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    Question Help maintain muscle during cut

    Currently 173 pounds and 2 different calculators said I was 16% BF. Will I lose a significant amount of muscle If I go on a cut of only 2200 calories with moderate cardio sessions a few times a week? Not doing a crazy long cut just wanna drop like 5 pounds and be more aesthetic. Also I'm 18 if that matters.
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    Originally Posted by lilritzy View Post
    Currently 173 pounds and 2 different calculators said I was 16% BF. Will I lose a significant amount of muscle If I go on a cut of only 2200 calories with moderate cardio sessions a few times a week? Not doing a crazy long cut just wanna drop like 5 pounds and be more aesthetic. Also I'm 18 if that matters.
    I'm eating 1700 calories and 165g protein. I work out 3 times a week. I have lost a good amount of fat and actually made strength gains. Muscle loss is negligible. My biggest fear when starting a cut was yours. It's bull. You'll be depleted and your muscles will look flatter giving the impression of loss, but it's not. Stick to your deficit, eat enough protein and keep the muscles firing. Do not worry about muscle loss at all.
    5'9 180lbs/82k

    Bench - 70kg/154lb

    Squat - 105kg/231lb

    Deadlift - 145kg/320lb
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