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  • Posted On: 11-09-20, 6:23 am (EST) #1

    Should I cut?

    November 9, 2020, 6:23 am

    Hey Scott, I've been on a controlled bulk for the past couple months and my weight has went up from 80 to 84kg or 185lbs, which seems like a decent enough progress. Thing is, I'm starting to get bothered by those intrusive thoughts saying that my body fat levels are already getting too high and I should do something about it whenever out of clothes whilst still not being happy with my current overall size either so naturally, this has put me in a rather conflicting position of opposing ideals.


    What I truly fear here is that by dropping my caloric intake slightly in order to shed off some fat, I'll be making it utterly impossible to gain any more muscle due to how difficult it is for me to build it without an abundant caloric supply. Even on such a high calorie diet, at least for my personal standards, I already struggle with low energy levels on frequent occasion and I own this acute mental disturbance that if I don't eat something whenever a feeling of hunger is manifested, I'll be entering a full fledged catabolic state shortly afterwards. Crazy I know but it's just one of several reasoning deficiencies which obsessing with your body can cause if you let things slip out of hand.


    Anyway, taking into account the pictures below, should I go on a moderate cutting phase for the next 6-8 weeks or so? Like I've said, I'm not happy with my size, mainly on the chest department but I'm even less satisfied for the fact that some of my previously noticeable muscle definition has been nearly lost. And seriously, what the heck is wrong with my chest from the side profile? Is it supposed to be that flat after years of intensive training or do I just have terrible pec genetics?




  • Posted On: 11-13-20, 6:33 am (EST) #2

    Should I cut?

    November 13, 2020, 6:33 am
    Posted by: CEVRAM96

    Hey Scott, I've been on a controlled bulk for the past couple months and my weight has went up from 80 to 84kg or 185lbs, which seems like a decent enough progress. Thing is, I'm starting to get bothered by those intrusive thoughts saying that my body fat levels are already getting too high and I should do something about it whenever out of clothes whilst still not being happy with my current overall size either so naturally, this has put me in a rather conflicting position of opposing ideals.


    What I truly fear here is that by dropping my caloric intake slightly in order to shed off some fat, I'll be making it utterly impossible to gain any more muscle due to how difficult it is for me to build it without an abundant caloric supply. Even on such a high calorie diet, at least for my personal standards, I already struggle with low energy levels on frequent occasion and I own this acute mental disturbance that if I don't eat something whenever a feeling of hunger is manifested, I'll be entering a full fledged catabolic state shortly afterwards. Crazy I know but it's just one of several reasoning deficiencies which obsessing with your body can cause if you let things slip out of hand.


    Anyway, taking into account the pictures below, should I go on a moderate cutting phase for the next 6-8 weeks or so? Like I've said, I'm not happy with my size, mainly on the chest department but I'm even less satisfied for the fact that some of my previously noticeable muscle definition has been nearly lost. And seriously, what the heck is wrong with my chest from the side profile? Is it supposed to be that flat after years of intensive training or do I just have terrible pec genetics?




    @cevram96 Hey man! Personally from looking at your photos, I think you could easily keep bulking. You might not be shredded, but you’re lean. If you were around 20% body fat then a cut might be a good idea. But you look more around 15%.


    And if you’re Not happy with your current size, dropping your calories and cutting isn’t going to help that. Being a natural athlete, especially after years of training, you have to choose between cutting and bulking, you can’t do both at the same time.


    From what you’ve said, my recommendation is that you keep bulking. Just keep it to a lean bulk!


    Also, your chest looks good man! It is sticking out a bit but adding more size to it will help with that as well!

  • Posted On: 11-13-20, 3:40 pm (EST) #3

    Should I cut?

    November 13, 2020, 3:40 pm
    Posted by: Scott_Herman

    @cevram96 Hey man! Personally from looking at your photos, I think you could easily keep bulking. You might not be shredded, but you’re lean. If you were around 20% body fat then a cut might be a good idea. But you look more around 15%.


    And if you’re Not happy with your current size, dropping your calories and cutting isn’t going to help that. Being a natural athlete, especially after years of training, you have to choose between cutting and bulking, you can’t do both at the same time.


    From what you’ve said, my recommendation is that you keep bulking. Just keep it to a lean bulk!


    Also, your chest looks good man! It is sticking out a bit but adding more size to it will help with that as well!

    I was actually thinking about being somewhere around 15% body fat as well which is already feeling like too high of a value for me. A 4kg weight increase in just two months for an experienced natural lifter who has no newbie gains left in the tank might be an indicator that I've taken my bulk to excessive heights and as such, gained more fat than necessary for no added benefit in regards to actual lean mass development.


    It's probably best to drop down my caloric intake slightly in order to prevent more needless fat tissue accumulation, make it a slow and steady bulk instead of this mindless weight gaining endeavour where I'm eating beyond what's comfortable and biologically useful for me. You can only gain so much muscle in a given timeframe.


    Despite holding no intentions of doing it myself, I can now see why so many young impressionable guys looking to build a great physique as quickly as possible are so easily enticed by the prospect of undertaking anabolic cycling because it truly is a real challenge and one very lengthy process to get where you want to be naturally. Sometimes motivation will cease to manifest itself and you really have to forcefully grind through a certain existential dread as to keep making progress towards your end goal.

  • Posted On: 11-23-20, 4:48 pm (EST) #4

    Should I cut?

    November 23, 2020, 4:48 pm
    Posted by: CEVRAM96

    I was actually thinking about being somewhere around 15% body fat as well which is already feeling like too high of a value for me. A 4kg weight increase in just two months for an experienced natural lifter who has no newbie gains left in the tank might be an indicator that I've taken my bulk to excessive heights and as such, gained more fat than necessary for no added benefit in regards to actual lean mass development.


    It's probably best to drop down my caloric intake slightly in order to prevent more needless fat tissue accumulation, make it a slow and steady bulk instead of this mindless weight gaining endeavour where I'm eating beyond what's comfortable and biologically useful for me. You can only gain so much muscle in a given timeframe.


    Despite holding no intentions of doing it myself, I can now see why so many young impressionable guys looking to build a great physique as quickly as possible are so easily enticed by the prospect of undertaking anabolic cycling because it truly is a real challenge and one very lengthy process to get where you want to be naturally. Sometimes motivation will cease to manifest itself and you really have to forcefully grind through a certain existential dread as to keep making progress towards your end goal.

    @cevram96 Well man it sounds like you've answered your own question haha. If you feel like 15% body fat is too high then by all means go for a cut! You're right that if your newbie gains are gone the muscle will come on slower, but I'm sure not all of that 4kg gain was fat.


    But at the end of the day you have to do what makes you happy man, so if you feel your best at a lower body fat % then I guess it's time to cut!

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