On today’s episode of Live Lean TV, it’s time to answer one of the most asked questions, should you bulk or cut before building muscle?
In other words, what comes first, a bulk or cut?
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 to get photoshoot ready, but I 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 think about it being impossible?
Consistency, hard work, and following the right workout and diet plan make Living Lean possible.
Regardless of where you stand on the matter, if you’re going to do a bulk or cut phase with your training, in my opinion, there is a right and a wrong way to do it.
Here’s my answer to the question, should you bulk or cut before building muscle?:
In other words, lose fat first by following a body recomposition workout program like Live Lean Afterburn 2.0.
Then focus on adding quality muscle next, by following a lean muscle building program like Live Lean MASS 2.0.
If you follow a traditional bulking strategy, you put yourself at a higher risk of increasing your number of fat cells, in addition to those you already have.
Once you add new fat cells, you can shrink them, but you may never be able to get rid of them again.
Your first goal before bulking is to get your body fat %:
Important: if you train properly, you will reduce your body fat %, but the most important factor is your diet.
The fastest way to reduce your body fat % without starving yourself, is to be in a small 300-500 daily calorie deficit, by lowering the amount of calories from carbohydrates.
Then replace those carbohydrate calories by increasing your intake of good sources of healthy fat such as:
Now I’m interested in your experiences with bulking or cutting.
In the comment section below, let me know:
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Brad Gouthro is the founder of Live Lean TV, a media company focused on helping men and women “Live Lean” 365 days a year. Brad’s programs and content have helped millions of people all over the world learn how to get in shape, and more importantly, sustain it for life.