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XavierHollywood
10-14-2008, 08:41 PM
I accidently posted this in the wrong forum so im just moving it here were it belongs.

Sorry guys I only have one pic and dont have access to a camera so this is the best I can do.

So basically, Im 5'7 and started at 128 and im now 171. While I do eat very healthy I eat a bit more then I need and as a result my body fat is higher then I would like it to be. So I need some opinions here. Should I maybe cut back a good 10 pounds or so or keep going? Personally Im leaning towards dropping about 10-15 and then going on a slow bulk after wards but its always good to hear others advice.

Also, what would you guys estimate my body fat % to be at?

PS- yes i know my forearms are horrible. I dont think they grew an inch in the 40 pounds ive gained since last year

jAy_Dub
10-14-2008, 09:09 PM
Nice job on the weight gain. I would definitely start a cut. You'll look and feel 10x better after you're done.

As far as bf %, I'd say 18-20.

Stewart
10-15-2008, 07:14 AM
XH,

I'm new to the boards here but I'll "weight in" anyway (pun intended).

You've done great work. Forty lbs is great. I'm gonna guess the BF is about 22%. Doing a little math, cuting 17 lbs would put you down to about 16% BF. That'd have you set for a great slow bulk. I think your instinct of cutting 10-15 is a good one.

Keep up the great work.

Cirino83
10-15-2008, 07:17 AM
Nice job on the weight gain. I would definitely start a cut. You'll look and feel 10x better after you're done.

As far as bf %, I'd say 18-20.

x2...definitely cut

growthrep
10-15-2008, 08:13 AM
You definitely are thickening up. Good chest, traps and arms. Now cut that gut off, pal. Remember to keep lifting heavy though as you cut.

ederon
10-16-2008, 10:21 AM
Id say cut hard. Your looking like you are around 25-28%

HILL
10-16-2008, 10:51 AM
Id say 20-25% bf pal definatly cut to under 12% then bulk from there. trust me it will be worth it in the long run and would take you 12-14 weeks to get there me thinks if you were really strict

XavierHollywood
10-16-2008, 03:10 PM
^ cut to under 12? ****, wouldnt that knock me all the way down to like 140 pounds lol??

Phenom
10-16-2008, 03:21 PM
Cut.

Andre518
10-20-2008, 01:25 PM
Nice bulk I would say cut. Good luck.

coltboostin
10-22-2008, 10:00 PM
^ cut to under 12? ****, wouldnt that knock me all the way down to like 140 pounds lol??

Im 5'7 149lbs at 5% BF.

To compare-My bench is 225x8

XavierHollywood
10-23-2008, 07:14 AM
^ Holy Guacamole! 5% body fat!? Thats like borderline death lol

BFGUITAR
10-23-2008, 08:43 AM
And he probably used calipers or those scales to measure that 5%, which isn't accurate at all. Take what he says lightly.

And yeh I would cut as well. Losing 20 pounds will make you look great.

sleekeywoowoo
10-23-2008, 09:10 AM
Just eat better foods.

Reko
10-23-2008, 09:11 AM
I say bulk.

I'm being serious. Just make sure to add in some conditioning work. If the volume is high enough and you get enough protein you shouldn't be adding that much extra fat on to what you have now.

XavierHollywood
10-23-2008, 09:50 AM
Just eat better foods.

I eat great foods...Like i said in my original post tho, I prolly ate a lil too much of it lol.

So as of right now its like 10 votes cut, and one lone vote for bulk. I value and respect all of your opinions though

coltboostin
10-23-2008, 01:59 PM
^ Holy Guacamole! 5% body fat!? Thats like borderline death lol

Your right. I was not happy at all about it. I wanted to be in the 7-8 range. On the other hand, Im pretty ****ing cut up. :)


And he probably used calipers or those scales to measure that 5%, which isn't accurate at all. Take what he says lightly.

And yeh I would cut as well. Losing 20 pounds will make you look great.


I would never consider a caliper accurate either, simple because people store fat in differe3nt places, and the pinch is never perfect. I was dipped at 5.7xx and read 5.3 on a hand held electric unit the same day. I trust the eletric handhelds and their claimed +- .4% accuracy.

ryuage
10-23-2008, 03:39 PM
you already now what people here think... but you have to answer your own question. Basically, just like 1000 other posts here you probably want to bulk and just want the justification of total strangers to do so. If you want to bulk you should, if you are feeling fat and want to cut...

bawdybuilder
10-24-2008, 07:16 AM
Very nice man. Good job http://fnweb.info/img/513/h08s1009qoip/smile.gif

rtrose
10-24-2008, 03:46 PM
i don't think your big enough to cut.... I say bulk this next year and then cut

pert121
10-25-2008, 01:04 PM
I would say it is your judgement call, if you are continuing to make gains and your lifts are going up and you feel good and are healthy, then keep going!!

But if your feeling lethargic and not making gains anymore, cut down, cause when you cut down you will feel better physically and mentally, and then your body will gain nicely when you bulk again.

Dedicated1
10-25-2008, 02:29 PM
yeah i think you should cut.

coltboostin
11-01-2008, 06:27 PM
^ Holy Guacamole! 5% body fat!? Thats like borderline death lol

Since we are the same height/strength-I though I'd share pics at my BF

http://www.wannabebigforums.com/showthread.php?p=2028323&posted=1#post2028323