For the past 8.5 months, I've been trying to shed bodyfat, improve my cardio (AAARRRGH), stamina, strength, etc. I started at around 320lbs and I'm down to 255. My question is - do I keep going with the low calories (bodyweight x 10) until I hit my goal (185lbs) or do I take a break from caloric restriction and bump my calories up (increase by 200 cals per week ) for a month or two, then reduce my calories to the bodyweight x 10 number again? Some articles I've read recently (cen't remember where I found them) say that long periods of fat loss may not be so good for your metabolism. I figured you guys would know, but my search brough up nothing on this subject. Another reason for bumping up my calories - I think the amount of food I'm eating is hindering my strength gains. I just can't seem to get past the low 400s in the deadlift. My last deadlift max PR was only a 5lb gain over the previous one (which was set during my last cycle 10 weeks ago) If it matters, I'm not using any supps except MSM, Chondotrin, Glucosamine, and Fish Oil - all for my poor, abused knees. Can't afford anything else now that school's started anyway. I figure getting to 185lbs should take maybe another year.