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Whats a good bmi to start bulking?

usmcnasusmcnas Member, Premium Posts: 27 Member Member, Premium Posts: 27 Member
Just a silly question I’ll probably get schooled on. But what if i started bulking without losing that stomach fat, say im at a 24 bmi and im not fully lean yet. Could i get muscle and would i look good?

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  • harper16harper16 Member Posts: 1,659 Member Member Posts: 1,659 Member
    Won't what someone looks like at a certain BMI be different for each person?
  • usmcnasusmcnas Member, Premium Posts: 27 Member Member, Premium Posts: 27 Member
    @harper16 true. Sorry i forgot. So i am about 198lbs on a good morning 18, and 5’11 my healthy bmi is like 19-25 and over weight is 26- say i got muscle but theres like 1 layer of fat on me if i bulk could that fat go away essentially with all this work im doing to bulk
  • sardelsasardelsa Member Posts: 9,355 Member Member Posts: 9,355 Member
    Deciding when to bulk is mostly based on bodyfat vs BMI. In your case though I would not bulk yet. If you gain weight with a higher bodyfat you are more likely to put on more fat vs muscle and could possibly put yourself at more health risks. I would cut first, continue to lift and get adequate protein then when you are lean enough (for males it's usually around 10-12%) you can choose to bulk.
  • usmcnasusmcnas Member, Premium Posts: 27 Member Member, Premium Posts: 27 Member
    @sardelsa okay thank you i knew that just wondering!
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