View Full Version : To cut or not to cut
03-07-2007, 11:12 AM
I'm not sure if I should start cutting, or bulking. I want to increase my muscle mass as much as possible, but I'm not sure if I shuold just start bulking right away or not. Any advice?
03-07-2007, 11:56 AM
What are your current stats? Age,height,weight,bf%?
The leaner you are when start your bulk the less fat you will put on and more muscle.
03-07-2007, 12:07 PM
I'm 5'11", 176 lbs. I'm not sure of my exact body fat % at the moment, but it's never been high. I just completed about 3 months of eating very little fat and doing a lot of cardio-related stuff. I've been told that I need to change all of this completely if I want to build muscle (which I am in the process of doing).
03-07-2007, 07:42 PM
If your goal is to gain muscle mass, than you should definitely be bulking.
03-07-2007, 07:49 PM
Have you started lifting weights, and or have you ever lifted weights?
You could probably obtain very nice results if you are new to lifting weights without worrying about "bulking" or cutting" just yet.
Tracking the calories you eat each day would be a good start. www.fitday.com is a nice place to track calories, protien, Fats & carbs.
03-07-2007, 08:00 PM
If you want to increase size and muscle mass, you must first bulk. It's completely upto you. If you look and the mirror and feel 'fat' then maybe you should cut then do a long clean bulk then cut again. I'm confused myself right now. I'm enjoying gains everywhere except my stomach and I don't want to cut yet because I want to get bigger first.
03-07-2007, 10:27 PM
And there is no reason to eat low fat. Fat is essential macronutrient.
03-08-2007, 10:42 AM
I have started lifting weights again. In the distant past, I have also gone through long periods of strength training. It looks like I do want to start bulking. I have read that as long as I eat good fats and keep active with the free weights routines, I will not get fat, which is good. Thanks for the link to fitday. I will def check that out and start counting my nutrients.
03-08-2007, 02:47 PM
I have read that as long as I eat good fats and keep active with the free weights routines, I will not get fat, which is good.No. If you consume more calories than you are burning, you will gain weight. You'll know just how many calories this takes if you've been tracking your calories for a while. This is where FitDay comes in and this is how you'll learn a lot about your body.
What are your goals?
03-08-2007, 04:28 PM
No. If you consume more calories than you are burning, you will gain weight. You'll know just how many calories this takes if you've been tracking your calories for a while. This is where FitDay comes in and this is how you'll learn a lot about your body.
What are your goals?
True. I should have said that McDonalds is not the way to go when bulking, I would assume.
I spent about 3 months getting back into decent shape, and now I'm looking to put on some noticable muscle mass.
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