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Ladies who've lost weight: when did you refocus you efforts to building muscle?

coffeexxeyescoffeexxeyes Posts: 35Member Member Posts: 35Member Member
I have 9.5 pounds to go until I'm at 23% body fat. I'm thinking this will be a good place to quit trying to lose weight and start gaining more muscle. I'm new to this, so I appreciate your thoughts if you have experience with cutting/bulking. Thanks!

Ps: I'm currently quite active, so I've been building muscle while also losing weight. I can't wait until I can eat maintenance and get even stronger. Thanks again ❤
edited August 5

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  • sardelsasardelsa Posts: 8,204Member Member Posts: 8,204Member Member
    I started bulk/cut cycles after I lost the baby weight after my 1st baby and did not lift while I lost to maintain muscle, so I ended up with less than stellar body composition (for me personally) despite hitting a very low weight.

    I have run 3 bulk/cut cycles so far and I am very happy with the results. However, it's not always an easy route for many to deliberately gain weight then lose it again and again. It's also not necessary for many people's goals.

    If you want to improve your body composition and don't want to lose more, I would look into recomp.. so eating at maintenance while progressive resistance/lifting to lose fat and build muscle over time.
  • quiksylver296quiksylver296 Posts: 25,101Member Member Posts: 25,101Member Member
    I've lifted the entire time.

    I suck at cutting and I'm great at bulking. So I don't like to do it very much. I'd rather work a slower recomp, than cutting/bulking, if given a choice.
  • cupcakesandproteinshakescupcakesandproteinshakes Posts: 8Member Member Posts: 8Member Member
    I lost about 40 pounds 8 years ago just calorie counting. Got into lifting about 2 years ago. I also suck at dieting but am excellent at bulking and can do it all too easily. I Have just been trying to maintain at 140 pounds while following various lifting programmes including strong lifts, thinner leaner stronger, strong curves and currently phul. It is a very slow process though. Like it’s only just now into my 3rd year that I even look remotely like I lift
  • sardelsasardelsa Posts: 8,204Member Member Posts: 8,204Member Member
    I lost about 40 pounds 8 years ago just calorie counting. Got into lifting about 2 years ago. I also suck at dieting but am excellent at bulking and can do it all too easily. I Have just been trying to maintain at 140 pounds while following various lifting programmes including strong lifts, thinner leaner stronger, strong curves and currently phul. It is a very slow process though. Like it’s only just now into my 3rd year that I even look remotely like I lift

    I've been at it over 5 years and I still don't look like I lift! :D :'(
  • ExistingFishExistingFish Posts: 829Member Member Posts: 829Member Member
    I lifted the whole time, but switched from a "weight loss focus with lifting" to a "lifting focus with slow weight loss" after I achieved my first weight loss goal, which got me into a healthy BMI for my height.

    I have continued a very slow loss, eating between maintenance and just under for almost a year. I'm okay with where I am weight-wise now, I'm not trying to lose anymore, even slowly, although if it happens it happens.

    I'm considering trying bulk/cut cycles in the future.

    For the record, it's only been 18 months for me and I feel that I "look like I lift" - I don't look like a bodybuilder, I look like I lift. My shoulders and my traps show the evidence the most, but even my pecs are starting to look musclier in lower cut shirts. It's awesome.
  • mom23mangosmom23mangos Posts: 2,737Member Member Posts: 2,737Member Member
    sardelsa wrote: »
    I lost about 40 pounds 8 years ago just calorie counting. Got into lifting about 2 years ago. I also suck at dieting but am excellent at bulking and can do it all too easily. I Have just been trying to maintain at 140 pounds while following various lifting programmes including strong lifts, thinner leaner stronger, strong curves and currently phul. It is a very slow process though. Like it’s only just now into my 3rd year that I even look remotely like I lift

    I've been at it over 5 years and I still don't look like I lift! :D :'(

    Yes you do silly! I took the route of lifting the entire time and have been in a slow three year recompbulk (adding about 10lbs).
  • sardelsasardelsa Posts: 8,204Member Member Posts: 8,204Member Member
    sardelsa wrote: »
    I lost about 40 pounds 8 years ago just calorie counting. Got into lifting about 2 years ago. I also suck at dieting but am excellent at bulking and can do it all too easily. I Have just been trying to maintain at 140 pounds while following various lifting programmes including strong lifts, thinner leaner stronger, strong curves and currently phul. It is a very slow process though. Like it’s only just now into my 3rd year that I even look remotely like I lift

    I've been at it over 5 years and I still don't look like I lift! :D :'(

    Yes you do silly! I took the route of lifting the entire time and have been in a slow three year recompbulk (adding about 10lbs).

    Oh you are too kind! I get the "oh you are so fit do you do yoga/ Orange Theory?" Not that there is anything wrong with those of course!
  • megleighdmegleighd Posts: 50Member Member Posts: 50Member Member
    I've lost 110lb and have 30 to go, but feel it's time to start adding in weight lifting to help define the areas that are "sagging". I just joined a gym for this reason yesterday.
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