Alternatives to bulking then shedding

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    Jan 09, 2012 7:22 PM GMT
    I was doing the bulk/shed thing but now after being out for 2 months because of various reasons Im getting back into my routine but want to bulk in shoulders and arms but shed in the abdominal area/stomach...

    Can I do weight training like 2-3 times a week and cardio the other days?
    I will be eating pretty healthy, but should I eat more the days I weight train?
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    Jan 10, 2012 3:55 AM GMT
    ULmatt saidI was doing the bulk/shed thing but now after being out for 2 months because of various reasons Im getting back into my routine but want to bulk in shoulders and arms but shed in the abdominal area/stomach...

    Can I do weight training like 2-3 times a week and cardio the other days?
    I will be eating pretty healthy, but should I eat more the days I weight train?


    Sounds like you might want to look into Leangains. You eat much more on lifting days (especially carbs) and less on off days. You also limit your food intake to eight hours per day. It's designed to let you put on muscle (slowly) while minimizing fat gain.

    I'm doing this program myself at the moment. Too early to report on whether it's working or not for me yet, though.

    Here's some good info on it: http://examine.com/leangains-faq/

    And a whole Reddit.com community devoted to it: http://www.reddit.com/r/leangains/
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    Jan 10, 2012 4:11 AM GMT
    ULmatt saidI was doing the bulk/shed thing but now after being out for 2 months because of various reasons Im getting back into my routine but want to bulk in shoulders and arms but shed in the abdominal area/stomach...

    Can I do weight training like 2-3 times a week and cardio the other days?
    I will be eating pretty healthy, but should I eat more the days I weight train?


    I would take the notion of bulking/cutting out of the equation.

    You can build muscle in your arms and delts while cutting body fat. Just eat clean and follow a split routine such as two days weight resistance, one day cardio, two days weights, one day cardio, rest day, rinse & repeat.

    Your caloric need will depend on your goal weight. Figure out how much that is for you, and then (with the help of Google) calculate your Basal metabolic rate (your resting metabolic rate) and multiply that by the appropriate Harris-Benedict coefficient. Use that number to calculate how many calories you need to add or subtract from your daily intake to achieve your goal weight.

    I also wouldn't recommend any fad diet that advocates fasting. Fasting puts your body in survival/starvation mode and slows down your metabolism.