View Full Version : Stuck in the Middle

10-07-2015, 03:48 PM
Last week I finished a 12 week. I would say it was a relative success. Gained 12 lbs, from 182 lb to 194 lb. Upped pretty much all my PRs by 20-30 lbs. My most proudest lift gain is my squat which at the start was around 280 lb and it now it's 320. Right now I'm taking a deload week and eating at my new maintenance of 2,950 kcal. I was planning on cutting next week for 8-10 weeks, then starting a bulk all over again. This time though a slow gradual bulk. Here's the problem, I don't feel like I gained an adequate amount of mass to warrant a cut. Sure I'm about 15%+ bf, but I still feel and look lanky. I think I could still recomp. I came up with three options:

1. Say f*ck it and just cut.
2. Carb cycle
3. Eat at maintenance and see if I can still build relative mass while staving off fat gain(I'd probably be spinning my wheels).

On one hand, I feel I should keep it simple and just cut the fat off, start another bulk in December, and keep at that bulk slowly and gradually. On the other hand, I don't think I'm big enough to cut the fat off, revealing the "noob gainz" that I have underneath. It's just not adequate enough for me, BUT I don't like this layer of fat on me at the moment. Especially the love handles. What do you guys think?

Here's what I was pre-bulk

Here's where I am now:

10-07-2015, 04:26 PM
Cut. Do it slowly. Aim for 1 pound of weight loss per week. Do not carb cycle that's a waste of time

10-07-2015, 05:30 PM