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2005/07/27 22:12:12 (permalink)

Advice Needed!

Hi gents,

I'm new to this site as you can see - I'm sure I've come to the correct place for some quality advice & info.

I've been training for approx 5 years (on & off) & made some good gains in the first 3 years. I'm now 23 yrs old, 6ft tall & weigh 200lbs. The problem is I have been this weight for the past 2 years & can't seem to build anymore quality mass.

I know my diet is to blame. I've been eating roughly the same foods (Monday to Friday) during these 2 years, & eating any old garbage on weekends. I've never changed my eating habits for bulking/cutting phases etc. I think I was afraid of gaining too much fat.

I've always been interested in the weights but never really taken an interest in the dieting (big mistake I know!)

What I would like to know is:

1) What are the main differences between a bulking & a cutting diet, in terms of what foods you actually eat?

2) & do you see big differences in your physique when you change from one to the other?

Thanks in advance for all your help.... hopefully I can finally get serious & make the gains I've wanted to make for the past 2 years.

Thanks.
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    RE: Advice Needed! 2005/07/27 22:16:16 (permalink)
    The main differnce IMO between cutting and bulking is mainly in terms of portion size and toital calories......we all eat differently...but the basis for many ppls diets remains the same regardless of goals.....when bulking a few more treat and cheat meals may be included with bigger portions etc..but mostly the diets are built on simlar foundations.

    Chicken , eggs, oats, pasta, whey, etcetcetcetc all the usual stuff.

    Big difference when you change from one to other.well you do it right....you get bigger on one and smaller on the other!!!!
    post edited by nickpellatt - 2005/07/27 22:17:41
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    RE: Advice Needed! 2005/07/28 12:55:46 (permalink)
    1) What are the main differences between a bulking & a cutting diet, in terms of what foods you actually eat?


    As above really. The types of food I eat are the same whether I am trying to loose body fat or trying to gain muscle.

    The only difference being the amount of those foods consumed and the times that they are eaten.

    2) & do you see big differences in your physique when you change from one to the other?


    Overnight? IMO no.

    Any worthwhile changes you make to your physique will take time. For example I am approaching the end of a 12 week cut - day to day I see little difference. But from about 10 weeks ago to now I can see a huge difference.

    I find it takes a lot of trial and error - slowly adjusting eating / cardio etc in order to change from one to the other. Next time I decide to cut/bulk the time taken to find the correct balance should hopefully be less - I know my body a bit better now.

    But over a long period of time, if you put in the hard work, monitor what you are doing, adjust your diet/exercise to continue to meet you goals - you should see massive changes (for the better!)

    MF
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