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    Yep, I think it's time to cut...

    After bulking since August, and gaining 30 pounds, I've decided it's time for my first cut. I've literally got to the point where I'm beginning to have trouble downing a ton of calories, and I think I may just need a mental break from the eating, cut for awhile, and get my appetite back.

    I've worked all the way up to 240, got sick and lost 5-6 pounds, and now I'm back up to 240 again. My original goal was to make it to 250, but I think I've now decided that I want to cut, get a leaner frame with less body fat, and start a leaner bulk the second time around.

    Now on to my first cut...

    I'm not 100% sure what I'm doing, I've researched cutting quite a bit lately, but since it's my first cut, I want to make 100% I'm doing it right.

    I've been getting in 4000+ calories during my bulk, normally right above 4000, on some days even higher. I'm thinking that I should aim for the 2500-3000 calorie range for my cut? Correct me if I'm off on this one, because I'm not sure.

    For cardio, I'm going to go 20-30 minutes, 4 times a week on the stair stepper or bike. I may get on the treadmill some as well.

    For my routine, I'll be sticking with heavy weight just as I did during my bulk, I don't plan on changing anything.

    I want to do cut this right. So correct me on anything I need corrected on. Any tips, information I'll need to know, throw it at me.



    EDIT: Just took pictures today. I'm starting my cut tomorrow so this is me at the end of my first ever bulk. I've went from 210 to 240. Check her out and let me know what you think.

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    Last edited by trasmi21; 02-09-2006 at 07:17 PM.
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    I wouldn't drop from 4000+ cals to 2500 right away... It'll make your body think you are starving yourself.

    Drop it by 500cals or so every 1 or 2 weeks.. Find your maintenance calories and maintain for a couple of weeks then start cutting...

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    Alright good point, I've actually read that before but didn't include that in my original post. I'll probably take it down 500 at a time... for at least the first week, and then cut 500 off again the next week.

    Do I judge how few calories I should be taking in by the amount of weight I'm losing? For example let's say if I'm losing a ton of weight quickly, should I up the calories a bit?
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    Beginning Weight as of August '05: 210
    Weight as of December '05: 235
    Weight as of January '06: 240
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    How fat are you? If i was in your position, I would psmf myself for a while, get lean and ravenously hungry again, then start the cycle again.
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    Quote Originally Posted by brickt.
    How fat are you? If i was in your position, I would psmf myself for a while, get lean and ravenously hungry again, then start the cycle again.
    I'm about 19% body fat, maybe a little lower.

    I'm not too fat at all, I believe I posted a picture of me around 235 awhile ago. I need to get some new pictures up, because my back is starting to come in pretty well, as well as my chest, and I'm up to 240 now.

    I think it's time for a cut, but we'll see. I'd like to get leaner and start a leaner bulk.
    Age: 19
    Height: 6'4
    Beginning Weight as of August '05: 210
    Weight as of December '05: 235
    Weight as of January '06: 240
    ***Now Cutting***
    Weight as of March 20th: 220
    BF%: Not sure, but it's better.

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    *Bump*


    Check the pictures I edited in.
    Age: 19
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    Weight as of December '05: 235
    Weight as of January '06: 240
    ***Now Cutting***
    Weight as of March 20th: 220
    BF%: Not sure, but it's better.

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    Nice size - good thickness.

    Sweet!

    I would not do PSMF if I were you - you're NOT particularly fat (not enough to feel the need to drop a bunch of fat quickly I'm guessing, at any rate), and cutting slowly will allow you to maintain most, if not all, of your LBM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Built
    Nice size - good thickness.

    Sweet!

    I would not do PSMF if I were you - you're NOT particularly fat (not enough to feel the need to drop a bunch of fat quickly I'm guessing, at any rate), and cutting slowly will allow you to maintain most, if not all, of your LBM.

    Well thank you Built, I may be going to you for a couple questions during my cut, considering this is my first one.
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    Height: 6'4
    Beginning Weight as of August '05: 210
    Weight as of December '05: 235
    Weight as of January '06: 240
    ***Now Cutting***
    Weight as of March 20th: 220
    BF%: Not sure, but it's better.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Built
    Oh - your first cut!


    Very first one, first time I've ever tried to lose any weight at all, I've never needed to before I got into Bodybuilding.

    I'm sure I'll need some help.
    Age: 19
    Height: 6'4
    Beginning Weight as of August '05: 210
    Weight as of December '05: 235
    Weight as of January '06: 240
    ***Now Cutting***
    Weight as of March 20th: 220
    BF%: Not sure, but it's better.

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    how many grams of carbs should you take in everyday if your trying to get lean and cut?

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    Quote Originally Posted by homeboy7600
    how many grams of carbs should you take in everyday if your trying to get lean and cut?
    It really has nothing to do with carbs per se. A good rule of thumb is to reduce your overall calories by about 500 (the number is arbitary and just for simplicity's sake) and track your progress for a few weeks thereafter.

    If you are losing too fast, then add calories. If you are not losing fast enough decrease calories (or increase exercise) or both. About 1-2 pounds a week should be your goal.
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    Read the link in my sig - I've posted up the way I do it if you're interested. There are some general guidelines you can follow even if you don't carb cycle.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Built
    Read the link in my sig - I've posted up the way I do it if you're interested. There are some general guidelines you can follow even if you don't carb cycle.

    Alright awesome, I know I'll have some questions coming up here soon so I'll hit you up.
    Age: 19
    Height: 6'4
    Beginning Weight as of August '05: 210
    Weight as of December '05: 235
    Weight as of January '06: 240
    ***Now Cutting***
    Weight as of March 20th: 220
    BF%: Not sure, but it's better.

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    you look solid man, gl with the cut
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    I'm probably going to make a journal for the cut itself, so I'll let everyone know...
    Age: 19
    Height: 6'4
    Beginning Weight as of August '05: 210
    Weight as of December '05: 235
    Weight as of January '06: 240
    ***Now Cutting***
    Weight as of March 20th: 220
    BF%: Not sure, but it's better.

    My Journal


    Overcome

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