Should I start with a cut or a bulk?

Should I start with a cut or a bulk?

You should bulk first if you are skinny fat. A 10% caloric surplus is optimal to build muscle while ensuring you don’t put on a lot of excess body fat. Stay in a surplus for a minimum of 4 months and then begin a slow, gradual cut.

Can I go straight from a cut to a bulk?

Generally speaking, your maintenance phase should be roughly 25-50% the length of your cut. You will often gain a few pounds initially during the maintenance phase, but then find some stability for a few weeks prior to starting your bulk.

Can a beginner gain muscle while cutting?

So, should you strength train while cutting? Yes, strength training during a cutting phase is critical to maintaining as much lean muscle mass as you can during this lower-calorie phase. The more muscle mass you can maintain, the lower your body fat gets as you drop weight.

How long do newbie gains last?

There is no exact formula or answer to how long the newbie gains kick lasts. However, there is a general consensus among professionals that the newbie gains period tends to last somewhere between 6 and 12 months after starting lifting.

Is creatine good while cutting?

Creatine can help support and protect your muscles during cutting by bringing water into your muscles. This helps boost and preserve muscle fibers from damage. That’s also why drinking plenty of water during cutting is important. It protects muscles from breakdown or injury from dehydration during your cutting cycle.

When should I start my cut?

Question 5: For How Long Should I Cut?

  • For 10 pounds or less, start cutting 2-3 months ahead.
  • For 20 pounds or more, start cutting 4-5 months ahead.
  • Add 1-2 weeks for any major foreseeable obstacles.
  • If such extended time is not on your side, I recommend at minimum six weeks for any cutting program.

What month should I start bulking?

As for bulking season, the best time to start packing on size is almost always in the fall and winter.

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