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The Five Biggest Contradictions in Fitness

Itís no secret that when people contradict themselves, it has the effect of making the flaws in their actions or statements seem glaringly obvious. But what about when WE ourselves get caught contradicting ourselves by someone else?

By: Nick Tumminello Added: January 6th, 2014
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    Senior Member pepsihatman's Avatar
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    Help me understand how to CUT

    Ok some background.
    Age: 22
    Weight: 158lbs.
    Height: 5'8"
    Training exp: 8 months of heavy lifting

    About 2 years ago I weighed 203lbs. at the highest (not weight training, just fat). Over a period of 6 months I lost ~40 lbs. of that weight through extreme caloric deficit and cardio every day. I lost a large amount of muscle at the same time. Over the next 6 months I dropped all the way down to 146lbs. with more cardio and diet. So in a period of 1 year, I dropped from 203 to 146. I realized how weak I was getting and started to weight train. Bulked up to my current weight at 158 in about 8 months. (all weights are reps of 6) Bench went from 90 to 145, deadlift 140 to 265, squat 160 to 245.

    Diet: While bulking, I was eating about 2800calories, trying to get 20% calories from fat, 40% from carbs (whole wheat, veggies, little sugar), and 40% from proteins. For cutting, I assume one would just reduce total calories and keep same percentages.

    Goal: I am satisfied with my strength for now and I want to add definition to my body before bulking again. I have a fear of getting fat again and I want to cut after every 15 or so pounds gain. However, I certainly do not want to loose any of the muscle I have worked on. Lower BF% with minimal strength/muscle loss.

    Is there something I can read that will help me understand the basics of a cutting routine? I honestly do not know much about it. Examples of routines, cardio?, still lift heavy?, Diet?(and what kinda nutrition should I be aiming for?), etc. Anything would be helpful. I am in college learning to become a nurse, so if you want to get technical, I don't mind. I'll ask if I don't understand something. Thank you for reading.

    Edit: If I should post this in another part of the forum, please let me know.
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    Former Fatass Unreal's Avatar
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    Just read and follow the cutting guide stickied at the top or in Built's signature.
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    Lift like you're trying to be the strongest mother****er on earth. Eat less.
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    Age: 34, Height: 5'4, Weight: 185, BF: somewhere between 15 and 45%

    Weightlifting Start Date: July 26, 2005 - Bench 95 x 6, Dead 110 x 8, Smith Squat 180 x 8
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    Quote Originally Posted by Unreal
    Just read and follow the cutting guide stickied at the top or in Built's signature.
    Thank you very much for pointing me in that direction. Lots of good info there.

    Another quick question. Do you typically determine when to bulk based off weight, or strength goals, or how? If I do want to be stronger later, should I hold off the cutting for now, and continue to bulk? Then do one larger/longer cut later? (ok, so maybe a few questions)
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    That is up to you. You bulk till you reach a goal, then cut to another. Could be a certain weight, certain lifts, certain BF%. That is all up to you.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Unreal
    That is up to you. You bulk till you reach a goal, then cut to another. Could be a certain weight, certain lifts, certain BF%. That is all up to you.
    Understood. Is it going to be harmful in any way to bulk and cut multiple times? I've seen a lot of people on this forum describe one huge bulk and one huge cut. Perhaps it is more efficient that way?

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    No, nothing wrong with doing it multiple times. Only issue is long cuts be hard, and have other effects. It is best to try to keep them to a more limited about of time.
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    Bulking and cutting sounds a bit like yo-yo dieting but IMO yo-yo dieters generally don't lift weights and count cals.

    I prefer the shorter bulks and cuts. With short cuts you can keep you metabolism functioning. With short bulks you can assess the quality of the weight you add much easier.

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    What do you consider short? 8 weeks? 10 weeks?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Unreal
    What do you consider short? 8 weeks? 10 weeks?

    Up to 12 perhaps. Hard to put an exact number on it.

    Those of us that are metabolically challenged have to keep a closer eye on it.

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