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Bulking/cutting and Body Composition

PostPosted: Fri Feb 01, 2013 7:24 pm
by blinki
I’m going to change what I do in terms of eating and weight gain pretty soon- as in at least start to get organised this weekend while I have time to do it. The internet is giving me too much information I trust people here to not tell me stupid things.

I’m good with being pedantic about my food and tracking everything everyday and all that so I’m sure I can achieve whatever I decided to, it’s just the what I decide that I’m unsure of. Strength is my main interest but not at the expense of getting fat. I could deal with putting strength gains at risk/on hold to an extent.

I started at 57kg around spring 2011 and now I’m 72kg (probably should add I'm 5ft4). One short cut for fat control from 67 to 64 because I had a stupid and gained too quickly. Body fat has always been around 20% at a visual guess apart from now where I think it’s more 25% due to life getting in the way since before Christmas. The overall goal is around 15% BF at 75kg. Longer term I might want to gain more but not anytime soon.

I was thinking quick cut so I feel less fat. Bulk to 75, cut to 70, then repeat as needed until happy. I suspect my bulking and cutting is more gentle than a lot of people think of it. Plan was once I’ve cut down to 70 to bulk even more slowly than before. I’m contemplating whether it might make sense for me to suck it up and deal with potentially feeling small just now and have a proper cut. Say cut down to about 65kg and hope most of it comes off the belly region. Then from there take it slow.

I can't decide what's more sensible or if it makes any real difference. I guess criteria of decision making would be ease, quickness and risk of strength lose- in no particular order. Any opinions would be good.

Re: Bulking/cutting and Body Composition

PostPosted: Sat Feb 02, 2013 11:54 am
by JP
no real correct answers unless you have a specific sport with some deadlines it really just boils down to preference.

some people cherish the challenge of harsh programmes

some people would like to take it slow with very small changes in their daily habits

any chance for another option, which would be that you keep up the calorie surplus, but add some kind of cardio/HIIT training to encourage fat loss at the same time?

Re: Bulking/cutting and Body Composition

PostPosted: Sun Feb 03, 2013 2:50 pm
by thestoatyone
Got to agree with JP here; fit some more food in and up the cardio, and just let the muscle and strength come slowly. I bulked quick, and it took me a while to get rid of the blubber.

Re: Bulking/cutting and Body Composition

PostPosted: Sun Feb 03, 2013 4:17 pm
by blinki
Part of me wants to say the loosing fat while gaining muscle thing has never worked for me, which is true, but really I think the issue there might be more my tendency to be horrific at doing cardio. There's always an excuse about my shoes, my legs feeling like jelly, not having time or big but boring with timed rests practically being HIIT anyway. But if you both think it matters I think I'd be stupid not to get my ass in gear

If there's no particularly better way round to do it then I think for the most part I'm going to start cutting and see how it goes. I like it when the answer is I'm over thinking it and it's not that complicated :) I'll be starting at 2500 calories so there'll be no huge deficits.