I am a 5'9" male trying to cut down to 168. I am at 179 pounds right now. I workout 6 days a week and my TDEE is 2,800. The last two months I've lost 13 pounds, is that a little too much fot a cut? Should I slowdown my pace by eating 2,300 calories instead of the 2,000 I've been doing? Thanks.
I’m 5”11ish and about 150 and skinny fat I believe you call it Monday’s through Fridays I don’t eat lunch and on weekends I don’t eat breakfast(it’s bc I don’t get hungry)
I swim around 5000-7000yrd sets everyday except weekends at either 5:30 to 7:30 or 6:30 to 8:30
And have free time any time after that or after 2:45
I wanna work on chest arms and abs
Also wanna stick to a good diet that’s not based on one food but maybe calories (flexible diet)
Sup guys, so I've been bulking for around 5 months, moderate surplus. I've gotten a lot stronger, and I think I've gained quite a bit of mass, but it's hard to know whether it's fat or muscle under the fat gains. I'm planning on bulking until I reach a 2 plate bench. I'm 6 foot 1 and 170 pounds and look kinda small in a shirt. My lift strength has gone up a lot:
Bench: 75 lbs to 165 pounds
Squat: 90 lbs to 265 pounds
Deadlift: 135 lbs to 335 pounds
I'm hoping once I hit a 3 plate bench and maybe a 1 plate overhread press that I'll look big and have enough mass to justify cutting. Ideally I want to be muscular and lean. question is, how do you know if you'd be able to go on a shred or cut without risking looking just skinny and weak?
I tried to "get shredded" for several months and a very hard cut (about 1500 net calories) yet I was never able to get any significant reduction in bodyfat.
Ultimately I gave up and started a lean bulk instead but I want to ask if anyone else really struggle with shifting that magical %?
Hi anyone who wants to help!
Am moving into an apartment with a great gym included next week and it’s time to sort myself out. I’m looking to get I guess what you would call “shredded” I see people like Conor Murphy and think wow that’d be great.
I am what you would call large but chubby. It needs to go.
I do know a bit about the how and what’s but I don’t know exactly what I should be doing to achieve that type of body.
I’m a fan of Jim Stoppanis’ “shortcut to shred” program I think it looks great but the high calorie intake scares me and I think I’ll put on weight (fat)
I’ve done some research and I’m thinking I should be aiming for 1900 calories a day with a 190g protein, 95g carbs and 84g fat macro breakdown (40/40/20) (possibly a bit low?!?)
So should I be purely doing weights like the program above or doing some cardio as well to help drop fat?
Appreciate any advice!
I'm a powerlifter and I have trained for strength for about 2 years.
I want to bring down my body fat to 10% for aesthetic purposes but I dont want to lose my actual muscle mass. My body has a harder time building muscle but I gain strength really easy so I'm not worried about losing couple pounds off my lifts during the process.
Question: Should I do a bodybuilding regimen or stick to powerlifting? Also which burns more calories? Thanks!
Hey i'm at a weird spot. It's like i don't feel fat at all but i don't see myself cut either. Like it's absurd, my stomach caves in now and my tiny shoulders have somehow gotten leaner too(Can see abit of side delts if i just move my arm upwards). Am i still at 14-15% bodyfat? I really thought i'd be able to atleast see SOME outline or ab things. Currently have lost all motivation to cut to getting super lean :(
Sorry for blur quality.
Wasn't sure if I wanted to keep cutting. My goals are to be as lean as possible and retain as much muscle mass. So I figured I should cut down to a low bf% and then lean-bulk my way upto my desired weight at a low bf%.
I used to be 195 (semi-skinny fat) and was able to get down to 175 lb (and retain most muscle mass) over the course of a year (with a few yoyoing here and there). However, I was only able to retain most muscle mass in my upper body (disregarding chub, and love handles). I'm definitely upperbody dominant and don't look like I weigh 175. But once the pants come off.....it all starts to make sense. I also have a genetic predisposition to store fat MOSTLY in the gut and love handle area, which is why I want to still cut despite being light at my height.
So the dilemma is I really want to build quality mass on my legs but it's really hard for me to. I have a lumbar sprain so it's hard for me to go heavy on low-bar squats. I've also had an ACL reconstruction on my left knee like 5 years ago but I feel like my left leg is not like what it was before. I have trouble activating the muscle and often times my right leg ends up doing most of the work (I honestly think this might be a key issue in not being able to progress). But anyways, I hope this gives a clear idea of my condition and was looking to get some perspective into what I can do in terms of trying to cut and build legs at the same time because my legs are starting to look like sticks! I know you can't really build muscle at a deficit (unless I'm making newbie gains), but maybe cycle through mini-cuts and bulks? I'm not sure.
I've been bulking since May (5'8", 145 lbs --> 160ish) and I'm looking to do a brief cut leading up to Halloween to get some definition (goal is to go shirtless this year). What's the best approach to maintain my muscle while shedding some body fat in the next 6-8 weeks? Thanks!