figure my Body fat?

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    Quote Originally Posted by djturnz View Post
    How do I figure my Body fat?
    Just estimate.

    First question is, how much do you weigh?

    Based on the answer to the above and then applying a simple multiplier we can arrive at where to set your protein...that's the first step.

    You also need to understand where your "maintenance" calories are. Based on this figure, you can set your daily or weekly caloric deficit and set some goals for fat loss.

    And you want "fat loss" not just weight loss.

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    On Monday January 4th, I was 401lbs.
    Today I am 393.6lbs

    When I did my mantainence calories, it was around 4300.

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    Quote Originally Posted by djturnz View Post
    How do I figure my Body fat?
    Get a tape measure and follow the instruction on this website:
    The Most Accurate Body Fat Calculator
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    According to that link, the Navy says 43%, the YMCA says 29%

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    Quote Originally Posted by djturnz View Post
    According to that link, the Navy says 43%, the YMCA says 29%
    The YMCA estimate is more accurate. Use 30% as your starting point.
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    Ok, so I need a minimum of 275 grams of protein a day. Now, your post said for body building, is this the same for general fat loss?

    I'm not sure how I'll get that much protein going daily. Especially without elevating calories or carbs.

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    I guess I don't understand the math/conversion here. According to the calculation, I have 275lbs of lean muscle mass? That can't be right. To me, that means if I get down to 280, I'd be ripped. Obviously that is not the case.

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    Carbs look very high to me. When estimating your bf% it's better to overestimate than underestimate.
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    So should I go with the Navy number?

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    If you're 30%:
    393*30% = 117lb of non lbm
    393-117 = 276lb of lbm
    276*1.2 = 331g of protein needed a day

    If 43%:
    393*43% = 169lb of non lbm
    393-169 = 224 of lbm
    224*1.2 = 268g of protein needed a day

    If the information you've given us is correct your LBM is somewhere around 224-276 taking into account both estimates. So yes, you need around 250g of protein a day.
    Some bodybuilding does come into this because if you're lifting, then you'll need something to repair that muscle, and encourage it to "stay" while on low calories rather than burning it up. Therefore a high amount of protein is needed to repair the muscle when on a low cal diet. If that makes sense.
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