View Full Version : Should I be cutting or bulking?

05-01-2005, 01:24 AM
Hello, I've been reading these forums for a while but just registered the other day. I've read a lot about cutting and bulking and I think I have started to get a better idea of how many calories I need etc etc...

My questions are: based on these pics (sorry for quality they are obviously with my cell phone in the bathroom and I couldn't get any back or leg shots lol) what is my estimated BF% and should I be cutting or bulking right now? I haven't really done any kind of scheduled diet plan as of yet and I was wondering which direction I should be going.

Little info...I'm 18, 5'7", about 155lbs(haven't weighed myself in a few weeks) and I've been going to the gym off and on for a while now but with not very much intensity.

05-01-2005, 06:28 AM

05-01-2005, 07:35 AM
yep bulk up!

05-01-2005, 08:16 AM
Bulk until you're uncomfortable with yourself, then cut. Only you can decide what point that is.

05-01-2005, 09:27 AM
I say cut w summer comin up

05-01-2005, 11:27 AM
Yeah I would cut for the summer and then do a serious clean bulk come fall.

05-01-2005, 01:15 PM
Awesome, I was already on sort of a cut, hopefully when i get back home for the summer with a scale i'll be able to see a little better about how many calories I need. For now I guess the mirror will do hehe

05-01-2005, 01:18 PM
Mirror > scale, always, bcause muscle is denser than fat, so scale might not budge but you can look completely different.

05-02-2005, 07:03 PM
why bulk or cut. Why not maintain where you are slowly losing bodyfat and gaining muscle? I would recommend cutting, so you can get your bodyfat down to single digits before bulking

05-02-2005, 07:14 PM
You should be doing what you want to do...to be, or not to be, that is the question.

05-04-2005, 09:43 AM
Bulky Bulkers McBulkington

05-04-2005, 10:07 AM

05-04-2005, 10:12 AM
I would definitely say bulk, last year I went through the same thing, had summer coming up but wanted more size so I said f$#% it and just bulked, got to 210 and probably about 22% bf. Then around Nov I started to cut and have dropped down now to 180 with 9% bf, held some good lean muscle. You may look fat this summer with a shirt off but depending on your goals I would definitely bulk for now and shoot for leaning down next summer. Without using AS it's hard naturally unless you take it over a period of time.