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    Calories during unloading phase

    When I train I eat 3600 calories a day to build muscle. I am taking 8 days off to recover and unload. Should I still be eating 3600 calories during those 8 days or should I cut back a bit since I'm not going to the gym?

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    I think you should keep it the same for the first half of the week and cut back a bit the second half. Also depends on if you still do cardio or not.

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    I would keep the cals the same. Especially if you still will be active (sports, running, etc)
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    Quote Originally Posted by fUnc17 View Post
    I would keep the cals the same. Especially if you still will be active (sports, running, etc)
    I will not be active. I will probably just sit on my ass.

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    Quote Originally Posted by musclehead24 View Post
    I will not be active. I will probably just sit on my ass.

    Ditto. I am unloading this week too. Not by choice, but because I have the damn flu

    I've personally cut back on calories, but also not by choice. I'm just having a hard time eating right this week.

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    You could cut back a bit, but not a terrible lot. That food will help with recovery during your deload week and not eating enough could mean less benefits from a rest and recovery week.

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    cutting back a little could be a good idea.

    ofcourse, maintaing your calories could also be a good idea. A lot of things happen on an unloading week or a week off. Recovery takes place, new fitness levels manifest themselves (period of delayed transmutation), fatigue disipates, etc.....you are also going to be able to store up a decent amount of energy to get ready for the following week when you resume training, change your program, or enter into a different phase of training.
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    so during unloading it's still acceptable to do some cardio to keep the bf in check?

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    I would think it depended mostly on what your goals are. I would say if you are into a bulk keep with your calories, but maybe like 2 or 300 less. If you are cutting definitly cut some calories.

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    it is amazing how high BF levels can go in one weeks time!
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    P thats not what I want to hear. I am taking this week off and have been eating like a hog. Hope these pants dont get to tight....haha.

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    Quote Originally Posted by danchubbz View Post
    so during unloading it's still acceptable to do some cardio to keep the bf in check?
    Sorry to ba a pain in the arse and pressing for an answer but is this ok cause I was gonnna do a unloading phase.

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    Quote Originally Posted by danchubbz View Post
    Sorry to ba a pain in the arse and pressing for an answer but is this ok cause I was gonnna do a unloading phase.
    I posted a reply

    it is amazing how high BF levels can go in one weeks time!

    If you do anything, just keep it easy.
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    if you are bulking you still need to feed your body during your recovery time, but you can ramp down the calories. bulking is typically 500-1000 calories above maintenance, if you are active, your maintenance level rises so should your calories, the inverse is also true, if you plan on hanging around, your maintenance drops and so should your calories. you dont need to be 1000 cals above your workout day maintenance all the time. hope that helps.

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