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  • pyrusangelespyrusangeles Posts: 236Member Member Posts: 236Member Member
    noodlesno wrote: »
    So been in maintenance since March. Haven't been purposely recomping (I know that is not a real word :D) however, lifting heavy weights has done its magic and definitely changed my body as you can see below.

    So decided to take the recomp serious as of this week. Got myself an incredible trainer and looking to move my body fat from 25% (picture on right) to 18%-20%. I also want to get some of those abs people talk about and be able to do a set of pull up's and deadlift 100kg. Wish me luck!!!

    The question I want to ask though (sorry if this has already been asked a million times); do I need to go to cut and bulk cycles? Is it possible just to do this gently with a slight calorie deficit? I would like to be a bit gentle with my body after the last year and losing 100lbs in 11 months.

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    Congratulations!! Yes, you can continue on at a slower pace. Bulk and cut cycles work well for some people because they tend to be faster, but a slow recomp (or a slow cut, since you'll be at a very mild deficit) is a great way to keep working towards your goals while giving yourself a much-needed break. I personally favor slow cuts because they help me to change my overall lifestyle habits permanently.
  • sijomialsijomial Posts: 15,070Member Member Posts: 15,070Member Member
    noodlesno wrote: »
    So been in maintenance since March. Haven't been purposely recomping (I know that is not a real word :D) however, lifting heavy weights has done its magic and definitely changed my body as you can see below.

    So decided to take the recomp serious as of this week. Got myself an incredible trainer and looking to move my body fat from 25% (picture on right) to 18%-20%. I also want to get some of those abs people talk about and be able to do a set of pull up's and deadlift 100kg. Wish me luck!!!

    The question I want to ask though (sorry if this has already been asked a million times); do I need to go to cut and bulk cycles? Is it possible just to do this gently with a slight calorie deficit? I would like to be a bit gentle with my body after the last year and losing 100lbs in 11 months.

    @noodlesno
    You don't NEED to do cut/bulk cycles.

    Only the elite few with many years of serious training behind them and very advanced body composition goals might actually need to. But that's to progress beyond a physique that few will aspire to or achieve. Other people may choose to but that's very different to being a requirement.
  • jarobyjaroby Posts: 103Member Member Posts: 103Member Member
    heybales wrote: »
    Since you posted in a topic about Recomp - which is maintaining weight but transforming body by still losing fat - you are accomplishing that.

    But since that is not your desire - I'd suggest starting your own topic.

    I'll start out with a stressed out body undereating more than it desires can increase cortisol levels, which can help to slowly retain upwards of 20 lbs of water.

    How many weeks could that mask fat loss on the scale, but your inches prove the fat is dropping.

    Of course, a body under enough stress to react that way isn't good - so perhaps deficit is too great.

    Or you are somehow wiping out a rather big deficit with inaccurate food and exercise calories logging.

    When you start your topic - include if weighing foods (not measuring), and where the workout calorie burns come from.

    Sorry, I thought since I seem to be in recomp (but don’t want to be, as you said) a thread about recomp might be the most helpful place. I didn’t know if maybe there was an aspect about recomp that I was missing therefore sticking me in recomp when I would like to no be. :smile:

    I am weighing my foods + measuring the volume of liquids when appropriate, I’ve stated that above.

    And WOAH. I had no idea the body could retain so many lbs of water! That’s incredible helpful to know, even if my body is or isn’t doing that, I didn’t even know it was an option.

    Thanks for your reply!
    edited July 31
  • tthickens637tthickens637 Posts: 293Member Member Posts: 293Member Member
    noodlesno wrote: »
    So been in maintenance since March. Haven't been purposely recomping (I know that is not a real word :D) however, lifting heavy weights has done its magic and definitely changed my body as you can see below.

    So decided to take the recomp serious as of this week. Got myself an incredible trainer and looking to move my body fat from 25% (picture on right) to 18%-20%. I also want to get some of those abs people talk about and be able to do a set of pull up's and deadlift 100kg. Wish me luck!!!

    The question I want to ask though (sorry if this has already been asked a million times); do I need to go to cut and bulk cycles? Is it possible just to do this gently with a slight calorie deficit? I would like to be a bit gentle with my body after the last year and losing 100lbs in 11 months.

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    Nice work! No reason you can't take it slow with a slight deficit (a lot of folks don't have the patience).
    edited August 1
  • noodlesnonoodlesno Posts: 68Member, Premium Member Posts: 68Member, Premium Member
    sijomial wrote: »
    @noodlesno
    You don't NEED to do cut/bulk cycles.

    Only the elite few with many years of serious training behind them and very advanced body composition goals might actually need to. But that's to progress beyond a physique that few will aspire to or achieve. Other people may choose to but that's very different to being a requirement.

    Ok perfect, thanks. Maybe one day I will get to that point but for now, slight kcal deficit, high protein, and heavyweights will hopefully do the job (with a little sprinkle of cardio for that heart health).

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