I don’t know how I much even like the term bulking anymore, but it’s been around forever so good enough I guess.
I started training specifically for size by design about a year ago at 198 lbs and I was fairly lean. (there is a long story I won’t get into now to go with this). Pretty visible abs, but not ripped. I started the anabolic diet at around 4000 calories a day and allowed myself to gain enough fat where I can pinch an inch and a little change on average off of my stomach.
I gradually increased daily calories as I gained until I’m at about 5000 now and can still pinch the same amount off my stomach I could 8 or 9 months ago, but I weighed 237 this morning. As far as I’m concerned that’s a good way to “bulk”. I’m not fat, but I’m not real lean either. I don’t plan on doing any serious cutting for another couple years at least.
You guys who want to look good all year round, if that means being very much leaner than I am now will be here ten years from now talking about how you can gain more size. You don’t have to get fat to make optimal gains, but if you plan on being actually “lean” while making serious gains you are kidding yourself. It won’t make any difference you’ll try it any way, so next year we’ll meet back here and see who got bigger.
This guy overdid it, but he’s young so no harm done. I agree with the guy who said to keep bulking, but slow down on the calories some. Nobody seems to understand anymore that once you have some serious size losing fat, especially when you’re young, is a triviality. The more muscle you’re carrying, which is the number one mechanism by which fat is burned, the easier it is. Go ahead and try getting big and lean at the same time, unless you are fat already, and see what happens.[/quote]
This is good information; thanks a lot for the feedback.