What Should You Do First “BULK” or “CUT” – Exact Way To Start
Usually people get stuck at the very initial phase of fitness journey, ie; BULK OR CUT?. But what is important is to increase you strength. Below article will show you the exact way to start with fitness journey in more effective manner.
Hey, everyone, I hope your fitness journey is continuing with lots of fun, success and some failure of course.
If you have fallen off the wagon then I tell you to jump right back into the game and start where you left.
Today’s topic is very simple one but many people get confused doing it.
In past few weeks, I have got many emails about “what should I do first the bulk or cut?”
I have a very simple answer for it and that is don’t get stuck in the rut of bulk or cut.
This is the situation where many of you get stuck and don’t even take the first step towards fitness as you over think this topic.
The most important thing that you should do is to just figure out your TDEE first.
You first need to understand how much food your body wants so that you could do all the stuff in the gym without killing yourself.
So firstly select the foods that you need to eat so that you maintain your electrolytic balance and constant supply of energy.
After you have done the above then I want to make it clear that you should only focus on increasing your strength.
This is the end of the game!
Yes, you heard me right getting strong must be your priority all the time.
Even if you are so called overweight or if you are skinny your main goal should be to be crazy strong.
Does that mean that you should bulk?
I can say yes but not as you think.
Getting strong requires you to be in calorie surplus if you are an intermediate or advanced lifter.
But if you are a newbie than if you remain in a mild calorie deficit or if you are at your maintenance then also you can get strong.
You might be thinking that “hey I am overweight 50 lbs how should I approach it?”
The answer is pretty simple!
You can be in a strong calorie deficit of about 20-25 % of your TDEE and get stronger while dropping fat.
As far as bulking or cutting goes you don’t need to focus on that stupid thing.
If you are a skinny guy and if you want to bulk you might start eating garbage foods and you might end up with health complications.
For a long run to sustain fitness I recommend to focus long term and choose foods that help you improve your health.
I have seen skinny people eat junk and fall ill and they lose all their gains they made just because they were eating wrong foods.
So here are 4 reasons why you should focus only on increasing your strength:
1) More strength = more muscle:
Even if you are a newbie or at any stage of your lifting career you must increase your lifting standards.
The only way you can lift more is by eating the correct amount of food and lifting in progression.
Now eating at your maintenance is a great way for a newbie to increase tier strength and build muscle.
If you are overweight and you decide to cut fat by reducing your calorie intake then your progress will stall.
You might lose fat for some 2 months and you might not be able to lose more after some time.
Not only that your lifts will also plateau and you won’t get any stronger.
But if you see long term and only reduce a small amount of calorie intake and keep on getting stronger then you will build more muscle and look great.
If you are overweight and think about cutting then you might end up skinny fat which is not a great position to be in.
However, if you remain in a small calorie deficit and build muscle even if you are higher body fat then also you will look great.
2) You will look like 10 % body fat even if you are 20 %:
The reason why is that if you have more muscle on your body then even if you are at 20% body fat you will look lean.
I have done all the bulk and cut myself and I have found out now that I have more muscle and have a bit high body fat I look lean.
The reason is muscle is denser than fat.
I mean if you take one pound of fat and one pound of muscle they will have different density.
3) Your overall health improves drastically:
If you get stuck in the rut of bulk or cut then you will lose many health benefits.
For example, if you think of bulking and you do dirty bulk then you might start getting hypertension and blood pressure issues.
And not only that but after some time you will have gained more fat than muscle and you will start running into insulin sensitivity issues.
And if you go into calorie deficit for a very long time then you will face many issues.
For example loss of muscle, strength, bone density, reduced testosterone levels.
4) You might not get injured if your strength is high enough:
There are very few chances that if you stay on proper nutrition and periodically lift heavy weights then your tendons and ligaments will get strong.
This will help you when you might fall or something.
I have seen even people that are thin when they fall they break their hip bone or hurt their lower back.
So the people that think that muscle can only be built by youngsters then they are totally wrong.
I have a family that exercises every day so even if they might slip or something they don’t get hurt badly.
However skinny guys with no strength and muscle have very high chances to get injured.
So simply I want to convey the message that you need to focus on the long-term goal of being about 15 -20 % body fat range but don’t go under 10% as it will start hindering with your strength and hormones.
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