Do you ever feel like you know what kind of physique you want to build, but you are not sure how to get there? Don’t worry, you are not alone. There are many key elements such as hard work, consistency, proper nutrition, lifestyle and the list goes on.
However, whether you want to lose fat, build muscle or get fit, I am almost certain you have heard the phrase “bulk and cut” at least once. You will be surprised by the number of people who are unfamiliar with the real meaning of bulking up and cutting...
So, keep on reading to find out everything there is to know about Bulking up and Cutting.
No matter what you want to learn, you first have to learn the basics of the thing you are going to do. If you are smart enough you will start by figuring out what not to before you even start learning how to properly do the thing that you are about to do, right?
So, let's start by learning the definition of Bulk and Cut.
What Do Bulk and Cut Actually Mean?
The majority of fitness enthusiast use these terms in a completely wrongful way. However, I don’t blame any of them as these words lack details and specifics. In fact, these are probably the two most discussed terms in the fitness industry.
Bulking up is a synonym for building muscle, while cutting is a synonym for losing fat.
The primary goal when bulking is to build muscle while keeping fat gains to an absolute minimum. You need to increase the calorie intake so a caloric surplus is present.
On the other hand, your goal while cutting is to lose fat without losing the muscles you’ve built. The calorie intake must be decreased so that a caloric deficit is present.
Trust me, it sounds much easier than it actually is. Let’s see what happens when you don’t bulk and cut the right way.
Rules To Proper Bulk And Cut
Unless you bulk up and cut the right way, you will end up with results you never expected or wanted.
For example, you might gain too much excess body fat while bulking. The other often observed situation is when people lose too much muscle mass while cutting. In other words, you are back to square one or worse.
There are simple rules you must follow if you want to successfully bulk and cut.
Rule #1: Pay attention to your calorie intake
Whether you have to increase or decrease it, make sure you monitor your calorie intake. Just make sure you don’t eat anything in sight and you will be fine.
Rule #2: Decide what your goal is and track your progress
Unless you start tracking your progress, you won’t be able to know whether you are getting closer to achieving your goal. Make sure you keep a track of your weight.
Rule #3: Don’t forget to do cardio
Cardio is good for your cardiovascular health and it keeps you fit. It also heightens your metabolic rate and increases oxygen uptake into cells and if done regularly, 2 -3 times a week, can help keep you lean.
Rule #4: Increase your water intake while cutting
Make sure you drink enough water, as it has numerous benefits. Not to mention it has no calories. However, sufficient water intake can help stave off hunger and it can give you energy during your workout.
Rule #5: Give your body proper rest and recovery time
I give this advice to everybody I ever trained. Somehow, people forget how important proper rest and recovery are for the muscles. They grow outside of the gym. Without it, your results will suffer.
Now you know the meaning of bulking and cutting, and you are familiar with the basics.
The very first question that comes on your mind right now is probably “Okay, so far so good, but is bulking up and cutting the right choice for me?”. Let’s find the answer to this question.
To Bulk and Cut or Not to
Two of the most frequent questions people ask me are “Should I bulk or cut?” and “Are bulk and cut cycles right for me?”. My honest answer to everybody who is having difficulties figuring this out is to try. Give it a try.
How would you know if something is good for your body if you haven’t tried it? You can’t, can you?
Start with proper cycles of cutting and bulking and see how your body will react.
To be honest, whether you should bulk or cut depends mostly on your body fat percentage.
If you have more than 15% body fat (man) or 25% body fat (woman), you should consider getting lean. In other words, you should start cutting.
If you have less than 10% body fat (man) or 20% body fat (woman), you should consider bulking up.
The very next question that comes up is “Should I start with bulking or cutting?”
I will do my best to give you a short answer to this one too. To be honest, whether you should start with bulking or cutting is mostly up to you and your current body mass index.
Do you consider yourself as an overweight person? Then the very best thing you can do is cut first, lose the excess pounds and then start the muscle building phase.
Luckily, those who are already in a leaner shape can start with whichever phase they prefer. Do you want to get even leaner? Start with cutting.
Do you want to build more muscles? Start with bulking up.
In my career, I have seen many people who have no clue where to start from. The best thing is to start. It doesn’t matter where from. Just make sure you give yourself the chance to change and you will fall in love with the results you will see.
To get the best results possible with bulking up and cutting cycles, you need to follow my advice. Whether you want to lose fat, gain weight, get fit, increase strength or build muscle, basically, everything I just shared with you will help you achieve your goal. Are you ready to bulk and cut?