[quote]The Mighty Stu wrote:
While you’ll have people disagree on exactly what bf% going above constitutes ‘too much’ in terms of insulin sensitivity, I think it’s always going to come down to at what level do YOU feel comfortable. Obviously competitors don’t walk around all year long in contest shape, but some enjoy being leaner, while others like to enjoy themselves a bit more when not dieting. Of course these are people who know from experience just how far they can go above their stage weights and still make progress while also being able to shred back down for future shows within a given time frame.
The issue that is inevitably raised in discussions of this matter, is when guys who’ve been ‘bulking’ for years start throwing blanket statements about how it’s never hindered their own progress, yet having never truly been extremely lean themselves. (I have no doubt it will come up in this thread at some point.)
My personal advice is to not worry about the NUMBER that you’ve been given, and instead look at the mirror. Are you embarrassed with you you look? Do you feel that you’re making gains, either strength or size related while at your current level of softness? Based on your answers to those questions, there’s your final answer
I will say Stu advice is good but I somewhat dont totally agree. While I do agree that psychologically go to whatever % you’re comfortable with is good, I dont think its necessarily optimal physically.
Here is what I mean.
I know I can get into this “fuck what others think fuck everything ima become a monster and get ultra huge and whatever if I dont look good for 2-3 months where im fat”… THE THING IS… there is a certain point where you are too fat to evaluate muscle gains and I actually firmly believe that there is a certain point where your body is much more primed to add fat than to add muscle.
I think when you are leaner, the body is better at adding muscle
This is what I think