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1. ## calculate for total body mass or just LBM?

hey guys/gals, when you're creating a diet for either bulking or cutting, do you calculate calories for total body mass or just the LBM? i'm making a diet for my mom and this just came to mind. thanks everybody!

2. total body

3. thanks for the response. reason i ask is because i'm creating a diet for a family friend who is overweight, i'm going to guess bf is upwards of 25-30%... seriously. when i calculate our the calories per day for him the difference is ~600 calories. any other advice?

4. Body fat uses energy as well, it makes you expend more energy than a thinner person would because of that much more weight. So you have to account for this.

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When you are cutting, you figure one's LEAN body mass, not total weight.

I actually do the same for bulking, but I have my own personal training system.

~SC~

6. Originally Posted by SwoleCat
When you are cutting, you figure one's LEAN body mass, not total weight.

I actually do the same for bulking, but I have my own personal training system.

~SC~
That's what I was about to say... I also do the same for bulking however I know my body and what works for me.

7. thanks for the replies. now i feel better about giving diet advice to my buddy and my mom, hopefully they can make the same lifestyle changes that i have. thanks again everyone.

8. You guys use LBM to calculate total cals?

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Yes indeed. That is what is needed to spare muscle and/or add to it.

Fat is, well, fat. Most don't care to hold on to that no matter what the goal is.

~SC~

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find out her resting metabolic rate and go from there.

11. Would you say that this is a more accurate way of calcualting total cals than say BMR, or RMR which take into account total mass?

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RMR is Resting Metabolic Rate

13. Yeah I know and RMR takes into account total body weight

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ya it does, i think its the most accurate way.

15. bump =D

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