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Nearing the end of my bulk. How many calories to cut?

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2019/04/01 21:26:44 (permalink)

Nearing the end of my bulk. How many calories to cut?

I've been on a somewhat successful clean bulk for several months now.  I went from 175lbs (79kg) to 200lbs (91kg).  I say somewhat successful, as I went from around 11% bodyfat to 14%, and gained 25lbs (11kg).  Some of that of course will be fat, some muscle, and some glycogen etc.  I didn't deviate too much from my diet at all, although being a type one insulin dependent diabetic I unfortunately had some hypoglycemic episodes and had to eat sugary foods and extra calories to bring my blood sugar levels back to normal.  All in all, I did the best I could.  I checked my progress every week and made sure I was adding at least 0.5lbs - 1lbs per week.  Some weeks I didn't add any weight, therefore I increased my calorie intake slightly.  Anyway... I figured I would carry on the clean bulk until I reached either 14-15% bodyfat or 200lbs (91kg), and as I'm close to that now I'm beginning to plan my cut.  My current daily intake of calories is 3700, and the issue I've currently got is that I'm not quite sure how much to lower my calorie intake for my cut.
My best guess would be to reduce by 500 in order to reach my maintenance calories, and then another 500 to start off my cut, and then of course check progress week by week and further reduce calories if weight loss stalls.  Does this seem about right?  This means my cut would begin at 2700 calories, with the option to reduce by more if necessary.  I've only been wondering, as 2700 seems quite steep to start off a cut, although I could be completely wrong.  I just assumed it was a good starting point as it's 500 below my maintenance and 1000 below my bulking intake.
Would appreciate some clarification/advice anyway.
Thank you.

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