I am 5'8" 215lbs down from
250 in 10 weeks. I am currently on a 2200 calorie plan, 40/40/20. consuming 1g
of protein per lb of body weight.
I lift weights 3 times a
week, first thing in the am. 1. Are my calories too low and in turn losing
muscle? and 2. Is my protein Intake ok?
Congratulations on Your Weight loss!
In general, cutting body fat usually comes at the expense of sacrificing
some muscle since the body is in a caloric deficit. The goal is to
maintain as much as possible.
So with that being said, I would def up your protein to at least 1.2 g
per lb/s of body weight, maybe higher depending on how you're responding.
If you are losing more than 2lbs a week, then its time to up the calories
because you are most likely wasting muscle tissue.
You want to lose the weight slowly in order to preserve as much muscle as
possible. Ideally you should be losing 1 to 1.5 lb.s a week.
Also, during a cut you need to make sure your meal timing is in
place to aid in muscle recovery. Never skimp on the carbs/protein in the
morning, or before and after your workout. And if your workouts are in the
morning I would take in some extra carbs so you're getting your morning
carbs + your pre workout carbs.
Keep in mind that caloric intake and distribution of macronutrients will
vary for everyone based on body type, muscle development, and overall
So, it's impossible for me to recommend a specific macro break down
without working directly with you and monitoring how your body responds to
certain variables. Best of Luck.