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    Post Losing fat but need to pinpoint my calories. Any suggestions?

    Hey all, I have been losing weight for about 8 months post bulking and a move across the country. ( Was in maintenance for about 3 months before and during the move). I have gone from 207 lbs to 185 where I am at now. Obviously my strength has gone down due to that but my question is I have never been super lean and I want to see what I look like at 12-10 %. Currently im at 18 or 19 percent.
    The issue is I have no idea how many calories to eat and expend. I have done my tdee calculator says my cutting calories should be around 2,377 calories a day, however when I went on my bulk I was barley eating over 2500 to 2700 calories a day and my strength gains shot up exponentially and I put on good size. So I am kind of in this area where I end up agiain and again whenever I try to lean out where I eat around 1600-2000 calories daily, lift heavy and mix in some volume ( example leg day will be twice a week and my first workout would be squats 4x8, RDL 3X10, Hexbar deadlifts 3x5, Goblet squats 3x15, calf raises and presses each for 3x25-35 and then walking lunges 3x8-10 each leg)
    I do a 2-3 mile run after my workouts and try to do one HITT a week. Is their anything I should be changing? Or should I try eating at that caloric level for a few weeks and see if anything changes?
    Whatever advice y'all have is appreciated!
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    If you have a log of your bodyweight and calorie intakes, you can judge your daily energy needs from that. Every 1lb lost means that you burned 3500 calories more than you ate in that time. Bear in mind both bodyweight and intake are subject to large measurement errors.

    Basically if you are losing about 1lb a week at the moment then keep doing what you are doing. If not, you have to adjust calories, there probably is no need to make it any more complicated than that.
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