Originally Posted by Pete Gordon
smolov isn't the right type of squat program to do if you want to burn fat.
It's supposed to be an 'offseason' type of program, to get you bigger & stronger...you're going to find it pretty hard to do when working with less calories coming in......
He didn't say he wanted to burn fat. He'd been losing, but is bumpbing cals for the program....
Either way, to the OP. Before you do anything, you need to know a baseline for what it takes to maintain your bodyweight.
Brian D. is an extraordinary case. Freaky strong, and apparently eats like a horse with a huge energy requirement. If I eat 4000 cals/day, I will gain weight rapidly.
Generally, 15 cals/lb of bodyweight is a starting point
for maintenance. 212 x 15 = 3180 to maintain (call it 3200). 3500 cals/day is indeed slightly above maintenance.
You'll probably need more than that to recover from a Smolov program. I'd suggest to start at 3500 as a minimum
and move upwards as necessary.