Alright Live Leaners, it’s time to answer one of the most asked questions here on Live Lean TV, “Should I bulk or cut before trying to add muscle?”.
First off, I’ve been consistently training for approximately 10 years and I have never done a typical “bulk phase”. Sure I’ve “cut” for projects and photoshoots, but I really do consistently stay lean (under 9% body fat) 365 days a year.
Some people in the industry say it’s impossible to maintain that level of leanness all year.
What do I say?
Consistency, hard work, and following the right workout and diet plan’¦YES!
Regardless of where you stand on the matter’¦
In my opinion, there is a right and a wrong way to do it. Bottom line’¦
LOSE FAT FIRST.
ADD QUALITY MUSCLE NEXT.
…is that it may increase the quantity of fat cells you already have. And once you add fat cells, you MAY be able to shrink them BUT you may never be able to actually get rid of them again.
So your first goal before bulking’¦is get your body fat % below 10% or if you’re a female below 20%.
IMPORTANT: if you train properly, you will reduce your body fat %’¦but the real important factor is your diet.
…without starving yourself, is to lower the amount of calories from carbs and replace those calories by increasing your intake of good sources of healthy fat like fish oil, flax, and borage oil.
…you’ll definitely want to check out my Live Lean Forever 2.0 Starter Guide. This starter guide includes a sample workout from my Live Lean Afterburn 12 week workout program and a full days worth of meals that I typically eat, to stay lean all year round.
Click here to go download it for free and lets prove you can live lean all year round.
Have you ever tried to bulk or cut and what were your results?
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