I just got all my stats weighed in today, im at 150 16.5% bf, 5'7 height. Should I start cutting now or bulk? (I started at 110)
This really depends on what your goals are. Gaining 40 lbs is awesome and takes a lot of hard work, but being at 16.5% bodyfat is a bit high for most poeple - especially at 150 lbs.
What I would suggest to you is to design a diet that will keep you at 150 lbs while allowing you to lose bodyfat. Don't go on a "cutting plan" because then you will just backtrack and end up being unhappy with the results. Figure out your maintenance calories to stay at 150 lbs using one of the online calculators and then formulate a clean diet that will meet those objectives and try to get your bodyfat down to 10-12% before doing another bulking cycle.
Cutting or bulking is 100% a personal decision. If you are too fat then cut, if you want to add more mass and up your lifts then bulk.
Cardio is just a way to burn off calories. As long you are eating less then you burn you will lose weight. Now as for maintaining weight and losing fat, that can be tricky. If you train hard enough and eat clean enough it can be done but it is a long long slow process. Normally it is easier just to spend a few weeks/months cutting until your at your desired BF level then slowly add weight and repeat.
Last edited by kymira; 12-10-2008 at 01:18 PM.
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dairy is fine. Total calories, with attention to Protein, Fat, and Carbs is going to be key if you want to drop body fat but stay around the same weight level. We're talking a deficit of 100-200 below maintenance and even then you WILL lose a little weight.
Tom I'm curious as to why it matters if the carbohydrates are low glycemic, assuming they're eaten with protein and/or fat...because if that's the case, it simply won't matter
Last edited by KingWilder; 12-10-2008 at 01:55 PM.
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