I've lifted for about 2 years now, although I've really only been serious with my routine (and the big three lifts) for about 18 months.
Here are some recent pics of me at about 195-200 (I know it's a large window, but I haven't weighed myself in a few weeks).
When I started lifting I was 175 in clothes and shoes, so I've definitely gained a solid 20 pounds or so of weight. I am trying to decide if I should put on some more weight, or do a 5 pound cut.
Any comments and/or a body fat estimate would be appreciated.
Last edited by scotusch; 09-23-2008 at 05:09 PM.
5 pound cut?
That's called going to the bathroom.
Gain more weight.
In terms of gaining weight, I'll start with 3 eggs, two sausages, some bacon, two pieces of toast (with peanut butter) and some orange juice in the morning.
Really thick arms... legs and back seem to be lagging a bit behind though..
I love the "GAIN WEIGHT" or "EAT MORE" responses.
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I'd cut personally. But I guess it is all about goals and preferences. I personally like to stay relatively lean if I can, 10-12% while bulking.
As I'm sure people will question my opinion, this is why. I just like to keep it in check as dieting from 18+ to <10 sucks. If you don't want to be very lean and just want size, keep gaining. Also...
As well, it seems empirically that once body fat gets to the 15% range or so for men, fat gains tend to accelerate during mass gaining phases. I suspect this is due to the development of systemic insulin resistance which causes calories to go into fat stores more readily. Keeping body fat levels below that may be helpful.
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