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Should I cut or bulk first?

i read massive eating and the don’t diet diet. My question is, since I’m only about 9% bodyfat, should I still cut down first. For the past two months, I have gone from 188 to 174 on a 12 10 8 6 12 program while eating 220g of protein with as much carbs.

You’re at 9%, therefore, you’re certainly in a good position to begin a bulking phase. Even if you were at 11%, you’d still be in a good position to begin a bulking phase. Now the question is, do you have a plan for your bulking phase?

It depends on your goals. Are you competing in a body building contest? If so, when ? Or do you need to be ripped for some other reason?

Do you want to bulk up for some sport?

Integrate bulking and dieting cycles according to your training goals.