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    I'm a 20 year old guy and have been training for about 6 years. I started starting strength 4 months ago at a bodyweight of 110kg at 176cm. During the 4 months I ate around 2100 calories and gained 4kg of weight. I finished SS and started Texas method 2 weeks ago and increased my calories to 2300 because of the more strenuous programming. My problem is that I don't want to be heavier than 110kg, in fact I'd rather be 100 or 90kg but I have had issues losing weight my whole life.

    Lowest weight I have been is 79kg 2 years ago, I was eating below 1500 calories a day to get to that weight but ever since then it's been going downhill. I have a very low caloric maintenance for my weight and I am unsure what to do about it. I want to run TM and keep gaining strength but not at the cost of adding extra bodyweight. Preferably I'd get back down to 110kg and eat at maintenance calories or a small surplus.

    I am unsure about how I can fix my low caloric needs and if I should try and lose some weight or keep gaining strength, any advice/insight would be appreciated.

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    Your caloric needs are what they are. Sounds like you are a big guy. TM assumes you are eating a lot of calories. It is the opposite of a weight loss program. I'd get off that if you aren't willing to eat to support it.

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    But how strong are you?

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    Squat 170kg 3x3
    Bench 100kg 3x5
    Deadlift 192kg 1x5
    Can do 12 pull ups too

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    Not terrible. Where is the press?

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    I was doing the press at the start of starting strength but my friend who has run starting strength before recommended to cut the press out and bench 3x a week instead so I tried that. Now for Texas method I am doing the same but with 5x5

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    Quote Originally Posted by Markus pettersson View Post
    Bench 100kg 3x5
    Your other lifts are not bad, but I think at 20 years old, you should be able to bench above body weight before you start cutting more weight. My guess is youíve got a technique error of some kind. Post a technique video of the bench on the technique board, letís try to get this up.

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    I did the press at the start of the program but my friend suggested to cut it out and bench 3x a week instead. My bench started 70kg 3x5 and has always been my worst lift. Now on Texas method I still bench 3x a week but with 5x5

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    Quote Originally Posted by Markus pettersson View Post
    I did the press at the start of the program but my friend suggested to cut it out and bench 3x a week instead. My bench started 70kg 3x5 and has always been my worst lift. Now on Texas method I still bench 3x a week but with 5x5
    Why would you listen to him? Start pressing again. That was stupid.

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    starting strength coach development program
    To manage your weight, consider adjusting your calorie intake with nutrient-rich foods

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