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    Cardio problem any suggestions?

    So started cutting from 217lbs using higher reps lower weights 4 day program with two days of high intensity cardio. 1200 calories a day - Protein 150g, Carbs around 40g. Losing 2-3 lbs per week and down to 203 lbs and bang I have just torn my calf muscle.
    I have been training off and on for years and the majority of my food is fresh and clean, but without my gym and cardio my job is very sedentary so any suggestions on how to continue to lose the weight now that my cardio is now virtually gone would be appreciated. Just trying to get to see my abs without losing all the muscle I have built.
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    Higher reps and lower weights doesn't make you lose fat better. It may mean you are more likely to lose muscle if you go too far with it.

    Control over your intake is by far the most important factor here. Slight differences in calories burned by training are miniscule compared to properly limiting your caloric intake.

    It sounds like you are attempting to use too low a calorie intake. You shouldn't try to lose more than about 1% per week - or 2lbs in your case. So a deficit of not more than 1000 calories a day.

    Just keep training as many different muscles as you can with your injury - that will be what prevents muscle loss. Hopefully you can still do leg extensions and leg curls but don't ever train through pain.
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