Bulking>Cutting

  • Vaughn

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    Sep 15, 2010 11:33 PM GMT
    Who actually does this and how well does it work for you? What do you eat for both parts?
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    Sep 16, 2010 1:36 AM GMT
    Vaughn saidWho actually does this and how well does it work for you? What do you eat for both parts?


    If one's going to make the effort to work out with the intent of gaining muscle, I recommend making the additional effort to gain lean muscle mass so as not to have to cut later. Learn (from experience) how much you need to eat (5-6 small meals throughout the day) and drink plenty of water. The largest meal after waking up is of basic importance in getting the metabolism revved-up to begin the day (protein, carbs, veggies). Less carbs then none at the final meal of the day. Also eating simple (quickly digestable) carbs, and protein, immediately after a workout. A casein shake is great before bedtime as its' protein is digested slowly during sleep, instead of cannibalizing body muscle.

    Eat clean and healthy (avoid fried, sugary, and fatty foods). Make your workout and meals as productive as possible- 'do it right' the first time to prevent wasting efforts in cutting later.
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    Sep 16, 2010 3:43 AM GMT
    I'm not into bulking myself, but the above rings true... I've seen people who are pretty good at "bulking" (and I use that word to be kind) but never quite seem to follow through on the cutting side - even though that's the plan every spring in preparation for summer. I'm tempted to joke that they look like they need to go to the gym... despite going 3-4 times per week. Sure, underneath there's muscle mass, but to my eyes they don't appear anywhere near fit, more bloated.
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    Sep 16, 2010 5:18 AM GMT
    Depends on your goals. If you want to look beefy or just want to fill out your shirt, then by all means suck down those calories.

    If you want to go for quality instead of quantity, then forget about bulking. Eat right and train hard. The OP should take this route. He has very little body fat already. I think 5 lbs of lean muscle will look much better on him than 20 lbs of raw bulk.
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    Sep 16, 2010 1:24 PM GMT
    I do it. I basically eat everything in sight for three months and then cut for one.

    My profile pic is at the very end of my last bulk. I clearly have a little extra fat, but it goes away.

    I used to do the "lean bulk" thing, and I never really saw much for gains. When I actually tried the bodybuilding thing this February, I gained 30lbs in 6 months and more than doubled all of my lifts. I also broke a rib and dislocated a shoulder...

    Anyway, I recommend it. Probably not the best thing on your body, but oh well.
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    Sep 16, 2010 1:39 PM GMT
    I gain bulk easily, so just steeping up the protein works great for me.
    Cutting is difficult, though...takes lots of number crunching with a strict diet (usually the caveman diet).