I dunno how I feel about the advice from the vets.
If you’re really committed, you can alternate between the two fairly regularly and still net muscle.
For example, I started out at 175 15% body fat in early June, bulked up to 207 17% body fat by the start of September, and I’m currently 193 @ 12.5% body fat. There comes a point where if you bulk enough, your fat gains far surpass your strength/muscle gains, and you lose that optimum balance…that’s when I knew to cut for a few weeks and get back to gaining. Once I hit sub 10% (in what I hope to be before the end of October), that’s when I will go back to bulking again…possibly even sooner if I start to lose muscle because I’ve been dieting too long (which would be evident by not maintaining my strength levels)…so a 12 week bulk, 6-8 week cut, followed by another bulk.
Really it’s about listening to your body and knowing when you lose that optimum gain/loss. That seems to be working for me…I can’t imagine bulking for a year straight without a few breaks to limit significant fat gain…maybe I’m just different.
I hit 190lbs before the end of the second year of training seriously from 150lbs. Some of us have goals beyond weighing 190lbs.
I am not sure why people like you feel the need to jump in on topics like this as if the advice is incorrect.
Your profile lists you as being 6’1". That means your 190lbs isn’t exactly that big at all…AT ALL. Let us know when you get to ABOVE AVERAGE muscularity for your height for someone who is actually serious about changing how they’re built.
I think you underestimate what some of us consider “significant progress”.
I am not sure why anyone OVER 6 feet tall would even want to weigh UNDER 200lbs and yet give bodybuilding advice.