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    Should I bulk during summer?

    Hi guys, first thread here, already learning a lot from this forum. I started training for about 6 months, and eating well after reading the stickies (1-2 months). I know I have to build some lean body mass, however I'm not really liking the fact to go over the summer with my actual bf%.

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    weight: 68kg (150lb)
    height: 176cm (5'9")

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    I have 2 questions:

    1) Can you give me an estimate of my bf%?
    2) Considering that summer is approaching (december-january here), what should I do? I'm currently bulking, should I continue? Or recomp?

    Thanks a lot!
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    1. My estimate is 15%.
    2. Bulk. I bulked twice through summer, and I don't plan on changing my goals for some silly physique goal.
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    Good questions man, originally I was going to say cut until I saw your stats.

    I would do a good strong bulk, your body type is similar to how mine was. If I were you I would focus on a good clean bulking diet at around 3,000 calories a day depending on your workouts. I would bulk for about 6 months, bet you'll look awesome!

    1. bf% is super hard to estimate, maybe 15%? Not too sure, I would buy some calipers if I were you.

    2. How are you "bulking"? Are you eating a lot of food but some crap? Or is your diet beyond clean? I would eat super clean, then maybe 2 months before swimsuit season (around March or so) I would try to cut for 2 months, but I would definitely continue with the bulk. Just remember, eating crap will just make a crap body, clean up that diet!
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    Originally Posted by nils123 View Post
    Good questions man, originally I was going to say cut until I saw your stats.

    I would do a good strong bulk, your body type is similar to how mine was. If I were you I would focus on a good clean bulking diet at around 3,000 calories a day depending on your workouts. I would bulk for about 6 months, bet you'll look awesome!

    1. bf% is super hard to estimate, maybe 15%? Not too sure, I would buy some calipers if I were you.

    2. How are you "bulking"? Are you eating a lot of food but some crap? Or is your diet beyond clean? I would eat super clean, then maybe 2 months before swimsuit season (around March or so) I would try to cut for 2 months, but I would definitely continue with the bulk. Just remember, eating crap will just make a crap body, clean up that diet!

    WTF does that even mean?
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    Yes.
    Did it last year, wasn't so bad.

    Sometimes found it hard to eat though during extreme heat.
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    Originally Posted by necon76 View Post
    WTF does that even mean?
    I think he means if you eat turds, you might turn into a turd monster... Kind of like the boogie man, I guess
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    I would definitely carry on bulking if I was you pack on some mass and don't worry about that summer ripped beach body yet
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    I think you need to build some more muscle mass before you consider cutting
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    thanks a lot for the quick answers! Guess I will continue builking then... however I was planning not to go over 15% of bf%, and it looks like I'm already there. I read an article from Lyle McDonald where he recommends not to bulk over 15% (bulk until 15%, cut until 10%, bulk again, etc). My initial plan was:

    1) Bulk until end of november. Gaining 1lb/week I estimate to reach about 160lbs by then.
    2) Cut or Recomp during summer (dec until feb/mar)
    3) Bulk again

    Would that really not be recommended in my case?
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    Originally Posted by WMLifting View Post
    I think he means if you eat turds, you might turn into a turd monster... Kind of like the boogie man, I guess
    Haha right...but seriously.

    I have a roomate who thinks he's "bulking"

    And he just munches down on mcdonalds all the time.

    I guess that was my point.
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    Originally Posted by caipira1 View Post
    Some stats:
    weight: 68kg (150lb)
    height: 176cm (5'9")

    Pics below (all unflexed)

    I have 2 questions:

    1) Can you give me an estimate of my bf%?
    2) Considering that summer is approaching (december-january here), what should I do? I'm currently bulking, should I continue? Or recomp?
    1) 14 - 15%
    2) Bulk slowly, gaining 2 or maximum 3 pounds per month.

    PS. The idea that you have to eat 'really clean foods' is false.
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    Originally Posted by nils123 View Post
    Haha right...but seriously.

    I have a roomate who thinks he's "bulking"

    And he just munches down on mcdonalds all the time.

    I guess that was my point.
    I would guess you would enjoy watching this documentary



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    Originally Posted by Mrpb View Post
    I would guess you would enjoy watching this documentary
    Interesting, thanks. Guess there's always more for me to learn :P
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    Originally Posted by nils123 View Post
    Interesting, thanks. Guess there's always more for me to learn :P
    You're welcome man. And you probably understand that I'm not advocating a McDonalds diet. But in moderation and when daily macros and micros are met, there is also room for food from Mcdonalds if people prefer that.
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    Originally Posted by caipira1 View Post
    thanks a lot for the quick answers! Guess I will continue builking then... however I was planning not to go over 15% of bf%, and it looks like I'm already there. I read an article from Lyle McDonald where he recommends not to bulk over 15% (bulk until 15%, cut until 10%, bulk again, etc). My initial plan was:

    1) Bulk until end of november. Gaining 1lb/week I estimate to reach about 160lbs by then.
    2) Cut or Recomp during summer (dec until feb/mar)
    3) Bulk again

    Would that really not be recommended in my case?
    Remove bolded, gaining 10lbs then cutting is a sure way of spinning your wheels and gaining nothing from the time spent doing so, bulk to at least 170 and gauge progress, then continue to bulk lol.
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