You hear the terms ‘bulking’ & ‘cutting’ thrown around a lot in fitness circles. What do they actually mean though? In simple terms, bulking is eating above maintenance in order to gain muscle. Cutting is eating below maintenance in order to lose fat. It’s very difficult to gain muscle and drop fat at the same time, so you see bodybuilders, fitness & bikini competitors going through bulking & cutting cycles.
I decided before Christmas that I’d concentrate on building some muscle for the next five/six months or so. For me, that means consuming 2,500 calories a day, 200 above maintenance. Eating above maintenance will give me extra energy in the gym, so I can hopefully set PRs all over the place! I’ll look at where I am in May/June and start cutting, which means dropping to around 2,100 calories. I’ll do this gradually over a few weeks so that I don’t feel too deprived.
This is my first time doing a ‘bulk’, so I’m interested to see how it goes!