Thought i posted this already but cant find the thread. damn internets at work
So confused as this is my first cut. Dont know whats good, whats bad, if any of its good, all of its bad?
5'7 age 36 162lbs now. Bulked from 135lbs. 20.4% body fat.
Have a lot of fat to burn because I think i bulked too long and not so clean. Eating a defecit of 300 calories per day but its going slow and i feel like im always hungry now so i cant cut more calories right now. I feel like i need assistance
On top of that i want something that will give me an energy boost in the gym. I find the lack of food is harder on me than i would have originally thought
Before and after. You can see i have put on a lot of weight, probably half of it fat
bulking by eating more and anything is not a good practice at all for the reasons you stated and for health reasons. bulking does not mean gaining fat on top of your muscles. this practice is done by pros who are on tons of steroids and growth hormones, but it should not be done by natural bodybuilders especially at your age and in a short period of time. not sure who gave you the advice of bulking like that. anyways looking at your pics i think you did not do that bad and you did not gain that much fat as your friend said , however, you just need to eat HEALTHY cut down the fats and the carbs a little bit and you should lose fat SLOWLY while working out and gaining muscle. NO need for any fat burners at all because they might not work and harm you and it will not be effective as a healthy diet. your lack of energy is due to unhealthy eating habit and to your mental state most probably. most of the carbs you eat should be during the pre-workout portion of the day. also do not go on bulking again.
for the future any gain of muscle mass is accomplished SLOWLY and surely by training hard and SMART AND HEALTHY DIET ALL THE TIME ALL YEAR LONG.
I think you are still pretty tiny but bulking wouldn't be a bad idea. You can always loose the fat after your done with your bulk. That's not a problem at all. Just make sure you are eating enough cals to power through your workouts and you will be fine. I really do my bulking earlier than later it's just easier. Good luck with your training.
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