Today marks the start of my 16 week cut. I have been bulking for around 10 months now and the bulk has finished at 3,006 calories a day (406g of carbs!!! A number I never thought I would see!) This was after reverse dieting from 1300 calories, I had cut for a holiday and there was no way I was going to continue to eat so little calories. I weighed 50.9kg at the start of the reverse diet. After reverse dieting and bulking I now weigh 58.7kg. This is the heaviest I've ever weighed, and it hasn't been easy.
After being able to wear whatever I wanted, during the bulk I really struggled with how I perceived my body. I know I am not fat, but like everyone I put the majority of weight on in one place. For me that's my stomach. However one plus side, some of it went to my ass!!
Throughout the bulk I worked on building my strength, putting all the extra calories to good use. My strength has definitely increased and my technique in lifts has certainly improved.
Whilst cutting I won't be excluding any of the foods I love, of course I won't be eating as much of them as when I was on a bulk. This will make the 16 weeks so more manageable. For many people as soon as you cut out foods you enjoy you're setting yourself up to fail. Flexible dieting is sustainable. You have to be sensible and there is no way you could hit your macros by eating chocolate and crisps all day! I'll continue to eat chicken, vegetables, sweet potato and rice which is seen as "bro food" but I will also have a bowl of coco pops if I fancy them - no need for a cheat meal.
A question I get a lot is what am I doing this all for? Am I competing? - is a common one. I am not competing and never will compete. I respect people that compete so much, it takes a serious amount of dedication and I think if I pushed myself I could have that dedication. I am meticulous with my macro tracking and training, however it is not for me. For me it is something to aim for, the reverse dieting and bulk was a way to get out of eating so little calories, increase my strength and to get my calories a lot higher so when I decided to cut there would be a lot more movement on calories. I believe having a goal when training is always important.
I am hoping I have built some good muscle throughout this time and at the end of this cut there will be a good improvement from the last one.
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