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Cutting and bulking plans

Discussion in 'Nutrition' started by Michael Ray, Mar 8, 2017.

  1. Michael Ray

    Michael Ray Amateur

    In the last year I've been tracking quite a few changes to my diet and exercise. I've lost about 17 pounds of jelly and put on some lean muscle. I still have some "hard to reach" jelly to lose, and would ultimately like to put all of my pounds back on in lean muscle. To say I'm new to the concepts in play here, would be an understatement. With that in mind, I don't even know if this is the right way to go, as concepts/plans go.

    I've been looking at some things, and have stumbled upon RP Strength. Has anyone here used their diet planning spreadsheets? If not them, have you tried anything else, as far as systems go? Thanks for any input you can provide.
  2. I played around with diet and nutrition for a long time before I figured out what everyone was trying to tell me for years. I eat a lot of healthy calories from Whole Foods and I follow a good strength and conditioning program. I eat a lot of lean meats, chicken, rice and veggies.

    Unless you're quite obese, I would against working out in a calorie deficit and rather, workout in a slight calorie excess and focus on building muscle. The best way to burn fat is to build muscle and if you are in a calorie deficit, you will not be building as much muscle (if any). If you stay in too much of a calorie deficit for too long you can actually begin to hold onto more fat as your body goes into a state of starvation.

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  3. Michael Ray

    Michael Ray Amateur

    Thank you.
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  4. M80Ball

    M80Ball Newbie

    Gotta disagree with you there brother. By that logic, no powerlifter / strongman should be fat due to the muscle mass they have and they'd qualify as bodybuilders as well. You're absolutely right in saying that little to no muscle mass will be built in a deficit (unless the individual is just starting weight training). It's a balance. The way to avoid the starvation mode you mentioned is to not drop your calories too fast or too extreme. There's only about a 300 calorie difference between my surplus goal and deficit goal (2700 vs 2400).

    Michael, it depends on how long you've been cutting for. If you don't have a ton of fat left, you could start up a small bulk again (.5lb/week) and do that for a few months. Recomp after that cycle if needed. Or you could just finish off the cut and eliminate all the fat you want before getting into a surplus again. It's largely up to you and your goals. You can't do both at the same time, so we need to figure that out first.
  5. I think you may be misunderstanding. There's a difference between eating plenty of good clean food in order to build some muscle and perform while losing fat and eating an 8k calorie a day powerlifting diet... extremes. Some power lifters are quite lean, however.

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  6. M80Ball

    M80Ball Newbie

    Oh shit I gotcha, I misunderstood. Completely agree with you. People say "just eat man!" when they ask about bulking. That's a perfect road to go down if you want to get fat.
  7. ajsomp

    ajsomp Newbie

    I've used RP for a few years. They simplify things, a lot. To the point where it has changed my perception of how to keep a sustainable lifestyle. BLUF- buy the templates. If you buy one cut and one bulk you can use it multiple times (they even talk about this and tell people not to buy one every time). I do cycles of cut, sustain, bulk, sustain, cut, etc continuously. My weight usually stays within 10-15 lbs - but I look completely different than I did 3 years ago.
  8. Michael Ray

    Michael Ray Amateur

    Thank you for the info, guys.
  9. So it's worth the $100-$160 for each template? That seems a little steep, but I've never purchased anything similar before.

    I get that they have a template for losing weight and a new template for gaining muscle, and that they are adjusted for gender and starting weight, s how often would I actually need to get a new template?
  10. Michael Ray

    Michael Ray Amateur

    See? That's my primary source of hesitation with them, really. If the spreadsheet is scalable based upon the ability to key in your current weight and let the various formulae programmed into the sheet take over, it makes a lot more sense. Otherwise, I am going to have to go back and buy a new spreadsheet at some point. If that's the case, how do I determine when I need to do that?
  11. Maybe do a group buy and get 12 spread sheets, all of similar yet slightly different variables? Then we could reverse-engineer their formula? Then we would know when to get new spreadsheets. Of course, then we wouldn't need to buy new spreadsheets...

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