October 12, 2018
Research has shown that you can only build so much muscle as a natural lifter, and additional calories beyond a reasonable calorie surplus will just result in fat gain. The literature has also shown that building muscle is possible while in a calorie deficit.
Lifters have misinterpreted this and many think, "Bulking will make me fat. Why bulk if I could just build muscle on a cut?" Well, here's the thing: Just because you technically can build muscle while on a fat-loss diet doesn't mean it's the most efficient way.
This generally only happens with beginners or those who carry a lot of excess body fat. Regardless, building muscle while dieting for fat loss is a slow, inefficient process. Your body likes to have focus. If you can barely fill out a medium T-shirt, don't worry about losing fat. Focus JUST on building muscle by going on a bulk.
A few years ago, we had a problem with too many people using bulking as an excuse to eat half a buffet line. This is a surefire way to get fatter than a pregnant cow. But nowadays we see guys who are so terrified of losing their Instagram-flaunting abs they barely ever reach maintenance with their food consumption.
Bulking has almost become completely taboo, and the word automatically makes people think it's strictly a fat-gaining phase. Here's a newsflash for all the bulk haters with toothpick limbs: Bulking is absolutely necessary to build a significantly muscular physique. Most guys who want to build a lot of muscle still need to eat in a calorie surplus for a solid amount of time.
If you don't have the right expectations, you will undoubtedly give up before any significant growth can occur. Here's a few things to understand when going into a bulk:
Here are some stupid-simple guidelines to follow that will help you build slabs of muscle while minimizing fat gain:
Remember, the most shredded physiques you see only look good because they carry significant muscle mass. If you only focus on getting lean abs year-round, you'll look small, frail, and weak... which looks just as bad as being fat.
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