SO many guys fail to do this, and end up ballooning after their cutting period,…
There seems to be a lot of frustration and confusion with a lot of guys, not knowing which one to pursue.
As we know already, trying to do both simultaneously is very inefficient! Therefore, you would be correct in attempting to prioritise one over the other.
The question is which one?
The answer is: It depends on YOUR goals & YOUR priorities.
But, I have a few recommendations. As I have mentioned previously, I don’t like to see beginners cutting. This is unless they are fat to the point of being unhealthy. If beginners (who have been lifting for less than a year) start cutting, they are short-changing themselves massively! They’re missing out on muscle & strength gains that they will never get another chance to make (at such a fast rate), ever again!
If you aren’t particularly bothered about gaining much muscle and just want to get really shredded then ignore the above.
But what tends to happen is people start off just wanting “a little” muscle. Then a bit more. And some more. Etc. Same with a lot of things in life hahaha! Sometimes we need to learn to be satisfied with how far we’ve come 🙂
For those who have been lifting longer than a year, it really does depend. I believe most people would be happier and more confident losing body fat and getting leaner. But I’m biased and it is a personal decision. Some people who are naturally skinny and/or taller will be better off bulking generally.
For those who are “skinny fat” and are NOT a beginner, it depends on your body fat percentage. Beginners always need to gain more muscle and capitalise on the ridiculous potential you have in the first year of lifting. Obviously this should be done responsibly.
If you are an intermediate “skinny fat” (lifting longer than a year) then it really depends. If you have a chubby face and/or a gut then it’s probably best to cut for a while. If it’s not a real issue, then feel free to keep bulking. It’s difficult to say as it’s so subjective.
But I stand by my original (possibly biased) statement that if you are:
- Past the beginner stage
- Not particularly lean
Then you will probably look and feel better after a cut. Your face sharpens up, and waistline will narrow. All your proportions improve! As a consequence, your confidence tends to increase and you start to be generally happier 🙂