Having a low body fat percentage year round (below 12%) while making good muscle gains?

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    Aug 06, 2012 5:21 AM GMT
    I'm starting to get sick of bulking and being over 15% body fat so I'm considering going on a cut. It's probably too early for me to go on a cut, but I really don't want to get to 20% body fat. My plan is to cut to around 8% and then bulk until I get to 12% so I could stay lean year round. Did any of you guys have success doing that?
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    Aug 06, 2012 6:12 AM GMT
    Bulking and cutting is a waste of time for most guys. Unless you're competing in a sport that has weight categories, there's really no point in putting your body through yo-yo dieting. I never really understood why guys want to look good for a couple months and then look like chubs the rest of the year. icon_lol.gif

    But to answer your question, yes.. It's possible to make gains in muscle mass while maintaining low body fat. Clean up your diet and save the carbs for before and after your workouts.

    http://www.t-nation.com/free_online_article/sports_body_training_performance/the_truth_about_bulking
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    Aug 06, 2012 6:26 AM GMT
    Sigh. At 4.5% body fat, I'm just trying to get up to 5% so that I'm in a "normal" range.

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    Aug 06, 2012 7:17 AM GMT
    4.5% Jesus you're insane. How often do you have to eat?
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    Aug 06, 2012 2:24 PM GMT
    xrichx saidBulking and cutting is a waste of time for most guys. Unless you're competing in a sport that has weight categories, there's really no point in putting your body through yo-yo dieting. I never really understood why guys want to look good for a couple months and then look like chubs the rest of the year. icon_lol.gif

    But to answer your question, yes.. It's possible to make gains in muscle mass while maintaining low body fat. Clean up your diet and save the carbs for before and after your workouts.

    http://www.t-nation.com/free_online_article/sports_body_training_performance/the_truth_about_bulking

    If you're 145 pounds and you want to be 165, you have to get a calorie surplus to build that muscle. When I say bulk I mean "get a calorie surplus," but it's easier to just say "bulk."
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    Aug 06, 2012 2:32 PM GMT
    I hover in the 8-10 percent range year round. I've done the bulk and cut thing once or twice and it definitely works if you're up for it. But I've seen just as good gains staying in my 'normal' range. What gets hard is getting enough fuel for muscle growth. I eat a pretty strict paleo diet (lean proteins, fibrous veggies, fruit/nuts, and healthy fats with no grains, gluten, added sugars, or dairy). Since I lift most days to put on mass I need to increase my food intake by a lot...like double. That's just expensive and hard to do while eating clean/healthy. It's way easier to do eating whatever/whenever and getting the extra body fat then cutting.

    It's all about diet and lifting heavy.
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    Aug 06, 2012 2:34 PM GMT
    GAMRican saidSigh. At 4.5% body fat, I'm just trying to get up to 5% so that I'm in a "normal" range.
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