_ to explain the error in the post: “bulking” should say 250-500 calorie SURPLUS, “cutting” should say 250-500 calorie DEFICIT
These are both some older pictures but I wanted to show the differences during bulking and cutting..... both are gradual processes, @macsthetics has me slowly adjusting macros lower or higher based on my goal. You don’t want to jump up or low too fast or you risk easier fat gain or muscle loss.
Also it’s not always about just dropping calories to tighten up, we alternate added workout intensity (longer sessions, more reps, more weight, shorter break times etc etc) with those calorie drops. If we dropped calories every week I would have nothing left. It’s much better to work more instead of eat less.
Experiment with your diet and figure out what works for you. One thing I can say is you have to stop guessing. Knowing what you’re eating on a regular basis will help you a lot more when it comes to making adjustments...
A note on “cheat meals”. When I cheat it’s actually tracked and still kept within my calorie deficit. If you just think you can have anything, more than likely you’ll be over your goals and screw up your progress. Try eating less at a few meals and use those saved up calories for one larger meal, or maybe eat less calories during the week and save those extra calories to throw into one day where you can eat bigger or at your favorite restaurant. Key is planning ahead!
despite what Pinterest says NO I don’t use any special fat burners or magic pills. I may have some protein powder here and there but mainly it’s all food....and periodically some #kratom for energy or sleep.