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    Post-Cancer Progress: Need Advice

    Need advice!

    I've always had a belly, but before my cancer diagnosis last February, it was a lot bigger than in this photo. I lost 30 pounds during radiation in fact. Now I'm cancer free and am doing Starting Strength and cardio, getting healthy for the first time in a long time, and am beginning to see some great gains in strength and (even though it's hard to notice to an outsider) muscle.

    But ... my damn belly is coming back. I'm 5'11", 175, eating about 2,500 calories a day. Compound lifts MWF, steady state cardio for heart health T-H-Sat (couch to marathon program, currently jogging 3 mile walk/run splits). I find it hard to believe that I am eating too much. Oatmeal and protein powder for breakfast, sandwiches and cottage cheese for lunch, chicken and vegetables for dinner kind of thing, throw in some daytime yogurt or beef jerky.

    I was finally starting to look good in a T-shirt--even cancer had a silver lining. I don't want to sacrifice my hard-earned-yet-modest new muscle mass, and don't want to slow my progress on my lifts, but I also don't want to have a belly again. Your advice: based on this photo should I cut again to get rid of more of this belly fat, or should I keep on with what I'm doing and hope the extra muscle will suck it away?

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    I can't recommend cutting / maintaining / bulking as I'm not knowledgeable enough about it yet, but I would make sure you are tracking your calories correctly for one. It is very easy to underestimate them. Two, if you are infact gaining weight you are in a calorie surplus. I would dial your calories back by 200 or so and see if you maintain your weight. If still gaining, cut another 100 calories, etc until you start to "maintain" your weight. That will be your maintenance calorie amount. Also I would measure your weight over 1-2 week average as your daily weight will fluctuate quite often.
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    Are you still under the care of a physician or are you totally free and clear to manage you’re own health? If so, then I would definitely cut a bit.

    Remember it’s not “what” you eat but the “how much” that really matters. So weighing and tracking your intake is important. If you’re not losing weight then you are not in a calorie deficit.
    All it takes is consistency, effort, proper nutrition, good programming, and TIME.
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