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    How long before contest should I start cutting?

    I am planning on attending a contest on Nov. 17th. I am 17 yrs old and probably around 10-12% bodyfat at the momment (up from 9% since my pics I put on bodyspace). But i've put on a good 10-15lbs since those pics.

    Anyway, if I attend, this will be my first show and I am really a total newb when it comes to nailing proper condition for a show. Although I have been on a few cuts so I know how to diet properly.
    So my questions are:

    How low should my bodyfat be right before contest if I want to look good but not be super ripped because I don't want to loose muscle unneccesarily?

    How long before contest should I start cutting in order to nail condition?

    I am thinking I should start cutting about a month before contest but I really have no idea. I understand that how long I cut is dependent on how strict I am in my diet but an estimate would be great. Any answers, tips or suggestions would be greatly appreciated.
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    Originally Posted by Thewhite9t
    I am planning on attending a contest on Nov. 17th. I am 17 yrs old and probably around 10-12% bodyfat at the momment (up from 9% since my pics I put on bodyspace). But i've put on a good 10-15lbs since those pics.

    Anyway, if I attend, this will be my first show and I am really a total newb when it comes to nailing proper condition for a show. Although I have been on a few cuts so I know how to diet properly.
    So my questions are:

    How low should my bodyfat be right before contest if I want to look good but not be super ripped because I don't want to loose muscle unneccesarily?

    How long before contest should I start cutting in order to nail condition?

    I am thinking I should start cutting about a month before contest but I really have no idea. I understand that how long I cut is dependent on how strict I am in my diet but an estimate would be great. Any answers, tips or suggestions would be greatly appreciated.

    I WOULD SAY AT LEAST 12 WEEKS BEFORE YOUR SHOW BRO, YOU FAIRLY LEAN SO IT SHOULDNT TAKE ANY LONGER THEN THAT
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    Depends on different factors, like BF percentage, diet, how fast you wanna lose weight and im sure a lot more, Derek and layne could help you out with more info.

    I personally would cut 12-16 weeks out, depends on experience. I know derek and layne have their diets set up perfectly to their needs cause they know their bodys so they know exactly when to start dieting.
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    i always give myself 12 weeks and i never let my bodyfat exceed 10%. losing 1% bodyfat every 2 weeks is realistic and i like to give myself some extra time in case i screw up anywhere on the way. since its your first show, i would recommend a little extra time cause you will likely need to make a lot of adjustments. the more time you give yourself the better. this makes it easier to hold on to more lean mass
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