I’ve been reading a lot of information on this board and others (particularly a lot of the John Berardi articles like Mass Eating and the Don’t Diet Plan, etc. as well as Bill Phillips Body For Life (BFL) and more. I agree with a lot of Berardi’s advice and it’s not terribly different from the BFL recommendations. However, most of these guys are coming at it from one of two perspectives. The first is either someone overweight and needs to lose a lot of weight and bodyfat or someone who is very skinny with extremely low bodyfat that needs to bulk up.
My situation is in the middle. I’m 6’1", 180#, fairly skinny (fairly new to bodybuilding, but not total rookie). But, I have a gut and love handles that need to go. I’m around 13-14% bodyfat. Ideally, I’d like to bulk up to 190-200 pounds at 10% or less bodyfat.
Berardi suggests that mass gains are better when starting from a low bodyfat (sub 10%). I’ve heard that elsewhere as well.
So, should I be cutting (calorie deficit) until I reach 10% or less bodyfat? If so, I’d probably drop to something in the 160 pound range. Then, bulk up.
I guess I’m still struggling with the concept of cutting and dropping weight from 180 to 165ish, then bulking back up to 180, which will put LBM but also additional bodyfat back on.
Or should I just eat at my maintenance level or calorie surplus and just incorporate a lot of cardio in with my weight training.
So, I’d appreciate any help or suggestions with what my calorie intake should be. I’m good on what and how to eat, just not how much I should be eating. By the way, my maintenance is somewhere around 2500 calories.
Thanks in advance for any and all advice. I look forward to hearing from you. I gotta get rid of this bellyroll.