Do not Bulk Until You're Torn
Ideally, you want to start a bulk cycle when you're incredibly skinny – single-digit body fat. Working in an environment with less fatty tissue means less inflammation and usually a better hormone profile – better nutrient distribution due to insulin sensitivity and less estrogen (fat cells are highly estrogenic).
But most people do not want the true world. Guys get a touch of upper abdomen in the morning, swear, they have 9% body fat and want to start "grabbing on the Gainz"! Well, down with it, big rig.
The difference between being a bit skinny and really skinned is like the difference of running around on the local go-kart track and being on the Nuburgring in a Viper ACR. Yes, you are in a "racing car" both on a track and technically, but it's just not the same thing.
Since most guys are never really fooled, they often end up in the lean fat land. This is the reason why most of the ambiguity about whether to lose or cut loose occurs. If you are thin, the scale will normally show "Runt" but "Donuts" on the mirror.
If you're an absolute freshman (or have less than a year of truly smart training experience) and you have more than 1
Jump into a small calorie deficit and concentrate on throwing the replay PRs on the big lifts. 19659003] If you're skinny but have between 12 and 15% body fat, focus on eating a constant calorie intake or a very small excess, and then beat out the PRs of the reps.
The common denominator? Stronger, in the growth-promoting repetitive areas (8-20) and build up more muscle. The underlying problem with the appearance of slim fat is not the level of body fat. It's the lack of muscle underneath.
A guy with 16% body fat and a lot of muscle underneath looks pretty jacked up. And that's the difference between him and the man who suffers from an ulcer and is 177 years old and has 16% body fat. Muscle heals many problems.
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