Debating on bulking now, or later

  • visionsofruin

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    Sep 09, 2012 8:04 PM GMT
    DEBATE: I've lost 25 lbs this summer, and now I'm at 150. I'm debating if I want to keep losing weight, or start bulking up now. My original plan was to get skinny and then bulk up and watch my skinny body gain muscle mass. But getting skinny, I worry that I'll be training my metabolism to burn any calories I take in so I can't bulk up, and on the flip side, my body will be so starved of fuel that it will store it as fat and then I'll be more fat than muscle. But also, since I'm gonna be gaining the weight back anyway, maybe I should just start bulking now. I don't know. Any comments, recommendations, advice, and words of wisdom is greatly appreciated. 
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    Sep 10, 2012 3:38 AM GMT
    Don't bulk. It's a waste of time for most guys. Especially for novices. You're just going to end up getting fat/chunky.

    http://www.t-nation.com/free_online_article/sports_body_training_performance/the_truth_about_bulking
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    Sep 10, 2012 7:18 PM GMT
    xrichx saidDon't bulk. It's a waste of time for most guys. Especially for novices. You're just going to end up getting fat/chunky.

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


    this article is based on the concept of a dirty bulk, so you are wrong.

    Plenty of guys doing bulking and cutting cycles and have it work out well for them.
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    Sep 10, 2012 8:00 PM GMT
    I am bulking now. Gained 30lbs. From a very lean 162 up to 192. Yes you will gain a bit of belly fat but that is part of it. The key is balance and what you are comfortable with. I do not mind a bit of extra belly fat going into the winter. My goal is 200lbs by Christmas. I then have 16-18 weeks to get ready for my show. If done right with the right foods and supplements you can achieve some gains. The balance is the amount of protein, carbs, and good fats hat you take in. How old are you? How tall? How much weight/size do you want to gain? Email me and I will explain or try to help you some. It is also possible to gaine lean muscle mass without getting real chunky... all about the diet.
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    Sep 11, 2012 2:31 AM GMT
    7Famark said
    xrichx saidDon't bulk. It's a waste of time for most guys. Especially for novices. You're just going to end up getting fat/chunky.

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


    this article is based on the concept of a dirty bulk, so you are wrong.

    Plenty of guys doing bulking and cutting cycles and have it work out well for them.
    I'm not wrong. Bulking and cutting doesn't work for everyone. You even said it yourself.. Works for plenty but not all guys. But based on the OP's backstory and his body pic, I have a strong feeling it won't quite work for him. I'm just offering some additional insight on the subject. It's really up to him to gather as much information and make an informed decision.
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    Sep 11, 2012 2:40 AM GMT
    For your height and weight, you are well under your maximum BMI. I'd be careful about losing too much more. Probably time to start working on gaining some muscle. Good job with losing the weight!
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    Sep 11, 2012 3:37 AM GMT
    Did you already start weight training? If the answer is no don't bother bulking. Just lift for about 3-6 months without worrying about bulking or cutting. Chances are you'll gain muscle and lose fat at the same time. Go on a bulk when your strength gains start to plateau.