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Relationship Between Bodyfat and Muscle Gains


#1

There have been conflicting research findings on this topic of debate.
Can anyone share about their personal experience on their bulking and cutting cycles?

How does bulking result in an refuced energy level(feeling lethargic, not motivated to workout)?
Are the 2 symptoms aforementioned REALLY symptoms of low testosterone?
Currently am at about 19% body fat, strength gains stalling as my bodyweight hovers around the same range.
I really wanna continue dirty bulking(I don't mind being a chubby and fluffy fat ass), but at the same time I'm worried that I'm sabotaging my gains in the long run.


#2

The bigger you eat, the more of an insulin response you’ll get & likely to get more insulin resistant. Constant insulin circulating in your blood, makes one sleepy and tired.

I doubt you feeling lethargic has something to do with low testosterone. Having higher body fat long term can effect testosterone negatively though and being insulin resistant will affect how efficiently your body uses nutrients. But at the same time, some one bigger & fatter is a lot more likely to lift more. If you don’t mind your current fat levels and really want to dirty bulk, i’d say keep going but you’ll likely to have more important problems in the future than low testosterone levels.

Good Luck.


#3

[quote]Sweetcries wrote:
There have been conflicting research findings on this topic of debate.
Can anyone share about their personal experience on their bulking and cutting cycles?

How does bulking result in an refuced energy level(feeling lethargic, not motivated to workout)?
Are the 2 symptoms aforementioned REALLY symptoms of low testosterone?
Currently am at about 19% body fat, strength gains stalling as my bodyweight hovers around the same range.
I really wanna continue dirty bulking(I don’t mind being a chubby and fluffy fat ass), but at the same time I’m worried that I’m sabotaging my gains in the long run.[/quote]

I USED to think being overly fat results in what people are now calling “anabolic resistance”, but common sense shows that people can hold more muscle when fatter and that some people have reached their destination faster with some fat bulking without becoming overly sloppy.

You won’t know if those symptoms are related to low T unless you get your T tested.