Building Muscle: Bulking and Cutting
The Importance of Making the Switch: Bulking and Cutting
In the world of bodybuilding, there has been a lot of debate about bulking and cutting. Some people say that you should bulk all year long to pack on as much mass as possible. Others believe that they should cut during this time so they can get shredded for competitions. So which is it? Which strategy is best for increasing muscle size and getting ripped? The answer lies in crazybulk and understanding what each process entails..
Bulking is the act of accumulating muscle mass to eventually be cut. This process typically lasts from a few months up to six months depending on what your goals are and how aggressively you’re bulking. The goal here is building muscle and packing on as much size as possible, so it doesn’t matter if the fat comes along with it or not. As long as caloric intake exceeds calorie expenditure over time, gains in lean muscle tissue will occur while body fat increases concurrently (assuming you have good nutrition).
Cutting takes place after bulking when someone has finally reached their desired amount of weight gain for competition purposes. Cutting involves reducing calories drastically which causes stored bodyfat to turn into energy that can fuel workouts without causing side effects such as energy loss and increased difficulty in maintaining muscle mass.
Cutting also aids in shrinking excess body fat that was gained during the bulk and feeling better about yourself. So it’s not just for aesthetics, but is an important process to maintain a healthy weight. When cutting, you might lose two or three pounds of hard-earned muscle tissue per week depending on your starting point and how aggressively you cut calories down (since losing more than one pound per week may compromise gains). You will usually need only six weeks if you start out with fairly low levels of bodyfat so this time period can range from up to six months depending on what your goals are and how aggressively you’re bulking.