Originally Posted by skeen7908
You are 198 and over 20% body fat
Lets estimate you have around 45lbs of fat
198-45 = 153lbs lean mass
If you got down to 8% and lost absolutely no muscle (unlikely) youd weigh around 165
More realistic you lose 5lbs of lean mass during the cut (still a very good effort) = 160lb
Which is why bulk/cut is the dumbest shit on earth
You dun goofed brah, but you can fix it just start again
Fuji please check the math
Strong criticizing dude, thanks. So after this weekend (vacation) I'll be starting my cut, and I think the only piece of the puzzle left for getting aesthetic is knowing where to set my calorie goals (am getting to the gym consistently, am counting calories, staying hydrated, getting sleep, etc.). For example, on this bulk when I first started I was targeting 2500 kcals which really isn't a lot. Granted, some days I would allow myself to eat over, but typically I'm pretty meticulous in my counting. It's sorta surprising me that I gained that much on only 2500 kcals. Then my lifts stalled, I upped it to 3000 kcals (which I'm on now) and increased my protein, and they started moving again. I'm clearly doing something wrong in setting my calorie targets.
FWIW my last cut I targeted 2000 kcals which I'll prob do this time too to start. Anyways, so for this cut, should I just drop to 2000 kcals and monitor for a couple weeks? In order to preserve lbm, do I just need to be at a deficit where my weights aren't going down, or what? Typically that's what I'd do, I'd start at some deficit and adjust down until my weights are barely moving and hold there. Is that wrong? And should I actually be targeting losing 40 lbs to get into single digits? Was considering getting a DEXA just to see what I'm actually at and to see what it's like to get one, pointless?
For my next bulk, if I'm cutting say at 2000 kcals, should I up to 2500 kcals or 3000 kcals? How do I know where to set the initial target, and what cues should I be watching to adjust?
Also as an aside, how is bulk/cut stupid? You make much faster progress than just a slow lean bulk/recomp (assuming you're doing it properly).
Originally Posted by Cool The Kid
198 x 20% = ~40lbs
If aesthetics are the goal (and for KC they are) weight gain on a bulk has to be kept in check esp once noob gains are burnt through. Someone who's been lifting for 2-3 yrs or more shouldn't be gaining more than like 2lb a month max. I felt like such a dumbass when my lifts kept going up after I started to basically hold my weight steady. Could have made all my gains 10lb lighter
CTK same questions as I asked skeen.
Originally Posted by Coldsnap
Khaye you'll be fine. Just cut a big and lose some from the midsection. Your posture is really poor even when trying to stand straight.gotta get your hips under you more and your ribs down. Follow Chris duffib stuff or seek out PRI help.
WTF does "get your ribs down" mean.
Also nobody addressed my biggest problem which is how to prevent myself from looking like I'm showing everyone my package.Edited by Khayembii Communique - 4/9/15 at 7:49am