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    First Real Bulk, Need Advice

    Hi all,
    I often read forums, but rarely participate and now is the time I'd like some of you guys to offer opinions. I'm tired of these instagram experts selling programs and would rather get advice from real people here.

    I've always been afraid of getting chubby, so I've avoided a proper bulk, but almost 3 months in I feel like I have a good streak going and I am dedicated to this for at least 6 months. My question is, how do I know what weight to hit before I begin the cut? I'm 5'8" and currently about 163lbs (started at about 155 on January 8). I just set 6 months bulk as a goal without a real weight goal. My end goal is an aesthetic physique.

    As well, my macro breakdown currently is 50% carbs, 30% protein, 20% fats. I'm increasing about 100 calories a week. Is this a good route?

    These may sound like rookie questions and I'm definitely that. I'd appreciate any kind of feedback.

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    #1 - You are lifting HARD in the gym?
    #2 - If you are gaining more than 2 pounds a MONTH, you are likely adding more fat than necessary (since under the BEST conditions for a natural, 2 pounds of muscle a month is about the best you can do)
    #3 - Increasing food by 100 calories a week is too aggressive unless you just want to gain WEIGHT and don't care how much of it is fat.
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    get 100-150 grams of protein and than fill the rest of your meals with veggies and some brown rice or pasta. From what I've gathered unless you are an advanced bodybuilder, or unless you have hours of free time to measure your exact food amounts and macro distributions, that you have probably measured your food portions incorrectly anyways and your macros are nonsense.

    Now, Stop thinking about what "weight" to stop bulking, instead try to set lifting targets for the important exercises, Example deadlifts/squats/bench/rows. Deadlifting 315 requires a decent amount of muscle and once you hit your 3 plate deadlift this is when you should cut, in my opinion. On your cut put more focus into your macros.
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