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Read a Bulk to cutting article. Thoughts?

DM88ENTDM88ENT Posts: 28Member Member Posts: 28Member Member
Hi so I read an article the other day claiming bulking should be done 3-6 weeks at a time , then cutting 3-6 weeks at a time to see max results. Thoughts on this? From all other articles they recommend 4-6 months of bulking and then maintaining. Thanks for your time responding and reading

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  • ChieflrgChieflrg Posts: 7,881Member Member Posts: 7,881Member Member
    What was the reasoning and suggested body fat percentage, genderb, and age suggested in the article for this to be more efficient than a longer bulk?
  • Grambo54Grambo54 Posts: 75Member Member Posts: 75Member Member
    bulking ie getting fat is a total waste of time, is inefficient, counter productive, and slows your gains overall because you use up valuable energy metabolising food instead of recuperating and growing.
  • watts6151watts6151 Posts: 471Member, Premium Member Posts: 471Member, Premium Member
  • DM88ENTDM88ENT Posts: 28Member Member Posts: 28Member Member
    Grambo54 wrote: »
    bulking ie getting fat is a total waste of time, is inefficient, counter productive, and slows your gains overall because you use up valuable energy metabolising food instead of recuperating and growing.

    There's too much damn information on the web, not sure which has correct info and which doesn't now a days.. so many just want to post blogs for ad revenue. So what your saying is is should not eat in a caloric surplus?
    edited September 6
  • steveko89steveko89 Posts: 1,325Member Member Posts: 1,325Member Member
    DM88ENT wrote: »
    Grambo54 wrote: »
    bulking ie getting fat is a total waste of time, is inefficient, counter productive, and slows your gains overall because you use up valuable energy metabolising food instead of recuperating and growing.

    There's too much damn information on the web, not sure which has correct info and which doesn't now a days.. so many just want to post blogs for ad revenue. So what your saying is is should not eat in a caloric surplus?

    Bulking in the sense of eating at a significant surplus such that there's fast fat gain that far outpaces muscle synthesis can be counter-productive. Natural (no steroids) muscle gain is far slower than the industry would lead one to believe. For most, the optimal approach seems to be getting sufficiently lean so a long lean bulk (very mild surplus) can be sustained for an extended period of time (months).
  • Grambo54Grambo54 Posts: 75Member Member Posts: 75Member Member
    What Im saying is you should maintain a healthy body fat percentage and calorie intake that provides the energy you need to train hard. You'll know what this is by your energy levels. This body fat % will fluctuate but not much. The notch on your pants belt shouldnt change for example, unless youre cutting for a contest. When your goal is to add bulk (fat), you will be using more energy to metabolise the extra food, you'll have to carry that extra weight around all day using even more energy and your body will generally be more sluggish and less efficient. Carrying extra bulk(fat) wont help you gain muscle more quickly. High energy levels, intense workouts and the right amount of rest and recuperation will. What you eat is not as important as how hard(intensely) you train by the way, and how often (dont overtrain ) you train. Food is important, yes but your energy levels are the best indicator of whether your food intake is right (amount, food type, carb fat protein quantities) and whether your training regime is about right. The scales are ok too, as an indicator week to week but overall learn to listen to your own body instead of relying on some formula someone has come up with that may or may not work for them or you.
  • psuLemonpsuLemon Posts: 34,987Member, MFP Moderator, Greeter, Premium MFP Moderator Posts: 34,987Member, MFP Moderator, Greeter, Premium MFP Moderator
    Grambo54 wrote: »
    bulking ie getting fat is a total waste of time, is inefficient, counter productive, and slows your gains overall because you use up valuable energy metabolising food instead of recuperating and growing.

    Bulking is the fastest way to gain muscle. I don't know where you are getting that information from, but a recomp is not more effective than a bulk for gaining mass. Yes, you gain some fat, but that is easy to mitigate. If you think bulking is just getting fat, you are doing it wrong.

    OP, there are variables that come into play which can effect your results. The main drivers are current leanness, training age and training program.
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