[quote]The Mighty Stu wrote:
At your age, I would certainly prefer to lean up a bit myself, especially with spring break around the corner. I think the general mood of posts on here lately has been because of younger guys thinking that with the 10-15 lbs they’ve put on, now they need to cut up (but usually only weigh a buck fifty to start with!). The real issue I think is short changing yourself in the long run. That’s the point PX continually has to bring up. Hell, if I had a nickel for every young kid at my gym who has asked me about test boosters, or NO supps, or how they should go about ‘cutting up’, and MAYBE they weigh 140 lbs at the time (all ‘bulked out’ -lol). Yes it makes me sound like the old record repeating the ‘what’s your diet like?’, ‘how much protein are you eating?’, and the ever popular ‘your hormone levels are at their peak right now, in your late teens, you should be taking advantage of that!’ (this is something continually pointed on out these forums as well!)
My suggestion would be a nice carb cycling approach, with a very modest deficit on your medium days. Continue to train for size, and just let the next couple of months do their work.
x2. The general board consesus of discouraging kids from “cutting” is because most of the time, the subject is a skinny-fat 175 lbs. They haven’t really added any mass yet. You, however, at least look like you lift weights.
If you feel you need to drop some BF, by all means do so. But once you get to a level you’re comfortable with, get back to building mass. That’s the other reason the kids here get flamed for cutting: they are all about hawt abz and aren’t willing to do what it takes to add serious mass in the first place. But again, you appear to be different.
Personally, if I were taken back in time and could be put in your siuation at 17, I wouldn’t change much in my diet at ALL, maybe eliminate some carbs and handful of calories on non-lifting days. No, I would let G-flux take over, and I would be doing HIIT, cardio, playing basketball, etc, etc every damn day. Get super active and, at your age, you will lean up nicely pretty quick.[/quote]
Thanks for the kind words of encouragement and advice guys. I was thinking of doing maybe a 2-4 week quick Keto diet, but both of you are advocating carb cycling, so I will look into that more seriously. I assume without much beforehand knowledge that I will keep more gains this way?
As for other forms of activity, ever since football ended I really haven’t done much cardio, but I will try to incorporate some more into it in terms of some pick up games and what not. Also I have a pair of 20 plds dumbbells that I think would be Ideal for some tabata method thrusting.
Thanks again for the Advice