Cutting vs. Maintenance Food Diary Comparisons

I just finished up a “mini-cut” so I could lose a bit of the fat I put on during a wonderful and enjoyable summer 😉 .  But all good things must come to an end and I was ready to get back on track!  Since doing my reverse diet, I only had to cut back a little bit on calories to still lose weight.

I haven’t changed my daily meals drastically, but there are some small changes here and there in order to cut about 200 calories/day.  I thought it might be helpful to show you side by side so you can mimic the same thing.  You’ll see that the changes are small but add up.  You don’t have to feel like you aren’t eating as much on a cut, just make those cut choices smart ones.


Left: cutting food diary; Right: maintenance food diary

Breakfast: Only difference is that in the cut, I didn’t add any white chocolate chips
Snack #1: Unlike in maintenance where I have an abundance of carbs, I don’t have quite as many to work with in a cut, so I will eat plain Greek yogurt with cinnamon and Splenda as opposed to a packaged, flavored Greek yogurt.
Lunch: Not as many carbs to spare, so I opted for a salad instead of bread and swapped the sandwich cookies for a chia seed bar.  Both are filling meals!
Snack #2: Identical for both a cut and maintenance.
Dinner: Macros are pretty similar here.
Dessert: Since I have fewer fats on the cut, I skipped the nuts in my dessert.



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