[quote]Professor X wrote:
Ok, screw this summer. I’ll add in some cardio and see how it goes. Shouldn’t ruin a good thing as you say. And who knows? Maybe that G-flux thing actually works
Edit: Just to clarify, When I do decide to cut (probably next year, 19 if I get strong enough for competing at 18) Would there be a need to maintain before starting a cut, or can I just jump into it while in the middle of a bulk? Answers for both a long slower bulk and a quicker short bulk would be appriciated. I’m here for knowledge.
If you just reached a heavier body weight and immediately start dieting, your body is very likely to dump the extra muscle mass you gained.
Muscle is expensive for your body to maintain. It uses more calories even at rest. Given a choice, your body would rather hold onto some body fat than more muscle mass because fat is a storage medium. Therefore, it will only hold onto muscle mass during a caloric deficit if you are able to hold that size comfortably and you take in enough overall calories and protein to maintain what you built while dropping weight (assuming you are lifting heavy…which actually needs to be included lately when discussing this stuff).
All of those guys “bulking” for two months and then dieting are running in circles and will make the least progress in the long run.[/quote]
Obviously I would be lifting heavy, one of my dream goals at the moment is competing at a national level in powerlifting. Even if I’ll have to compete in the 125kg+ class where there’s no competition (I know, chicken) I’ll do that.
I think I get what you’re saying also, if your body remembers being much lighter it is more beneficial for it to drop comfortably back to where it was, opposed to being bone dry at starting weights. Probably because being huge and ripped wasn’t the best way to survive when we were evolving right?
So where do you stand on how to build muscle? I know you’ve probably aswered that several times and the subject is beaten to death, but would you say bulking more slowly over a long period of time limiting fat gain or just focusing on gaining muscle for a long time and then shedding the fat when you have your desired level of muscle and your body has grown used to a higher bodyweight? Or regular bulk/cut cycles (obviously not due to your last post but didn’t want to leave it out).