I want to start cutting. I think I'm getting fatter.
I know I'm gaining strength, and muscle. But I don't want to get to the point where I look like a fat guy. I'm 6"1, and I just reached my short-term goal of 200 lbs.
And here's my debate. Start cutting, down to about 6% bodyfat, and finally look fit again. Or gain 25 more lbs (225), and then start the cut... but that's so far away! Ughh!
What would you guys recommend? If I start cutting now, I know I'll look good after its all said and done... but would I look better if I waited to cut once I hit 225 lbs? Obviously I'd gain more muscle mass... Decisions..
Any input would be fantastic. What do you guys think I should do?
tannywild - Make sure you take a scientific approach to cutting. All to often people cut carbs completely, and end up just losing 10lb fat, 20lb muscle. Cycle your carbs, bump up your protein, dont get sucked into huge cardio sessions. If you want anyhelp, I'll be happy to assist champ
First of all, don't expect to lose all the weight at once. It does take time.
Start by cutting your carbs by 50%. If you were at 400g carbs a day, slash to 200g a day. Bump up your protein intake by about 30-40g to ward off catabolism. Cardio is a personal preference, but if you wanna do it, no more than 3 times a week, half an hour of walking. Evaluate you cardio after a week and make any changes (more/less). Follow this for 6 weeks and you'll lose about 1-2lbs a week.
After this period, you can begin cycling your carbs. Have a high carb day of 200g a day, then 150g a day, then 100g a day. This will keep your metabolism on the go. Make sure your protein stays up, to avoid catabolism.