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    When to stop cutting and start bulking.

    So, I started dieting almost 7 months ago now and I've lost around 27kg in that time. I now weigh 78 Kilos (I'm 179 Cm's tall), down from my highest of 105 and I've largely achieved that through exercising pretty much every day (with rest days thrown in when I feel like I need it) and moderating/controlling the amount of calories I intake (haven't focused particularly hard on overall macro's). I hit the gym 3 times a week and I do some form of Cardio 6 days a week. (30 minute runs 4 days a week and 45 minute Bicycle-Rides the other 2). I'm finally starting to 'feel' considerably healthier and like I'm not a fat ****, yet despite this my goal of losing weight was only ever supposed to be a stepping stone to getting shredded at sometime in the future. Now that brings me to my question. At what point should I stop cutting and start bulking? Through the lifting I've managed to retain some, but not all of my original muscle - it's nowhere near the point I would like it to be but I didn't end up a 'skinny-fat' as some call it.

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    Ideally you want to cut enough to "make room" for a bulk. For most people, that means cutting enough that they can bulk for 6-9 months or even longer before becoming uncomfortably fat and needing to cut again.

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    Originally Posted by dmacdonal9 View Post
    Ideally you want to cut enough to "make room" for a bulk. For most people, that means cutting enough that they can bulk for 6-9 months or even longer before becoming uncomfortably fat and needing to cut again.

    Post a picture for more specific advice.
    ^^^ this all the way, the leaner you are the better to bulk, but that depends if you really need to cut, post a pic like @dmacdonal9 said.
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    Cut until you can live with the amount of bodyfat you have left. Now take off a couple more and then transition int a mass adding phase. Keep very close tabs on your cals and waist size. If your waist starts growing more than a little you need to lower cals. More food does not equate to more muscle. Many people stop counting cals when adding mass and this is the wrong approach
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    Originally Posted by Tommy W. View Post
    Many people stop counting cals when adding mass and this is the wrong approach
    This is where I go wrong all the time.
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