Dear Fellow T-Nationals,
I have been a keen reader of T-Nation for some time and I am considering starting my first bulk and cut cycle. However, my first question is whether this is necessary and why is it not possible to do both?
Please consider the two following extremes:
a) Mr. Blubby (250 lbs, 30% Bodyfat, no muscles)
b) Mr. Meat (250 lbs, 10% Bodyfat, lots of muscle)
I understand the individual B (Mr. Meat) would have a great deal of difficulty simultaneously losing fat while putting on muscle given his current body composition, and hence the need for Bulking and Cutting.
In contrast, individual A (Mr.Blubby) would be able to achieve both by just turning up to an aerobics class once per week.
Obviously most people fall somewhere between the two extremes. My question is: how far from Individual A (Mr. Blubby) would a person have to be before they no longer are able to simultaneously lose fat and gain muscle?
In my case, I am a former fatty (220 lbs, 22% bf) who has lost a lot of fat but also some muscle (currently 190 lb, 16-17% bf). My first aim is to regain the lost muscle while getting rid of more fat. Should I consider Bulking(really concerned about gaining fat since I had to fight so hard to get rid of it in the first place) and Cutting or do I still have enough capacity to gain muscle and lose fat?