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I REACHED MY GOAL WEIGHT, BUT WANT TO CONTINUE LOSING FAT AND GAINING MUSCLE. SHOULD I STOP CUTTING CALORIES?

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I’ve reached my goal weight, but I want to continue losing fat and building muscle. At what point do I need to stop cutting calories and simply eat at a maintenance level?

“Congrats on reaching your goal weight! My advice is to keep playing with your macros to make sure you stay at this range,” says Linda M. Stephens, a nutritionist, trainer, and IFBB figure pro.

If your main goal is to now increase lean muscle, you’re better o  keeping your macros at about 40 to 60% carbs, 25 to 35% protein, and 15 to 25% fat, says Stephens. “You’ll need this higher level of carbs to help build muscle.” Just remember, she adds, “everybody is different, so you may need to experiment with ratios to find what’s suits your body and activity level.”