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tbh I'm much more motivated by appearance and performance in upcoming contests than I am the amount of weight in the bar. I know I'll get weaker -- it's inevitable. I find cutting easier than bulking though, since every day I look a little bit better in the mirror. I just remind myself, "if my goal was to lift a lot of weight, I'd lift a lot of weight." It's not my goal, so I don't. If you cut properly, you only see a temporary loss of strength, anyways. Just limit yourself to no more than 1.5-2lbs/week weight loss, keep protein intake at or above your body weight, and keep up your intensity in the gym and you should be fine.
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Knowledge is like 90% of the battle and to that end MarkI I think you are pretty well armed

I would play it safe and try and do 1-1.5lb a week over the long term... you will prob lose 10lb the first month but it comes slow after that. Or it might not. You don't know how your body will react until you do it. That alone is why I'm looking forward to the cut... 2013 I learned how I bulk.... 2015 or late 2014 I will learn how I cut. And then from there I will be able to progress exactly how I want to. You can always get gains back and it's a long term game. Getting there is the fun part to me
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mark, the best way to motivate you is to think about the insane amount of sloots you will slay this summer because guys in NYC totally lack aesthetics.

chicks love abs. who gives a shit why. just get them.
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Flexed abs starting to become visible. Lower rib cage already visible. Fat fucking love handles still there. What have I done? frown.gif
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they are the last to go

or you're forever cursed by genetics frown.gif
post #38661 of 42379
Love handles are usually the result of water retention
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That feel when your favorite local supp store hires new employees and they're all douchebags.

Today went in for creatine mono. Brah started asking me when during the day I take it(do you even pharmacokinetics?), telling me what I should "stack" it with, and pushing other forms of creatine on me. Guess that's that...bb.com will just get all my money.
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My weightloss goal of 2014 is to loose like 1-2lbs of fat.
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Originally Posted by TeeKay View Post

Love handles are usually the result of water retention

Unfortunately, I think jarude's right on this one. Maybe I'll snap pic later, but it's really fucking killing me mentally frown.gif Still some belly fat to drop too, so hopefully it will all start going soon.
post #38665 of 42379
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Originally Posted by VLSI View Post

Unfortunately, I think jarude's right on this one. Maybe I'll snap pic later, but it's really fucking killing me mentally frown.gif Still some belly fat to drop too, so hopefully it will all start going soon.

I bet if you drank an extra gallon of water tonight they'd be much smaller tomorrow.
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Is there any good reason why one wouldn't just use albuterol to cut?
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Originally Posted by MarkI View Post

Question for you, or anyone else who has cut before, how do you get through the mental hurdle?

I'm looking forward to losing excess fat, but I keep postponing my cut because I'm scared of losing the gains I worked so hard to get over the past year.

Originally was going to start after the new year, then I said no, let me wait until my scale arrives from amazon so I can do it exactly, now my scale has come and I'm telling myself I should bulk out the rest of this month.

I know if I'm careful cutting, the risk of losing muscle is slim, but I still feel a bit reluctant.

If you're concerned about strength loss you def want to cut slowly. My cut last spring was probably around 1 lb a week of weight loss, with most of it coming off in the first month and then almost being stagnant for another month. A slower cut is also less catabolic.

A higher carb intake will also help maintain performance. Keto is very good for weight loss but shit for most athletic activities, so I would either eat a moderate amount of carbs every day or just eat carbs around the workouts (pre and post) like IF.

I actually made strength gains the whold time apart from the last two weeks so cutting wasn't that tough for me.

Hunger will be a problem coming from a bulk. Gradually decrease calories. Eat more protein, fiber and satieting foods. If you're smart with your food choices and timing, you will still be full.
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Originally Posted by skeen7908 View Post

Is there any good reason why one wouldn't just use albuterol to cut?


dem cramps + tremors and it just feels kind of weird being on a beta antagonist or whatever that group of drugs is called. You have reminded me though that since i have started my cut I should consider some.
post #38669 of 42379
Lifting at this new gym has exposed me to all kinds of circuit training retardation. I don't have anything against circuit training outside of the fact that its impossible to take 15 untrained people and properly teach them typical compound barbell movements correctly. "OK, who here has bench pressed before?" confused.gif

I guess its a wash since I've never actually seen weight on a bar given that the movements are only being performed for time in complexes. Still, I'm sure there will be a day when someone breaks themselves doing a poorly-executed push press or sldl.

The trainer today actually had them doing a circuit that made sense up until the walking kettle bell swings which I didn't quite understand.
post #38670 of 42379
Been making my own dough and baking my own bread. Hoping that the lack of preservatives, sugar, and fat will aid in my weightloss goal.
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