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    Bulk or Cut? (Pictures)

    Hey guys,
    New here, so I hope I'm posting in the right forum, etc. Sorry if I'm not.


    I'm trying to decide whether to bulk or cut. Now, when I started, about a month and a half ago, I started off by cutting for about 3 weeks, as I was under the impression that I had too much bodyfat for abs and muscles to show. After 3 weeks, my weight went down from 60kgs to 58. I then realized I didn't really have any significant muscle after reading up on whether to cut or bulk, and thought it would be a better idea to bulk. So these past 3 weeks have been spent bulking, but only lightly, going for more of a clean bulk (e.g. only eat 200ish calories above maintenance, in my case around 2750).

    I weigh 58kg now, about 127lb, I'm 5ft8 and 15 years old.

    Pictures should be attached, as you can see, I have a bit of fat covering my stomach, and also quite a bit on my lower back.

    So should I bulk or cut? And an estimate on my BF% would be nice as well, I'm guessing around 13-15%?
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    Definitely bulk. I'm not an expert on BF %'s, but you're probably a bit lower than 13-15.
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    Clean bulk and you'll be lookin' solid kid.
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    wut are you trying to cut to? skin and bones?
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    You're 15. Just eat a lot of food, and work out. Don't get caught up in bulk/cut.

    plus, cutting is for showing muscle mass. You, unfortunately, don't have any muscle mass yet.
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    Originally Posted by knot4reel91 View Post
    You're 15. Just eat a lot of food, and work out. Don't get caught up in bulk/cut.

    plus, cutting is for showing muscle mass. You, unfortunately, don't have any muscle mass yet.
    Yeah exactly, I was just unsure whether to try and lose the bit of fat I have covering my stomach/some other areas, before I gained muscle.

    Pretty clear message, will bulk from now on. Looking forward to it.
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    a lot of people ask this and they're sort of in-between in my opinion... even though 99% of the time everybody says bulk anyways.

    however, you for sure need to bulk. you don't have that much fat on you and if you had significantly more muscle you'd look plenty better.

    don't listen to them when they say to eat as much as you can though lol, any skinny kid gets that advice and then they get fat. it simply takes time

    do your research and get on a bulking diet with at LEAST 150g protein daily and approximately 2700-2900 or so calories depending on your activity level and metabolism
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    Originally Posted by GetJack3d View Post
    a lot of people ask this and they're sort of in-between in my opinion... even though 99% of the time everybody says bulk anyways.

    however, you for sure need to bulk. you don't have that much fat on you and if you had significantly more muscle you'd look plenty better.

    don't listen to them when they say to eat as much as you can though lol, any skinny kid gets that advice and then they get fat. it simply takes time

    do your research and get on a bulking diet with at LEAST 150g protein daily and approximately 2700-2900 or so calories depending on your activity level and metabolism
    I'm aiming for around 2750 calories at the moment, should be around a 10% surplus and that's the suggested surplus for a bulk, I think? I'm definitely getting enough protein, so it's all good.
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    Originally Posted by LezPaulEpiphone View Post
    I'm aiming for around 2750 calories at the moment, should be around a 10% surplus and that's the suggested surplus for a bulk, I think? I'm definitely getting enough protein, so it's all good.
    you need to just measure your strength gains as well as weight gain over time to adjust upward if necessary.

    weigh yourself in the same conditions every week on a certain day with similar levels of hydration, food inside your stomach, taking a piss / pooping, or even sodium. all of these things can affect how much you weigh and whether or not you're getting a good read on your true mass gains.

    if it's not quick enough, go up by a bit. if it's too quick, go down. it's as simple as that
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    Originally Posted by GetJack3d View Post
    you need to just measure your strength gains as well as weight gain over time to adjust upward if necessary.

    weigh yourself in the same conditions every week on a certain day with similar levels of hydration, food inside your stomach, taking a piss / pooping, or even sodium. all of these things can affect how much you weigh and whether or not you're getting a good read on your true mass gains.

    if it's not quick enough, go up by a bit. if it's too quick, go down. it's as simple as that
    Okay man, thanks for the info! I need to invest in a proper set of scales I think, the one I'm using at the moment is really temperamental, and doesn't go into very accurate figures.
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    Definitely bulk. Just eat everything you can get your hands on and lift hard.
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    Yeah u should bulk up bro
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    Wait so pretty much when you're done cutting, you just bulk bulk bulk? Im still cutting and it SUCKS.
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    Originally Posted by LezPaulEpiphone View Post
    Hey guys,
    New here, so I hope I'm posting in the right forum, etc. Sorry if I'm not.


    I'm trying to decide whether to bulk or cut. Now, when I started, about a month and a half ago, I started off by cutting for about 3 weeks, as I was under the impression that I had too much bodyfat for abs and muscles to show. After 3 weeks, my weight went down from 60kgs to 58. I then realized I didn't really have any significant muscle after reading up on whether to cut or bulk, and thought it would be a better idea to bulk. So these past 3 weeks have been spent bulking, but only lightly, going for more of a clean bulk (e.g. only eat 200ish calories above maintenance, in my case around 2750).

    I weigh 58kg now, about 127lb, I'm 5ft8 and 15 years old.

    Pictures should be attached, as you can see, I have a bit of fat covering my stomach, and also quite a bit on my lower back.

    So should I bulk or cut? And an estimate on my BF% would be nice as well, I'm guessing around 13-15%?
    you should do a clean bulk to get your bodyfat down.
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