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At what BF % do you decide its time to cut

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2006/07/12 12:03:40 (permalink)

At what BF % do you decide its time to cut

Just curious as to how people decide when its time to start a cut.

I originally thought that most people bulk in the winter and cut when summer is close.

I recently found that some people bulk until they reach a certain level of BF and decide its time for a cut. I think this is probably a good idea as you will be able to avoid looking fat during the bulk, i.e. ensuring you dont go over an unacceptable limit.

Does anyone here follow this approach and at what point (BF%) do you decide its time for a cut?

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    RE: At what BF % do you decide its time to cut 2006/07/12 12:28:18 (permalink)
    This will be a matter of personal preference. I don't like to let my abs fade away when trying to increase size. Some people are happy to be big, but never really have abs, just a good general shape. Its all about priorities for some its condition, for some its size, some want both. For those that want both there has to be an acceptance than there will be times when BF is higher than one would like.
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    RE: At what BF % do you decide its time to cut 2006/07/12 12:56:48 (permalink)
    I don't like to go any further than a 4 pack lol, once the belly starts to look to smooth - then it is time to cut.

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    RE: At what BF % do you decide its time to cut 2006/07/12 12:59:06 (permalink)
    I agree, the mirror is a great guide, I watch the abs and love handles and if they start to expand or go blurry then its time to lay of the cals!!

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    RE: At what BF % do you decide its time to cut 2006/07/12 14:11:49 (permalink)
    Does that mean you all look reasonalby lean throughout the year?

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    RE: At what BF % do you decide its time to cut 2006/07/12 15:22:56 (permalink)
    Yeah, I want to look relatively like a bodybuilder all the time not just for a month or two in the summer!

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    RE: At what BF % do you decide its time to cut 2006/07/12 15:45:50 (permalink)
    I dont use this protocol.

    I just bulk up during the colder months (but slowly, last time I bulked up, I thought it was an excuse to everything in sight, KFC, Chinese takeaway etc etc but then got well fat and so regret it) and also organising a diet around my lifestyle so as to not exceed 15%-16%, from there, I maintain and just keep working out.

    Then leading up to summer, I decide to cut as your body wont be hidden under so many layers of clothing. Some people can bulk to say 20% and cut very well, but for me, itll take too long and itll be too hard. Would just prefer to cut for say 8-10 weeks and aim for about 4% cut in body fat. Losing weight too quickly imo would mean more chance in losing muscle as youd have to drastically cut your cals.

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    RE: At what BF % do you decide its time to cut 2006/07/12 16:21:12 (permalink)
    same here I dont like it when my stomach isnt perfectly flat, which is around 15% BF, I then cut to around 11-12%. Also it means I dont have to buy new trousers due to large fluctuations in waist. For me I usually cut slowly, 2-3months

    I'd say cut when you feel fat, bulk when you feel skinny.

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    RE: At what BF % do you decide its time to cut 2006/07/12 16:28:47 (permalink)
    i will personally go up to 20% and then cut, however i will leave a good 3-4 months to cut if i go this high.

    i hate the transition period from bulk to cut and vice a versa its the equivalent of bodybuildings no man's land!
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    RE: At what BF % do you decide its time to cut 2006/07/12 18:34:00 (permalink)
    if you bulk at say 15%, and cut at say 20% is it not possable to maintain a happy medium...say 17% ?

    ....or do you automaticly put on fat when you build muscle?
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    RE: At what BF % do you decide its time to cut 2006/07/12 18:38:00 (permalink)
    You are eating over maintainance calories in order to try and bulk up, so, you will put some fat on.
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    RE: At what BF % do you decide its time to cut 2006/07/12 18:50:36 (permalink)
    I hate having that fold at the bottim of my lats where they hit my waist, and I hate looking 'soft'. This is in the process of changing and afterwards I intend to maintain semi good condition at least no matter what my bulking goals may be. I tend to hold arond my obliques and lower back and I want rid of that littlebulge that I get there despite having partially visible abs.

    I hope to get to a state where I can hold the condition even when trying to gain (and be happy with my physical appearance) as I seem to have found a good calorie balance in my life for that, so now it's look good, maintain and grow and with any luck have no real cause to cut again
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    RE: At what BF % do you decide its time to cut 2006/07/13 00:38:04 (permalink)

    ORIGINAL: northern irish

    Yeah, I want to look relatively like a bodybuilder all the time not just for a month or two in the summer!


    Im not in competitions but i would think its the opposite for people doing it for competitions..
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    RE: At what BF % do you decide its time to cut 2006/07/13 11:01:07 (permalink)
    I see your point, but a lot of pro's, Dexter Jackson for example, stay relatively lean year round and really rip it up for the show. I will hopefully compete one day, but still don't see the need to be over 15% bf, plus staying relatively lean makes cutting all the easier.

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